California’s most critical critic, your crusty chronicler’s fifteen year-old son William Jared James Phoenix, says that Josey Milner’s new single “Not Pretty Enough” is “swag”. Translated from pubescent parlance this means . . . well, it’s like, ya know, a good thing. Apparently, Milner’s self conscious song is considered successful because among other things the song—like so many out there these days—isn’t about some girl “in heat”.
Josey Milner, for those not in the know, is a new, fresh face trying to make it in the country music industry. Milner was born on a little farm in Missouri whose singing career began as a child where she would belt out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at rodeos. She’s had her sights set on country music fame ever since. She would soon be performing at local fairs, country music shows “and to pretty much anyone who would listen.”
Milner appeared onstage at the 2010 International Steel Guitar Show in St Louis. It was here that older artists instructed her to get a group together and hit the road. She returned home and did exactly that. She garnered gigs at the Missouri State Fair and even opened for country artist Chris Cagle.
Milner, whose act includes a mix of country and rock, has reportedly become “one of the most sought-after live acts in the Kansas City area.” She and her backing band have been on bills at such events as Buffalo Bill Days, the Slater Fall Festival, the Holden Street Fair, Timbercreek, The Landing, and more. She is considered by some to be “Kansas City’s Princess of Country Music.”
17 year-old Milner, now managed by MTS Management Group, recently hit the international radio market with her debut single “Dead Flowers”. This cover of the Miranda Lambert tune slotted in on the Independent Music Network’s country chart at number 10 upon its release in September 2012. The fan favorite even made international airplay in the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Poland.
The track also managed to earn a place amongst “the most downloaded” on the digital music delivery site Airplay Direct. Before year’s end Milner, also a National Honor Society student, managed to make it into the Top 200 International Artists on the CMG Radio Network. The former rodeo princess also has a music video on YouTube. Specifically, its Milner’s version of Patsy Cline’s classic cut “Walking After Midnight”.
More recently, Milner put out her latest single the aforementioned “Not Pretty Enough” thanks in part to engineers Matthew Russo (Hall and Oates) and Larry Gann (Elton John) and producer Micah Burdick. It was part of an anti-bullying campaign for Angels and Doves for which Milner is presently national spokesperson. As this goes to press the song is presently up to number 65 on the New Music Weekly chart and number one at OnlyLyrics.com.
Milner is currently performing live “across the Midwest and beyond.” After listening to this new number one thing is certain, if she keeps singing the way she does on this single music fans will never think her songs are “Not Pretty Enough”.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.