A storyteller at heart, Mia Stegner views music as an avenue to ask questions, seek answers, and ponder both personal and collective pieces of the human experience. In her mind, no topic is too big or too small to explore, from the risks of treasuring a newfound friendship to the ethereal appeal of bath time.
Musically, Mia is influenced by a variety of artists and genres, and is most often compared to Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. Her work has been described as “quaintly expressive” in a review from the A&R factory; fans have called her music “heartfelt,” “quirky,” and “relatable.”
Mia’s songwriting experience is extensive and eclectic; growing up, she gained a musical foundation from singing in choirs, listening to music, taking piano lessons, and teaching herself guitar and ukulele. She first began writing songs in middle school, as a way to express herself and develop her skills as a musician and writer. In high school, she began sharing her work on YouTube, and released her debut album, Play. Since then, she has released four more albums.
In November 2020, Mia’s song “Very Next Day” won the weekly “Stuck at Home” John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her single “Quiet Chaos” was selected for the 2020 Hidden Lantern Arts Festival, an organization dedicated to “ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and starting conversations about mental health through the healing power of artistic expression,” a goal which Mia shares.
Through her music, Mia aims to promote empathy, understand the depth of her own thoughts and feelings, and make others feel less alone.