by Jay Tilles

Most 16 year-olds would crack under the pressure of trying to write, record and launch their first full-length studio album. But not Be a Miller; she’s as cool as a cucumber. With lots of TV time and a successful EP under her belt, Miller has her eyes on the prize; putting out great music that deeply connects with her fans.

An outspoken and thoughtful teen, Miller’s album Not An Apology appears perfectly titled.

Surprisingly, she says that the album is not titled after the song “This Is Not An Apology.” In fact, she feels that albums titles named after songs lack creativity. But after some brainstorming with her writers and agreeing that the whole “not apologizing” theme was too good to let go, she realized that by dropping the words “This” and “is” and changing it to Not An Apology, the phrase took on a different meaning and fit the entirety of the album. Got it?

But why the focus on apologies? Miller is keen to speak her mind, always. And she wants all young girls to speak their minds—to not shy away from sharing their feelings. Speaking your mind is “a healthy thing to do…most of the time,” she tells Miller thinks it’s something many are afraid to do. “It’s a good lesson to teach young girls.”

Although Miller has the chops to write and record an album on her own, she worked with a few friends, including Demi Lovato, whom she opened for on tour. Lovato penned the song, “We’re Taking Over,” which Miller describes as “a song for the underdog.” Miller is particularly proud of the track because it encourages people to be different. The underdogs are “the coolest ones-the ones that are different,” she says proudly. “They’re the ones that are going to take over the world.”

Another track on the album that received some outside assistance is “Rich Kids,” written by former Good Charlotte brothers Benji and Joel Madden. Like “We’re Taking Over,” “Rich Kids,” is written from the point of view of the have-nots.

Miller is all about finding one’s voice—one’s inner strength and confidence and “Paper Doll” covers that topic perfectly. She says the empowering lyrics teach girls not to let others try to fit them into a mold. “They’re not gonna take you and cut little pieces out of you to make you how they want you to be… which I think is a really awesome message.”

Bea Miller’s album Not An Apology is available now.


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