Artist Interview: Mirlande Butler
Tell us about yourself and your music
Singing for a Cause
A native of Haiti, Mirlande Butler has developed a following in France, Brazil and the United States for her unique and delicate style of singing a mix of pop, jazz, Bossa Nova in French, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. She raises funds through her music to promote education in Haiti and often says that child education should be a human right not a privilege.
French popular music of the 70s and 80s has considerably shaped her style. When the Duvalier’s regime toppled in the middle of the latter decade, a host of newly sprung artists and styles emerged in the country. The traditional romantic and nonchalant style was fast replaced by a more popular, nationalist genre which reflected and spoke to the struggle of the Haitian people to break free from the dictatorship era.
Performing since childhood, Mirlande has sung to large and small audiences alike in the United States, Brazil and France among other places. Writer and guitarist John Elder says of her: ‘Mimi sings beautifully and with emotional power in four languages. Her style is the human heart.’
Enjoy Mirlande’s songs while helping to advance education in Haiti. Sample & download more songs at: sonicbids.com/mirlande
Talk to us more about your latest release
as expressed here, I am hoping to do a music video with it. Here is a link for it
Movie link included too
What inspired you to write this release?
Music is the one thing that I will always find time to do. As a director of an online school, I am very busy now, but do what is possible to integrate music in all I do. I hope that I will find a more substantial way to produce and be on stage where I belong!
Any plans to release a video?
I recently produced a single which I would like to put on a video.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have great prospects to support shows in the Caribean. Let me know whether your network would want to send some of their artists and we can plan around that
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Could be much better done!
Who have you been listening to lately?
this and that
and myself sometimes
Tell us about your passions
I run a small community foundation for several years
and now direct a higher ed online
What else is happening next in your world?
Definitely more of the school management and administration.
It would be fun to get some serious music going.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Milan!