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MEETING DENICE MILLIEN for the first time surprised
me... and I am not easily surprised. I had a fair idea of
what she looked like, but when we were finally face to
face, the first thing that crossed my mind was, there is
NO WAY a voice that size could come out of such a tiny
package. It was like discovering that your newly adopted
kitten has a roar like the MGM Lion.
I hide my double take and we sit down. She begins to
talk about her singing, almost casually, as though what
she has achieved is no big deal. "I don't have a specific
genre of music. I do a fusion: R&B, Reggae, Pop...." It
sounds like a lot to me.
She began at the age of 7, reluctantly entering a school
calypso competition, with the encouragement of her
musical family. As she talks about the talent she is sur-
rounded by, I quickly put two and two together, and de-
duce that the sister who now does her promotion is
none other than Patrice Millien, our WOW cover girl of
December 7, 2014, whose creative agency, A Millien
Concepts, supports and promotes her sister's talent,
among many others.
Denice's acoustic covers of soca songs features promi-
nently in her sister's musical web series, Uncovered. Her
cover of Flipo's "Doh Tell Meh Dat" has already crossed
70,000 hits. The second series of Uncovered, by the way,
is about to be launched.
Her brother, David Millien, is the founder of Millbeatz En-
tertainment, the production company behind Denice's
The siblings get their talent from their father, a music
teacher who recently founded another company, A Mil-
lien Melodies. Obviously, if she had wanted to hide from
her musical heritage, she had nowhere to run. But the
music in her blood soon began speaking to her.
"I was accustomed being in the background; I never
thought I'd be in the spotlight. It was my brother who
roped me in ... I just went with the flow. What I want to
say only comes out in music. If I had any stresses,
teenage problems, I did cover songs and posted them
on YouTube. People
started asking for more,
and I thought ... maybe I
myself. I stopped hiding;
along the journey, the
passion found me."
Her watershed moment
came in 2013 when she was given the opportunity to go
to New York City by a company known as Talent
Seeker's United (TSU), who organised a showcase at
the Fusion night club in Trinidad & Tobago. As a result,
in 2014 she travelled to participate in a talent showcase
produced by some of Sony's execs. "I didn't even know
it was a competition," she says casually. "They an-
nounced the winners, and my name was one of them."
As she recounts the experience, her voice quivers. "I
didn't think I'd ever end up in the company of Sony execs,
performing for them. I mean, to perform down here is
one thing, but ...." She pauses. "The feedback was
tremendous." The executives also generously offered
her advice on how to proceed with launching what is
sure to be a stellar career.
Her brother, David, spotted the opportunity, and the two
stayed in the US awhile to make the right connections.
The buzz soon crossed the Atlantic, and the radio sta-
tions in T&T were calling her name and playing her
songs. "I gained a lot of experience, performing interna-
In June, the Millien brother and sister duo plan to travel
to Los Angeles, New York, and Canada, to set things in
motion for her next offerings, which will be released
under her brother's record label. There's a lot of work to
be done; she is currently working on promotional mate-
rial, such as her electronic press kit. "I hope we can make
enough connections to work with international studios.
I really like working out there."
In a surprising twist, Millian reveals that she has just fin-
ished a geriatric nursing course, because she loves the
company of older people, having grown up close to her
grandmother. "I was always that special child, with that
extra love to give." She hopes one day to qualify to offer
Music Therapy, a treatment that is sadly lacking in T&T.
Even at the age of 21, her life seems to be bursting at
the seams, with little time for extra-curricular activities.
In childhood, she did track and field, but now, she con-
tents herself with the occasional visit to a gym. Ro-
mance, marriage, and family are nowhere on her radar.
"No, no, no!" she exclaims.
Her life now is filled with nothing but music. "I practice
in front of the mirror, to communicate what I am feeling.
My confidence was lacking, but more performances will
help. It's all about my career. I know this is something I
want to make happen."
"I just went with
the flow. What I
want to say only
comes out in
By Roslyn Carrington
Makeup: Dianne John
Photography: Lem Joseph Wardrobe: Bling Boutique, Grand Bazaar
Stylist: Danielle Dollabaille Hair: Summer Pepper
Model: Denice Millien
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