H E A V E N

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  K N O W S

The Journey

 

“Heaven Knows is the culmination of a life’s work exploring the craft of songwriting, singing and much later the art of music arrangement, composition, production and sonics. 

 

Creating this album has been an incredibly rewarding and equally challenging journey of creativity, learning and self-discovery, I have to admit, at times, I’ve nearly given up. 

 

Over the course of writing and producing this record I have lost my voice, suffered hearing problems, repeatedly questioned my capability, broken my back (and narrowly escaped paralysis), cried, been frustrated, laughed, overcome obstacles, lost hope and regained it, sought perfection, relied on peoples kindness, suffered fools, felt undermined, felt empowered, felt lost then found inspiration again, felt completely overwhelmed and full of fear, maintained perseverance.

 

…and then, I found light at the end of this long tunnel… and suddenly it was finished.

 

I hope this album reflects this colourful spectrum of human emotions for those who listen to it.”

MICA MILLAR (ad logo)

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H E A V E N  K N O W S

Track by Track Podcast

Mica talks about the writing and recording process track by track.

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A heartfelt letter of gratitude...

 

When you embark on a journey such as this one, with little knowledge of the road ahead, people and their words of encouragement and wisdom are nothing less than essential.

 

At the start, I didn't know how many people would hold me up, devote their time, skills, knowledge and help me bring together all of the intricate pieces that would come to form Heaven Knows.

The ancient African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" springs to mind. And no doubt I am the mother of fifteen children each with a unique story about their birth, growth and journey into the world.

Here I write, one week before the album is due to be mastered at Abbey Road. The journey here has been a long one.

From 

 

To those with the patients of saints...

Matthew Boone for your unwavering stability, commitment, dedication, generosity and very neatly laid out spreadsheets.

 

To Jasmine Allcock-Fox for your continued dedication to detail no matter how many tiny little revisions it took us to arrive at the stunning photography grades you accomplished.

To Gian Grainger for everything. You have been my rock from the very start. For understanding me, listening, creating magical settings and for the many many talking of glasses of wine in the middle of the night.

When you embark on a journey such as this one, with little knowledge of the road ahead, people and their words of encouragement and wisdom are nothing less than essential.

 

At the start, I didn't know how many people would hold me up, devote their time, skills, knowledge and help me bring together all of the intricate pieces that would come to form Heaven Knows.

The ancient African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" springs to mind. And no doubt I am the mother of fifteen children each with a unique story about their birth, growth and journey into the world.

Here I write, one week before the album is due to be mastered at Abbey Road. The journey here has been a long one.

From 

 

To those with the patients of saints...

Matthew Boone for your unwavering stability, commitment, dedication, generosity and very neatly laid out spreadsheets.

 

To Jasmine Allcock-Fox for your continued dedication to detail no matter how many tiny little revisions it took us to arrive at the stunning photography grades you accomplished.

To Gian Grainger for everything. You have been my rock from the very start. For understanding me, listening, creating magical settings and for the many many talking of glasses of wine in the middle of the night.

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Album Credits 

 

Written, Arranged, Produced

and Performed by Mica Millar

Backing Vocals

 

Mica Millar, Angeli Sweeney, Ellie Hulme, Tsana Osborne,

Yvonne Shelton, Tara Morgan, Juliet Igodaro, Adisa Allen,

Jamie Turner-Millar, Dominic Lawson

 

Pianos & Electric Pianos

 

Marc Morrison, Mica Millar, Bobby Sparks, Colin Brown,

Ben Lee-Smith, Kim Turner 

 

 

Organs

Marc Morrison, Colin Brown, Bobby Sparks,

Ricky Peterson, John Ellis 

 

Guitars

Miles James, Jessie Barnes, Tom Fripp

 

Bass

Arran Powell, Vince Chiarito, Jerry Barnes, Brandon Rose 

 

 

Drums & Percussion

Jonathan Tuitt, Jim Bertini, Josh Kaler

 

Drum Programming and Percussion

Mica Millar

Strings & Brass

Sam Davies, Josh Poole, George Burrage

 

String Arrangements

Mica Millar and Sam Davies (Flashlights)

 

Creative Team

 

Creative & Art Direction

Mica Millar & Matthew Boone

 

Album Artwork & Graphic Design

Mica Millar

 

Brand Consultant & Art Department

Gian Grainger

Sleeve Photography

Andrew Thomas

 

Additional Photography & Colour Grading

 

Jasmine Allcock-Fox

Technical Team

 

Mixing Engineers

Brian Malouf at Cooky Jar Studios

LA, USA

 

Vince Chiarito (More Than You Give Me)

Yvonne Ellis (My Lover)

Goldie, James Davidson and Kardanki

(The Defender)

 

 

Mastering Engineer

 

Geoff Pesch at Abbey Road Studio's

London, UK

 

 

 

Studio Engineers

Lead Engineer & Studio Pre-Production

Lewis Hopkins 

 

Assistant Engineer

Andrew Thomas 

 

Vocal, Strings & Overdubs Engineer

Mica Millar 

 

Additional Engineering

Vince Chiarito 

Recording Studio's

 

Middle Farm Studios

Devon, UK

 

Clockwork Studio's

Manchester, UK

 

Hive Mind Studio's

Brooklyn, NYC

Additional Arranging

 

David Z Rivkin (Fools Fate)

 

Additional Production

Goldie & James Davison (The Defender)

 

 

Single Sleeve Photographers

Andrew Thomas (Heaven Knows)

 

Jan Koblanski (Preacher Man & Down River)

 

Brandina Chisambo (Girl)

Dan Ollerhead (Nothing's For Keeps)

Jasmine Allcock-Fox (All Colour Grading & Retouching)

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Music Video Creative Team

 

Creative Director & Executive Producer

Mica Millar

Art Director

Matthew Boone

Video Directors

Matthew Boone (Heaven Knows & More Than You Give Me),

Mica Millar (Preacher Man), Charlene Jones (Girl),

Craig McLaughlin (Nothing's For Keeps), Ricardo Battaglia (Down River)

Directors of Photography

Jan Koblanski (Preacher Man & More Than You Give Me & Down River)

Ben Hibbert (Heaven Knows), Abbi Timmins (Girl)

Dan Cooper (Nothing's For Keeps)

Editors

Matthew Boone (Heaven Knows & More Than You Give Me)

Mica Millar (Girl & Down River), Charlene Jones (Girl)

Mike TBC (Preacher Man), Craig McLaughlin (Nothing's For Keeps)

Producers

Mica Millar (All) & Ricardo Battaglia

(Preacher Man, Heaven Knows, Down River, Girl)

 

 

Music Video Crew

First Assistant Directors

Sarah Palmer (Heaven Knows), Jack Johnson (Preacher Man),

Lissie Simpson (Girl)

Movement Director

Dan Lauder (Heaven Knows & Preacher Man)

Production Manager

Jack Johnson (Heaven Knows, More Than You Give Me)

Art Department & Styling Director

Mica Millar

Art Department Manager

Gian Grainger (Heaven Knows, Girl),

Holly Duckworth (More Than You Give Me & Preacher Man)

Stylists

Holly Duckworth (Preacher Man, Girl, More Than You Give Me)

Zoe Wilson (More Than You Give Me)

Hannah Jeffs (Heaven Knows, More Than You Give Me)

Dress Designer

Dominic Milner (Nothing's For Keeps)

Make-up Artists

Natalie Mckay (More Than You Give Me & Nothing's For Keeps

Paula Maxwell (Heaven Knows)

Katie O'Connell & Charlotte McHale (Preacher Man)

Clarissa Crooks (Girl)

Frankie Barnwell (Down River)

Jib Operators

Alwyn Davies (Heaven Knows),

Jan Koblanski (More Than You Give Me)

Drone Operators

Jan Koblanski (Down River),

Joshua Leodorfman (Heaven Knows)

Sound Engineers

Lucinda Potter (Heaven Knows)

Rebecca Catlow (Girl, Preacher Man, Nothing's For Keeps,

More Than You Give Me)

Gaffers

Owen Tuson (Girl & Nothing's For Keeps),

Ferdia De Buitléar (Heaven Knows)

Assistant Producers

Jess Adams, Niamh Barley, Jack Johnson

Camera Assistants

Andy Perch (Preacher Man)

   Khulu Khabo (Nothing's For Keeps)

Stylist Assistants

Chloe Urquhart (Heaven Knows)

Zoe Wilson (Girl)

Art Department Assistants

Kinga Covax (Preacher Man)

Enrique Tabone (Girl)

Makeup Assistants

Judith Sarah (Heaven Knows)

Jemma Walker (Girl, More Than You Give Me)

Production Assistants

Jamie Turner-Millar (Heaven Knows & Down River)

Kate James, Jake Metcalf, Matthew

Chandler, Chris Unboxed, Liban, Tom Edo (Heaven Knows)

BTS Photographers

Jack Johnson (Heaven Knows, More Than You Give Me,

Nothing's For Keeps)

Jasmine Allcock-Fox (More Than You Give Me)

Lissie Simpson & Zienab Berris (Girl)

Dan Ollerhead (Nothing's For Keeps)

Tom Edo (Heaven Knows, Preacher Man)

BTS Videographers

Jack Johnson

(Heaven Knows, More Than You Give Me, Nothing's For Keeps)

Various Crew (All)

 

 

Music Video Cast

Heaven Knows 

 

Angeli Sweeney, Tsana Osborne, Ellie Hulme

(Backing Vocals)

Ben Lee-Smith (Upright Piano)

Jamada Roberts (Organ)

Joe Luckin (Drums)

Chris Rabbits (Bass)

Elliot Whittey (Guitar)

Girl

Angeli Sweeney & Ellie Hulme

(Backing Vocalists & Dancers)

Elise Crosdale, Holly Duckworth, Joey Taylor

(Dancers)

More Than You Give Me

Sean Ward & Jack Johnson (Male 1 & Male 2)

 

Preacher Man

Zirihi Zadi (Lead & Choreographer)

Watta Zadi, Jess Mendes, Anya Thompson, Charlie Paddock,

Luke Whitefoot, Tia Holden (Dancers)

 

Made with Thanks To

James Plant & Kat Brown at Albert Hall, Manchester

 

Tom Henderson, Owen Tuson & Vector Project, Stockport

 

Futureworks, Salford

 

Lisa Coley & Sontronics Microphones

 

Cleo & Diabless Rum

 

Pauline Sedwick & Grandeco Wallfashion Group

Lefteris Angelidis, Ana Duran & Visual Architects

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