Freya Milliken is a multitalented musician and singer-songwriter from Dorchester, NB, now finishing her final year in Acadia University's Bachelor of Music program. She draws inspiration from a variety of genres, such as folk, pop, rock, and jazz, and many people compare her style to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Maggie Rogers, and Tracy Chapman.
Freya's music is often complimented for its thoughtfulness, combining perceptive lyrics with heartfelt melodies and tasteful accompaniments on guitar. Her sensitive and gentle nature are key elements to the creation of her songs, "with a chills-inducing quality to her voice" (Heidi-Lyn O'Connor. 8 NB Artists to Watch For! Music NB Blog.), which describe the human experience and touch audiences from across the lifespan.
Freya is gaining momentum in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, performing in festivals, bars, community events, and various other venues across both provinces. She has hopes of expanding her audience across the rest of Atlantic Canada by continuing her festival rounds and seeking out artist development programs in 2023. So far, Freya has played the stages of Paddlefest, Full Circle, Festival Inspire, Larlee Creek Hullabaloo, Fest Forward, Festival 506 and Ancient River Festival among others.
Despite being involved in music since elementary days, Freya didn't picture herself as much of a performer outside of school concerts until the end of high school. "I was quite shy as a kid and through my teens but music and theatre helped me come out of my shell and realize my potential." It wasn't until the early stages of the pandemic in 2020 when Freya decided she would start taking her career more seriously by researching supports and resources for aspiring musicians, virtual showcase opportunities, crafting new songs, and releasing her first two singles which can be found on Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify.
Fast forward two years to Summer 2022; Freya is now employed by Music in Communities, learning to work live sound, facilitate educational programs, and contribute to the enrichment of various other community events in and around the Annapolis Valley; playing live shows regularly; and working with record label Surkeus Records to support the release of her debut album.
Freya is grateful to be surrounded by a supportive community of friends, colleagues, educators, fellow artists, and her family, and is thankful to have had access to music programs and educational opportunities since childhood. Now, as part of her work with Music In Communities, she is giving that same opportunity for Nova Scotia Youth to learn and fall in love with music by running various after-school programs and throughout the summer, one of them being a Queer Community Choir for all ages.
On top of all this, Freya is also in the process of writing new songs and recording her debut album. Her latest single "Tumbleweeds" is now available on all streaming platforms. More to follow in 2023.
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