As the excitement of the Shrimp and Grits Festival unfolds upon the Golden Isles this weekend, All on Georgia Glynn had the opportunity to spotlight one of the artists that will be performing on stage in an interview with the young and talented, Micahlan Boney.
Micahlan’s beautiful voice and music will be gracing the air of Jekyll Island on Saturday, September 15th. At the young age of 17, this singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is about to leave her mark behind during her performance on Skeet Stage.
Micahlan’s heartfelt lyrics about loss and life belie her young age. A playful yet deeply-soulful performer, she delivers truth through energetic live shows whether performing solo or with a band. Able to deliver spirit driven messages about real life through both reflective ballads and up-tempo tunes, Micahlan channels her youthful energy, sass, and also shows professional musical abilities in every note.
Micahlan began performing on fiddle with her older brother at the age of eight and writing songs. She added the guitar, mandolin and banjo in the following years. Micahlan’s songs simmer with ingredients from old-time, country, blues, and rock traditions with revealing relatable messages about heartbreak, hope, love, longing and her ongoing evolution as an artist and young lady. (Micahlan Boney bio)
Micahlan’s beautiful heart and soul shined through during her interview with All on Georgia/Glynn:
AogGlynn: What genre of music do you love to sing?
Micahlan Boney: I mix the energy from early rock ‘n roll, the groove of funk, and the cry of traditional country in my sound.
AogGlynn: How old were you when you started to sing?
Micahlan Boney: I traded a hairbrush for a microphone around the age of ten years old when my brother and I started a band. I later began to perform with bands in the Statesboro area whenever I was twelve.
AogGlynn: What was your inspiration to be a musician especially in your genre?
Micahlan Boney: Uplifting people by entertaining them was my inspiration to begin playing music and still is today.
AogGlynn: If you can give any advise to other young people to follow their dreams what would it be?
Micahlan Boney: There’s a great need in our post-authentic world.
AogGlynn: Who is your role model?
Micahlan Boney: The luthier Randy Wood has always been a role model to me. The instruments he makes are world famous for the magic in their touch and have been preferred by music legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Bill Monroe. I’ve been going to his music store, which he opened in Bloomingdale, Georgia after retiring from Nashville, since I was a little girl. I’m lucky enough to play a banjo and mandolin which were built by him. The mastery he has in his craft and the humbleness he displays with folks–whether they are looking for their first guitar or if they’re a member of the Grand Ole Opry– make Randy a role model to me.
AogGlynn: Where do you aspire to be in 10 years?
Micahlan Boney: I aspire to be on stages across America doing what I love most: connecting with audiences, playing rock ‘n roll/country fiddle, and sharing the songs which I’ve written.
As her bio states, at the age of 17, she has the experience to impress and entertain. She has performed in 10 states and solo and as part of various bands . She has been a member of 2 Americana bands playing first with banjo master and a musical mentor, James McKinney in his band, The Night Travelers. She also played with Grammy award winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb in her band, Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction. Micahlan won the Savannah Country Music Showdown in 2017.
Also, in 2017 she won the John Hartford Memorial Songwriting Contest in Bean Blossom, Indiana. In Sept of 2017, her show and abilities as a fiddler attracted the attention of The Kentucky Head Hunters who asked her to join them on stage at the Gram Parson’s Memorial Festival in Waycross, Ga. The Head Hunters had never played with a fiddler or a teenager before her.
To see this gifted performer on stage, come to the Skeet Stage in Jekyll Island on Saturday, September 15th at 1:45pm.
For more information, visit her website micahlanboney.com.