EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN – December 29, 2020 – Hailing from the heartland of the upper Midwest, indie folk, singer-songwriter, Jerrika Mighelle announces the release of her first single, Trouble, available today, on all streaming digital platforms. With her upcoming, full length sophomore album – Mighelle shares her voice and her songs with the world with the release of Brightest Star, in the new year, on February 24, 2021.
Inspired by the sudden loss of her mother in the summer of 2016, Brightest Star, is a personal album written by Mighelle from grief and processing her mother’s death. During this time of reflection, music was the place Jerrika Mighelle was able to escape, where she could feel close to her mother. “My mother was my best friend, my moral compass, my confidant. When she died I was shattered. The songs on this album come from that place.”
“My mother was the first person I ever shared my music with. When I am rehearsing on my own, I can still hear her voice from the other room just saying the kindest words of encouragement that continue to inspire my songwriting and creating music. She is still here encouraging me every step of the way.”
Mighelle felt this presence when she opened for the Milwaukee based duo, Dead Horses at the Pablo Center at the Confluence 2016. During live performances, Mighelle’s spiritually connects to her audience through the deep meaning of her lyrics, and roots based rhythms, “Emotions are right on my sleeves at shows from all the wonderful, magical energy.”
The first single, Trouble, showcases Jerrika Mighelle’s diverse musical talent as a singer-songwriter and performer with a full band, creating the breakout sound of rich, rock and folk harmonies.
Produced by Evan Middlesworth at Pine Hollow Studios with music and lyrics by Jerrika Mighelle. Trouble features Jerrika Mighelle on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, with Evan Middlesworth on electric guitar, Shane Leonard on drums, and Robbie Weisshaar on electric bass.
The full length sophomore album, Brightest Star, to be released on February 24, 2021 – was born after reflecting on her mother’s passing and the natural progression of finding peace.
As Jerrika Mighelle realized it was time for her get back to her passion of writing, and playing with fellow artists. Brightest Star was recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with a stacked lineup of guest musicians, including Shane Leonard (Field Report, Anna Tivel), Evan Middlesworth (The National), and Serena Wagner (Sniffle Party), in which Mighelle creates a collection of timeless songs that thematically look for solace and hope in light of life’s challenges.
Brightest Star was recorded, mixed, engineered, and produced by Evan Middlesworth at Pine Hollow. Co-produced by Jerrika Mighelle and Shane Leonard and mastered by Gabe Larson at Journeymen Studios.
Brightest Star Tracklisting:
Banks on the River
With or Without You
Find more at www.jerrikamighelle.com