Platinum selling artist, Mýa explains the importance of hard work to EZ Street of 93.9 WKYS, “The importance of the grind and the work is for longevity…It’s hard playing a game of catch-up if you don’t do your homework…If you do the legwork, that’s like a cushion that will take you anywhere you want to go. There is always room to grow, but that legwork will definitely keep you in something a lot longer and you can remain stable and take care of people financially. Also teach and pass the torch.”
Mýa’s Path to Success and Longevity in The Music Business
- Mýa practiced privately until she was ready to come out (with friends, in school plays and the gospel choir).
- With the help of her parents, Mýa created professional demos (save money and invest in yourself).
- Mýa learned about the recording process and how to write songs while creating demos.
- The demos Mýa and her parents created were shopped around. Mýa didn’t rest on her talent.
- Mýa was signed to an independent label, University Music, in DC after signing live for the label owner, Haqq Islam.
- Mýa recorded more demos for University Music, and those demos where presented to major labels.
- In 1998, Mýa signed to Interscope Records as a test or tryout. This is typical of many new artists. Even if you’re a great singer and performer, there is no guarantee that the music will sell.
- Mýa’s first 2 albums were certified platinum: Mýa, Fear of Flying; The third album, Moodring was certified gold.
- Mýa became an independent artist in 2008 founding Planet 9, and learned much more about the music business and music production.
- Since music was her first love, Mýa never let any issues destroy her love for music.