Shaela Miller Bio
Shaela Miller’s spent over a decade in Alberta country, and no doubt, her Joan Jett vibe, songwriting chops, and outstanding vocal tone could have put her on a number of paths, but she’s never bowed to the constant, overwrought attention-seeking bombast so common to today’s country radio.
As one of the Canadian prairie underground’s most respected independent artists, Shaela Miller is playing the music she wants to, adding the elements that progress for her vision, while firmly grounded in that go-to sound generation after generation grew up hearing on AM radio in single-cab farm trucks; picked-up shuffles and sweet, yearning songs depicting both the good times and hard times that only get written by someone who’s lived every minute of them.
Miller’s new LP, Big Hair, Small City, shows an incremental instrumental expansion from her previous full-length, 2018’s Bad Ideas. Amid the subtlety of Miller’s classic sawdust boogie, Big Hair, Small City shows her growing, record cutting maturity, adding just the right elements to build a distinct Tennessee Noir.
Career highlights: Nominee, Roots Artist of the Year, Alberta Country Music Awards (2020), Spotify Editorial Playlist Placements, “Live Country,” “Best Country Songs of 2020 Canada”, "Renegade Folk"(2021), Best International Music Video for “Colour My Love” Bare Bones International Film Festival (2018), Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis Tennessee (2017), Song Placement, HBO’s True Blood, “Lonely” (2012)
Notable performances: Canada Day at the King Eddy (2021), Headlining 10 day BC tour (2019), Headliner, Calgary Stampede, Coca Cola Stage (2019), Performer, Folk Alliance, Montreal, QC (2019), Folk Club circuit Alberta (2018/19), Carolyn Mark's Farm Fest, Victoria, BC (2018/2019), Blockheater Festival Calgary (2018), Calgary Folk Festival (2018), Headliner, Northern Lights Bluegrass Fest, Big River, Sask (2018), Headliner, Soul Fest, Twin Butte, AB (2018), 30-date Canadian tour for Bad Ideas (2018), Breakout West Festival, Edmonton, AB (2017).