Born and raised into a musical family, Misao McGregor is an singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been trained as a classical singer and pianist from an early age and is currently self-producing her own work which has roots in indie, pop, and soul. An openly gay, mixed race, second generation Japanese American, Misao is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights and gender & racial parity in mainstream media.
What inspires you to make music?
The truth is I’ve never known my life without music so it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly inspires me to make it. I think music inspires me to be myself, it helps me navigate the world, and it’s the greatest inspiration for me to live a full and creative life.
Tell us about this project?
“Runaway” is my first self-produced release on major streaming platforms! I wrote the song after returning home from my first year in school and found myself stuck in the same traumas I had tried so hard to escape. I ran away from the smoke when I needed to run into the fire, and that bravery pushed me to start producing my own music.
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
Growing up, I listened to Sara Bareilles, Rascal Flatts, Tegan and Sara, Steel Train, Switchfoot, Ella Fitzgerald, Air Traffic Controller, Debussy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bright Eyes, Earth Wind & Fire, just to name a few 🙂
Are You Working On Any New Projects?
Yes, I’m currently working on an album that I am hoping to release within the year. It’s in its very beginning stages but it will be my first record. Ever.
How long have you been creating music?
I’ve been writing songs since twelve years old, mainly piano and voice.
Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
I can’t believe you’re listening and I am forever indebted to you all.