I am falling in love with Mia Borders but I’ve never even met her. The young 20-something singer/songwriter seduces me with her music and earthy good looks. When I listen to her music, I am drawn into another world, one where raw emotion, honesty, and a river of desire flow freely.
I’m not the only who has taken notice of this gifted young artist. In June of this year, Marga Lincoln of the Independent Record in Helena, MT described Borders’ music as sensual, fresh, and intelligent. Keith I. Marszalek at NOLA.com has said that “Borders is one of those rare young talents that can sing about life, love, and loss and make listeners feel it.” He has stated that her lyrics are “personal” and “mature.” According to Marszalek, Borders is “an artist to watch.”
There is no doubt that people are watching and listening to Borders. Her CD “Magnolia Blue,” which was released earlier this year, was nominated for Best Emerging Artist from the Big Easy Music Awards. In April, her performance at Jazz Fest was broadcast across the nation. According to John Writ of the Baton Rouge Advocate, “Media attention for her has grown, too. Recent press coverage includes mentions in USA Today and The Times-Picayune and reviews in Offbeat and New Orleans Living.” It’s no wonder she has almost 1200 Facebook fans.
Although young and gifted, Borders is not an overnight success. She grew up in New Orleans and has always been surrounded by music. In the late 1990s when she was still just a kid, she began to play the guitar and write her own music. In early 2006, when she was still a teen, Mia, along with a few talented friends formed a Funk-Rock & Soul group that was quickly hailed as “New Orleans’ hottest buzz band” by the city’s own, Where Y’at Magazine. The band made an instant impression on the local music scene, playing legendary New Orleans stages like Tipitina’s, Howlin’ Wolf, Blue Nile, Carrollton Station, and The Parish at the House of Blues, to name a few.