Kelsey Mira is most known for her classical, ethereal vocals on video games: Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Luma Pools), Darksiders Genesis (main theme, throughout the game), and on the E3 trailer for Gods & Monsters. She also writes music and does session work for artists, commercials, TV/film, & music libraries, where she sings pop, broadway.
Kelsey Mira is an experienced singer/songwriter. She is a topliner, lyricist, songwriter, and session vocalist. She has a lot of experience singing in the studio, working with many different artists and composers, and reading music. She is an expert lead vocalist and background vocalist. Her turnaround time is quick.
On a production note, I can tune vocals well and make them sound like they weren't tuned. I work with melodyne. I record songwriting students and have been making their voices shine on their recordings for years.
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Interview with Kelsey Mira
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Gareth Coker is an incredible composer. I sang on Luma Pools. I'm proud of this soundtrack and the highly anticipated game is so much fun to play. It recently came out in March 2020 and I was stoked to be a part of it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A project I'm not allowed to talk about but it's a new video game. I'll be writing lyrics and singing on it. :D
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Analog will always have that shine to it but digital is the world we're in.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make sure you're happy!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Recording and teaching. I love working in the studio just as much as I love teaching people how to sing and write music. Performing is a fantastic outlet as well, but recording is the ultimate.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Please get it done quickly," to which I respond with," on it!"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can only sing classical! I trained for a very long time to be versatile and specialize in helping classical singers cross over to sing pop, rock, broadway, jazz, and more.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 50/50 writer's share and publishing share on anything we write together (unless it's just a small piece of the song I'm writing on). Obviously session work is session work but if I'm being creative with you, I'm not a ghost writer and need to be credited.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it! I'm versatile. I received a full scholarship to study voice in college at Xavier University and I like to get things right! You tell me what you want and I'll make it happen. I have zero ego and I love working on projects and getting it done quickly and right!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac, interface, keyboard, keyboard amp, mic. I'd just stuff the cords for everything in my pants, lol.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Singer songwriter, songwriting coach, then session vocalist. I have been a live performer for 15 years and have a residency singing in Beverly Hills every weekend.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Epic, colorful vocals. Amy Lee meets Sarah Brightman.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lady Gaga. She is a badass singer and songwriter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mic placement is super important. Finding that sweet spot and recording at the right volume is essential. Many vocalists record too close or too far away from the mic.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Classical and broadway.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Classical and broadway vocals. I have a great voice for Disney type of songs, like "Into The Unknown."
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am a great topliner! I hear melodies and lyrics easily. I am a strong vocalist. I can hit a high C in my classical range and can also belt through my middle voice.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am a great reader so when I do work for video games I read over the music, learn the song, watch the video to get a feel for the scene, then start recording. I am quick and can typically get things done in a matter of hours. I am a trained classical crossover vocalist so things are in tune and shiny when I send them over.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a sound treated room, an iMac with Logic Pro X, and use an AKG C414 condenser mic. My interface is Apogee Duet.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Video Game and Film composers. I love epic, cinematic music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Ethereal/Classical vocals for commercial Video Games. I do leads and layers of backgrounds.