Mickey Shiloh, known for her catchy song writing and memorable lyrics, is stepping out from behind the pen and paper into the spotlight.
She has had quite a journey in her 21 years. Born and raised in San Mateo, California Shiloh’s father was a rapper so she says she got the music bug from him. She started writing raps around age 8 and by 12 was learning to record. Shiloh signed her first deal at 15 with producer Chad Beatz (50 Cent, Cassie, Ashanti) and got her first major placement with Twista. She was introduced to Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins’ school and was signed to him as an artist and songwriter the summer before her junior year of high school. She worked with Darkchild for a couple years while she also attended the University of Southern California. During this time she wrote for JLo, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Ray J, Shontelle, Twista, Pitbull, Mindless Behavior, Jasmine Villegas, Belle Amie, Omarion, Jason Derulo, and the list goes on and on and on.
As busy as Mickey is, Celebrity Jabber’s very own, Shawn Parker, was lucky enough to catch up with her to get the latest inside scoop…
Some of Shiloh’s biggest mentors are Chad Beatz and Darkchild. She started working with Chad at such a young age that he was the one who really helped her develop her songwriting. When she got signed to Darkchild she really learned to master her songwriting and studio abilities. Working hands on with him in the studio for over a year she picked up so many gems of industry knowledge that is priceless. He encouraged her to challenge herself everyday and inspired her to work harder.
Some of her favorite and most influential artists consist of Missy, Redman & Methodman. “I studied them”, she says. “Nowadays, I mostly just listen to the songs I write for myself and other artists…mostly because I’m always thinking of ways I can make my records better.” Other music she usually listens to is Imogen Heap or an alternative rock band like Alter Bridge, she rarely listens to radio songs.
Mickey soon found out that the industry comes with all kinds of pressure and stress. She says, “Being a female in the industry! All kinds of pressures come with the territory. Everything from having the perfect image to how you act, to what you talk about on records, and just overall getting the respect you deserve.” She then begins to thank how much respect she has gained as a songwriter so that she doesn’t face as many challenges as a fresh new female artist in the industry would.
After Mickey dishes on her journey to a star she gives us the exclusive on her single and debut album. “I told myself this year I’m going to focus much more on the timing of when I put records out. I’m so creative and quick I love to just write how I feel in a moment and put it out the next day. I’ll be releasing a single within the next few months, I have a few already lined up. I rap and sing, so expect a dope fusion of the two”. After the few songs we sampled the album is poised to rocket to the top of the charts. We can exect a full lngth album potentially the end of 2013, but 2014 is more realistic. “The fun part, which can also be the frustrating part, is that I write about my life. If inspiration is low then I’m not as creative, but when I go out and live, I get so inspired that I create magic endlessly. That’s why I don’t want to rush an album, I don’t want to drop anything that is incomplete or forced.”
As we wrapped up the interview I threw in a few comedic curveballs, in which she knocked outta the park. I asked her who her celebrity crush is, she replied, “Which one”, as she laughed then further went on to reveal that Jesse Williams pulled her heart strings. I thought it’d be funny to ask her, if she was a Disney Character who would she be; thinking she might say Mickey??? You know, Mickey Shiloh…Mickey? No? But rather she stated NEMO, with good reason too! “I’d be Nemo, his journey was scary yet thrilling just like the one I’m on. There comes a time when you have to go out there on your own and see the reality. Then make your own.” Very insightful!