The band's most defining element is their 14-year-old lead singer and songwriter, Mikki. Her original compositions feature powerful and haunting vocals, melodic songwriting ability beyond her years, dark and emotional lyrics, and poignant piano blending with the band's passionate guitar performances.
Forming the band VIVEYNNE, Mikki released her first recording as an EP "Becoming Jane Doe" on May 11, 2009 with producer Chuck Kollatos of 7th Sign Recording Studio in Brantford, Canada.
"Becoming Jane Doe was almost like an experiment for me. i wrote all these songs over a year ago when i was 13, and wrote the melody for Blood to Bleed back when I was 12. I am extremely happy to see them recorded and on an EP. When i wrote these songs i was still struggling to find my sound and who i wanted to become as a musician. The album reflects this - but in a positive way. This EP, for me, is the start of a journey that will continue throughout my life. It portrays someone entering a new world as a nameless person who's willing to continue and discover different ground. This EP is special to me because it really reflects the first step on a road i'm sure to walk down."
Mikki has already garnered attention for her superb vocal work from rock bands worldwide and has been selected for the 2010 Beto Vazquez Infinity 10th anniversary album. BVI's discovery demonstrates the artist's already tremendous maturity since Beto has worked with many well established rock vocalists, including Marcela Bovio, Tarja Turunen, Candice Night, Floor Janson, Manda Ophius, to name just a few.
Looking ahead, fans can expect a full length CD by the end of 2009 which is already more than half written. Mikki's style and writing is becoming better defined going into her next album with performance and recording experience under her belt. Fans can expect a heavier sound in instrumentation and solid production on VIVEYNNE's first full length album.
Band MembersMIKAILA (MIKKI) STRAATSMA - Lead Vocals, Piano, Synth, words & music
CHUCK KOLLATOS - Lead Guitar
JOHN LAMA - Rhythm Guitar
SCOTT LOLLI - Bass Guitar
SCOTT FLETCHER - Drums and Percussion
BETH WILLSON - Backing vocals