Nova Miller: 90’s music with a modern twist

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Music has always been a part of 18-year-old Nova Miller’s life. Nova has early memories of sleeping in her parent’s guitar case backstage while they were on tour. She was discovered by retired artist turned music executive Lolene in a Stockholm dance studio at the age of 12. 

She is a multi-instrumentalist with a 5-octave vocal range. Miller has taken inspiration

from Christina Aguilera and Aretha Franklin and is often described as a guitar

playing Ariana Grande. She was constantly underestimated when she was first

starting her career. 

 “It is really hard to be a young, confident, ambitious girl. Starting out in the

industry, I always had to prove myself in different ways. I was constantly

being underestimated for my age and blasted for my confidence,” explains Nova.

She did not let people underestimate her and stop her from doing what she loved. 

She turned their judgment into motivation and it made her stronger. Music has been the

thing that has gotten her through childhood where she experienced bullying. 

It is really hard to be a young, confident, ambitious girl. Starting out in the industry, I always had to prove myself in different ways. I was constantly being underestimated for my age and blasted for my confidence”

— Nova Miller

“As girls, we have to be better, we have to do more to be seen. I’ll take that fight. I’ll

work a bit harder, and I’ll prove myself,” she explained. 

At the young age of 18 she writes strong minded lyrics that empower the audience. She

focuses on being an “anti-emo” artist and tries to make her music positive. 

Her music gives off a vintage aesthetic with till mixing in elements from new school pop.

Her song “Do It to Myself” is about driving yourself crazy and realizing toxic

behavior. The song talks about not giving someone else the power or chance to

hurt you because you have already done it yourself. 

The song highlights toxic relationships and sabotaging the relationship to the other

person can’t.

“I think that ultimately it comes from overcoming insecurity and finally realizing that

you have to love yourself before you can love somebody else,” She explains.

Her style of music is out of the ordinary with both vintage and modern techniques mixed

together. She talks about being born in the wrong generation.

“I’m just obsessed with that whole era, the aesthetics – everything,” the

eighteen-year-old muses. ‘In discovering myself as an artist, this feels really

natural to me,” she adds. 

Her music gives powerful messages that can be good for younger audiences to hear to give

them a sense of empowerment and knowing their worth as they grow up. 

Between the empowering messages embedded in the songs and Nova’s first-hand

experience with bullying and having to learn to love yourself, her music is an

amazing outlet for young girls to have. With this generation having problems

with bullying both online and in person, it is important to have someone who

you know understands what you are going through. The importance of remembering

your worth can get lost in the whirlwind of unrealistic expectations that the media,

but by hearing her music and hearing the emotion in her voice, the listener is

able to tell that the lyrics are true, heartfelt, and come from actual

experiences that you can relate to. Nova Miller’s music is exactly what people

need to get that confidence boost in order to feel confident in themselves and

strive to be the best version of themselves that they can be.