Milk & Honey

by Mikaela Kahn

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Over the last few years, Austin, TX based Mikaela Kahn has checked off many classic early 20s life milestones: graduated from college, moved to a new city, fallen in and out of love, embarked on her chosen career path. Of course her version isn’t entirely typical. College consisted of one of the world’s most acclaimed Jazz programs, and her career path included stints as a backup singer for an award winning Elvis impersonator and R&B luminary Chrisette Michele (including stops at Madison Square Garden and a support slot for R. Kelly). Still, these experiences helped Mikaela craft an extraordinary album out of the kinds of early adult experiences most anyone can relate to.

Mikaela’s debut full-length Milk & Honey is a collaboration with producer Justin Shelton. “We had always talked about writing together,” says Kahn, “but it never really worked out as we lived in different cities. One day he sent me a track he’d been working on and I got out my recorder, recorded a few freestyle melodies and lyrics, and everything just clicked. We finished our first song in about a week and it became “Losing You,” one of my favorites on the album.”

The album glides between pop and R&B touchstones, kicking off with the rousing lead single “Fire & Lace.” Expansive synth pads give way to shimmering guitar and a chilled out R&B groove before hitting the accelerator and shifting to a roll down the windows, shout the words in your car kind of chorus. Another standout, “Chemical Attraction,” sounds warped in from a 90s R&B/trip-hop dream. Mikaela rides the tightest groove of the record, sounding coolly sultry amid the retro, analog warmth of Shelton’s synths and guitar.

“I’m not afraid to write about things that are personal and vulnerable and I think that makes for more authentic songs,” says Mikaela. This statement is beautifully illustrated on “Losing You,” a touching ballad that sees her reaching emotive heights on a minimal R&B canvas that lets her charged vocals take center stage. “I Want You,” another highlight, immerses listeners in a moody electronic landscape reminiscent of current tastemakers like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd. Mikaela’s take turns on effortless vocal fireworks and understated hooks that are influenced by 90s legend Aaliyah.

With these seven tracks, Milk & Honey establishes Mikaela Kahn as an exciting new voice, unafraid to synthesize a variety of influences into a sound all her own.
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released April 14, 2015

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Mikaela Kahn Austin, Texas

Seattle-raised, now Austin,TX based singer-songwriter, Mikaela Kahn's forthcoming album, MILK & HONEY, displays the extents of her talents: the rousing, radio-ready pop of “Fire & Lace,” the icy electronic minimalism of “I Want You,” as well as classic, revitalizing guitar ballads on “Believe” and “Losing You.”

Full album will be released on April 14, 2015.
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Track Name: Fire & Lace
He’s been coming around on the daily

One hand in his pocket and the other one to the sky

He doesn’t care, doesn’t notice how much he amazes me
I’m hooked and I don’t know why

But there’s something about him that I can’t explain
And he gets me going again and again and again

He goes down like whiskey

Being around him always seems to make me dizzy
That kind of love burns like a flame
And it happened oh so quickly

I’ve been knocked out so please forgive me
If I can’t live without a taste...of fire and lace

I have never been one to lose my head
But this feeling burns right through me
He is danger and I am grace, I am caution and I am lace
I’m hooked and I don’t know why

He goes down like whiskey

Being around him always seems to make me dizzy
That kind of love burns like a flame
And it happened oh so quickly

I’ve been knocked out so please forgive me
If I can’t live without a taste...of fire and lace

And it’s so warm, I can’t deny it

Baby you’ve got me glowing... I gotta try it
It’s so warm, I can’t deny it

Baby you’ve got me glowing...and I like it

He goes down like whiskey

Being around him always seems to make me dizzy
That kind of love burns like a flame
And it happened oh so quickly

I’ve been knocked out so please forgive me
If I can’t live without a taste...of fire and lace

© Mikaela Kahn & Justin Shelton 2014
Track Name: Chemical Attraction
I’ve been separated from the action

You could be my little chemical attraction

We don’t need the city lights to feel our freedom flowing
Come on let me be your guide
‘Cause baby life goes by at a quicker pace
And I don’t wanna be swept away

I just wanna lay here

Baby hit pause and play here
And maybe if the mood is right
We could even spend some time

Take me, take me to the hottest desert

And we’ll be breathing into the pressure

We don’t need to go outside, the world is all around us
Let me fall into your eyes
‘Cause baby life goes by at a quicker pace
So while we have this time to waste

I just wanna lay here

Baby hit pause and play here
And maybe if the mood is right
We could even spend some time

And maybe we could read all day and listen as our hearts grow full
No distraction, no more delay

In our minds we travel far

Making love on a distant star
Baby with you is where I wanna stay

I just wanna lay here

Baby hit pause and play here
And maybe if the mood is right
We could even spend some time

© Mikaela Kahn & Justin Shelton 2014
Track Name: Losing You
Tell me how to fall back

Disconnect the call back...‘cause you’re ringing through my mind
And I know something’s changing

No it doesn’t feel the same when you and I hypothesize

And I know you used to say that I was your favorite thing

But somehow life got in the way and I feel our love unraveling

So tell me am I losing, am I losing you?
‘Cause baby my heart is bruising, and I’m wondering if yours is bruising too...am I losing you?

I don’t wanna miss you

‘Cause baby when I kissed you nothing ever felt so right
I am not possessive

But I’m just saying let’s give this love another try

And I know you used to say that I was your ray of light

But if you give your sunshine away, then who will light your sky?

So tell me am I losing, am I losing you?
‘Cause baby my heart is bruising, and I’m wondering if yours is bruising too...am I losing you?

You were lost, and you were scared before you made me the one
So be warned, and be aware that you will miss me when I’m gone

So tell me am I losing, am I losing you?
‘Cause baby my heart is bruising, and I’m wondering if yours is bruising too

So ell me am I losing, am I losing you?
‘Cause baby my heart is bruising, and I’m wondering if yours is bruising too...am I losing you?

© Mikaela Kahn & Justin Shelton 2014
Track Name: Believe
Certain as the sun don’t fight the red

Certain as a candle doesn’t feel the heat upon its head

I’ve been waiting long, I’ve been waiting long, I’ve been

Waiting for you to come on, and let go of fears that hold you back

Sometimes in the night I dream

That everything is what it seems

Nothing in the greater scheme, but I still believe

Whether it’s wrong or right I do, I do believe

That we are connected by, by the air that we breathe
I don’t know what’s waiting after I, after, after I leave
And I don’t believe in lies...
But I still believe
I still believe

And it never mattered much to me

Heaven is the tempo

Song is all the prayer that I could need

There ain’t nothing wrong, there ain’t nothing wrong with me
Nothing wrong with singing to the tune of your philosophy

Sometimes in the night I dream

That everything is what it seems

Nothing in the greater scheme, but I still believe

Whether it’s wrong or right I do, I do believe

That we are connected by, by the air that we breathe
I don’t know what’s waiting after I, after, after I leave
And I don’t believe in lies...
but I still believe
I still believe…

© Mikaela Kahn 2014
Track Name: I Want You
I Want You
Lyrics by Mikaela Kahn, Music by Mikaela Kahn & Justin Shelton

How did it get this far?
I guess we are just who we are

But that’s no excuse for the heart we tore open
When did I get this way?
If rules were made for breaking then why do I feel so ashamed?
And maybe it’s wrong but I still know...I’d probably do it all the same

‘Cause I, I want you, I want you baby
I, I want you, I want you

Why did you let me stay?
Am I a diamond in your focus,
A hypnotizing memory?
No you don’t have to say it ‘cause I know...the world is broken, broken hey

Ooh what do you do to me?
I can’t let go (of) your milky way

Baby I feel your pull so strong, so come on wrap me in your gravity

‘Cause I, I want you, I want you baby
I, I want you, I want you

I can’t fight it

Ooh I feel it all
Baby you’ve unlocked me
So I’ll just let it pour

‘Cause I, I want you, I want you baby
I, I want you, I want you

‘Cause I, I want you, I want you baby
I, I want you, I want you

© Mikaela Kahn & Justin Shelton 2014
Track Name: Love Interlude
Baby I love your mind

The way your colors shine

And if I could watch the world go by with you by my side
I know I’d be fine

I know I’d be fine

You know all the words

To a song in my heart that no one else has heard

And you recognize what hides inside so I feel reassured
Baby you’re the cure

Yes, you’re my cure

So give me a little more

Raise your glass and baby pour

‘Cause to me you are the sweetest wine and oh how I adore
So give me more

Ooh baby won’t you give me more

Give me more

© Mikaela Kahn 2014
Track Name: Where You Are
Heaven must have sent you to me

Pardon if I stumble, pardon if my knees go weak

‘Cause I’m feeling something
That I’ve never felt before

How long until I got you, how long until I’m there?
How long ‘till I can feel you boy, missing you, I swear
How long until I wake up to you and not a call?
How lo- -o- -ong...’til I am where you are?

I am awful fragile, and I am awful at playing safe

Without you here I tremble, you’ve got the love I can’t replace

‘Cause I’m feeling something
That I... just can’t ignore

How long until I got you? How long until I’m there?
How long ‘till I can feel you boy, missing you, I swear
How long until I wake up to you and not a call?
How lo- -o- -ong...’til I am where you are?

Oh I will never sacrifice another day
Darlin’ I will never hesitate

And oh I know there wasn’t another way
But how long must I wait?

How long until I got you? How long until I’m there?
‘Cause I can't take this burning, it’s killing me I swear
How long until I wake up to you and not a call?
How lo- -o- -ong...’til I am where you are?

© Mikaela Kahn 2014