Student Spotlight: Millie McGuire

Below is an interview with junior Millie McGuire. The JagWire has edited the interview for content and brevity. 

JagWire: When and why did you start singing?

Millie McGuire: I’ve been singing since I was a kid, and I’ve been doing musicals since sixth grade. I didn’t realize I was any good at it until high school when Marichi Gupta [who attended CHS from 2012 to 2015] told me to audition for Unnecessary Measures, and I was like, “Oh I might be good at this!”

JW: Who’s your inspiration? Who do you aspire to model your music after?

MM: I have lots of musical inspirations, but my main one is my girl Amy Winehouse. She just loves the music more than anything else in the world, and her voice is pure beauty.

JW: What are you working on now?

MM: I performed in the CHS musical, Cinderella, as the stepmother, and I’m in the co-ed a cappella group Unnecessary Measures. I am also working on making an album with Chris Stamey, a local music producer.

JW: What is your album going to be like?

MM: I’ll let you know when I know! I don’t know anything as of now. We are working on figuring out my style. I’ve never written original music, and that’s all Chris Stamey does, so figuring out what I want my music to sound like and what’s do-able is definitely going to be a learning process.

JW: You were on the radio this past winter, right? What was that all about?

MM: So, Chris Stamey had this idea to write a 1960s Manhattan radio play, called Occasional Shivers, about me and some other singers like Walker Harrison [who attended CHS from 2011 to 2015] living in New York and trying to make it in the music business. I recorded demos with him, performed on NPR, and he just brought me along for the ride.

Junior Millie McGuire hopes to pursue a career in the music industry. Photo by Mireille Leone

JW: Do you have any plans for your singing career?

MM: The plan is to study music during college because I can sing somewhat well, but I don’t really know a lot about music theory and stuff like that. So I think the plan is to learn and then go from there. Eventually, I hope to release my own music and albums.

JW: What’s your go-to song to sing?

MM: I’m thinking probably “Valerie” [by Amy Winehouse]. I don’t know though. I think I sound really good singing “Baby” by Justin Bieber, which is ridiculous, but it’s like right in my sweet spot.

JW: Where can we listen to your music?

MM: You can find me on YouTube or SoundCloud — just Google Millie McGuire. On SoundCloud, it’s just my name, and my website is in the works.

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Senior Max Cline, not to be confused with Ian Foster, is the Arts & Lifestyle editor for the JagWire.
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