• A storyteller at heart, Mia Stegner views music as an avenue to ask questions, seek answers, and ponder both personal and collective pieces of the human experience. In her mind, no topic is too big or too small to explore, from the risks of treasuring a newfound friendship to the ethereal appeal of bath time.

    Mia’s songwriting experience is extensive and eclectic; growing up, she gained a musical foundation from singing in choirs, listening to music, taking piano lessons, and teaching herself guitar and ukulele. She first began writing songs in middle school, as a way to express herself and grow skills as a musician and writer. In high school, she began sharing her work on YouTube, and shortly after released her debut album "Play."

    In addition to creating her own music, Mia also loves opportunities to help bring other artists’ visions to life, and works as a freelance lyricist, songwriter, backup vocalist, and songwriting teacher — from podcast theme songs to informal birthday gifts, she has completed 200+ projects for various clients. Between her personal and freelance work, she’s written hundreds of songs.

    She’s also the founder of Cléo's Collective, a creative services & sync company, and the writer/director of Rabbits Under the Shed, an animated children’s musical.

     

    "...musical theatre blended with the grit of indie rock...rhythmically engaging and fearlessly self-reflective.”

    -Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman

     

    "Consider putting her on your playlists as an act of self-care."

    -Amelia Vandergast, A&R Factory

     

    "Mia Stegner is both creatively astute and musically talented, harmoniously voiced and a true storyteller."

    -Robin Mumford, The Indie Plug / Our Sound

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  • Apples to Oranges, Dust to Dust

    October 23, 2021

    Written amidst grieving the end of a friendship, coming to terms with moving home due to the pandemic, and navigating an ADHD diagnosis, Apples to Oranges, Dust to Dust wrestles with the aftermath of broken trust, the effects of isolation, and a turbulent sense of self.

     

    "Apples To Oranges, Dust to Dust, is a sensational album – the music speaks for itself. Everything from the lyrical intelligence and purity to the structure, the superb musicianship, and Mia’s own meandering, faultlessly compelling vocal delivery." -Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman

    Scribbled Pleas on Yellowed Keys

    January 23, 2021

    I’m no stranger to introspection, but Scribbled Pleas on Yellowed Keys has felt like the deepest dive into my own thoughts and feelings yet. In this chapter of life, my world has somehow felt both numbingly unchanging and terrifyingly fragile, and I don’t have much of a clue what I’m doing, where I’m going, or what I want.

    These twelve songs are a direct response to the way my constant, desperate attempts to understand what’s going on in my mind and heart have intensified over the past few months. The first song, Scribbles, attempts to explain how I visualize this process in my brain; the rest of the album is filled with examples of the internal monologues, questions, and conclusions the aforementioned process has resulted in; and we end with Into Music, a slightly disjointed ode to songwriting as my preferred method of exploring, expressing, and externalizing all of this.

     

    "A quirky, personal indie pop album with stream-of-consciousness lyrics and fantastic fluid songwriting" -@musicimobsessedwith

    Painting the Bathroom Green

    August 1, 2020

    Written over the summer of 2020, Painting the Bathroom Green showcases my experience of trying to find connection in isolation, turn boredom into peace, and manifest comfort amidst fear. Lyrically, I relentlessly search for reasons to be grateful despite feeling stuck in a brain - and in a world - that feels broken. I beg for attention, wonder if it's safe to treasure a newfound friendship, and paint a bathroom green. Musically, the songs range from gentle and dreamy ("Stay Inside My Dreams," "Duck Encounter") to upbeat and angsty ("Crave," "Envy the Trees").

    Indebted to Blue

    May 1, 2020

    I view this album of an exploration of the way my struggle with mental health has fueled my art. If I was a little happier and a little healthier, would my art be better? Or would it be worse? Would it even exist at all? My art, the person I am, the world we live in - is it all indebted to blue?

    As much as I want to use my life to spread positivity, the negative feelings are often the ones I feel the need to express. And as much as I don't want to romanticize the struggle or paint mental illness as a creative superpower, I do think talking or singing about it can be cathartic for both myself and those who listen.

    In this album, I continue to make lemonade out of lemons, but I also try my hand at some other drinks. I look outward, instead of just inward. I sing about demons, and fear, and overthinking, and loneliness. I also sing about a spelling bee, a peach tree, tattoos, cold weather, and a kid making art with sidewalk chalk. It’s anything and everything, pieces of me and pieces of the world I witness, all wrapped up in 26 alphabetized tracks.

    Purple Door

    September 7, 2019

    Purple Door explores various aspects of my teenage years — stress, fatigue, my cellphone, coming out as bisexual, and struggling to make friends, to name a few. Lyrically, it’s filled with themes of anxiety, identity, and uncertainty. Musically, it’s influenced by the worlds of indie, folk, rock, broadway, and pop. Compared to my first album, Purple Door is just as much of a learning process, but it brings in more sounds and collaborators.

     

    "The thrill of creativity is apparent here, and this music sounds very innovative. However, there is also a very familiar element to it, bringing such a relatable listening experience to the table. The set-list is long enough for the record to be extremely diverse, making for a really amazing flow of music" -thebandcampdiaries

    Play

    February 17, 2019

    Play is comprised of previous work I had shared on YouTube throughout middle and high school. It includes a semi-frightening tune about self-destruction and self-construction, an exploration of agnosticism on guitar, a joyful nod to childhood, an experimental a cappella defense of sensitivity, and thirteen other diverse tracks.

    In addition to being a nod to “More Like Children,” part of the reason I called this album "Play" was because these songs were my first playground as an artist. I was just messing around, exercising my songwriting muscles, figuring out how to put all the pieces together, and growing in the process.

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  • "Excellent singer and lyricist. Very good communication, always keen to do more. I warmly recommend."

    -skanderguetari, via Fiverr

    "She wrote an English text on my Persian song and I am amazed how good the new text matches the vocal melody! I'm so glad that I've found such a great Lyricist and Musician. I will work with her again for sure!"

    -azadehbahrami, via Fiverr

    "Mia had a combination of heart, tone and control in her voice which very little singers have...Simply said? She is the best I've worked with."

    -dantemusic1, via Fiverr

    "This is absolutely amazing. There were a lot of tears. I can’t believe you were able to put it into words."

    -marieclaudemcmi, via Fiverr

    "My second gig with Mia confirms what I already suspected- she's super talented and full of creativity. Her descriptive, tuneful songwriting brings my instrumental tracks to life."

    -ross_rosferd, via Fiverr

    "A true artist! She was able to quickly capture the feeling and translate the words into a melody beautifully! Would definitely recommend to everybody!"

    -lockwoodca2, via Fiverr

    "Mia has a lovely voice and created the perfect melody for my song with one pass. I hope to use her in the future...A great pleasure to work with such a talented and professional songwriter and vocalist."

    -ljk2017, via Fiverr

    "Amazing and distinctive harmonies, delivered quickly with care. Thanks a lot Mia."

    -fuguestate80, via Fiverr

    "Lightning fast delivery and I am blown away how well she picked up the vibe of the song and paired it with a meaningful message. I am very grateful for your work!"

    -zsdante1, via Fiverr

    "Mia was able to fully understand a not-so perfect briefing from my end, while going above and beyond to create a perfect result! Her great attitude and love for what she does shows. Recommended A+++"

    -Thomas, via Upwork

    "Mia understood my vision and delivered beyond expectation. Professional, timely, quality work, and a rare niche of unique skills and abilities. Very happy buyer on this end. Highly recommended seller."

    -ekimros, via Fiverr

    "Incredibly talented and friendly artist to work with! provided some amazing harmonies that really took my song to the next level! if you are thinking about hiring her, do yourself a favor and do it!"

    -John, via Twine

    "Mia sang background vocals/harmonies on a song of mine. She was a pleasure to work with. So kind and responsive. I love a good harmony, and what she delivered was way better than anything I could've imagined. She is a true artist."

    -felixsunhps, via Fiverr

    "I contacted Mia as I needed a lullaby for my new baby class. Mia's work is exceptional and she was extremely professional and efficient throughout. We had ongoing conversations about all the specifics I wanted and any changes or alterations I requested were amended promptly and the finished piece fits so perfectly with what I had imagined. I am so happy with the final product and would not hesitate to contact Mia again in the future."

    -wonderfulnew, via Fiverr

    "Mia hosted a songwriting workshop as a camp counsellor last year. She was so much fun to work with!! She helped me get started writing a song that I’m super proud of :)) I would definitely pay money for her work again. She was very encouraging, kind, and inspiring! 12/10 stars."

    -Carly, via Google Business

    "Mia has created a masterpiece and I love it! My lyrics were a sentimental piece I created celebrating the birth of my son. Mia brought it to life with her angelic vocals and original melody! From the moment I heard her voice, I detected an angelic vibrato I loved; she really brought that out in this piece. What amazes me is her ability to select a melody on the first try!!! I’m over the moon with joyful tears!"

    -twinton2019, via Fiverr

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