Jeremiah Birnbaum

Miah

Based in New York, Jeremiah Birnbaum is an award-winning "rootsy, soulful troubadour" (Time Out, London) and folk-rock guitarist, with a particular focus on self-reliance, and building community through arts advocacy. Miah's most recent album, 'Lucky', reached #31 on the Roots Music/Cashbox charts in 2013 and led to appearances on esteemed folk radio stations nationwide.

When not performing solo, Miah plays with a band of talented friends in various electric and acoustic formats. Miah also accompanies many artists on mandolin, lap steel and bottleneck slide, banjo, and ukulele, as well as guitar. As a producer and session musician, Miah has appeared on many great records and TV/film soundtracks, working with many excellent artists to bring their own projects to a polished form. Miah has also opened for many legendary artists, including the late Levon Helm. 

Growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey (a no-stoplight train town in the shadows of NYC), Miah's loving, artistic parents (a rabbi dad and architect mom) encouraged musical expression, beginning at age 5 with Miah's destruction of their LP collection on a Fisher-Price record player, and later by the simple gift of a guitar. Thusly armed, by age 17, Miah was working in New York City recording studios and making music by any means necessary, later attending Berklee College of Music and interning for famed rock frontman Peter Wolf in Boston. 

Through Peter's mentorship, Miah got a master's level education in real rock n' roll (the Music Production classes at Berklee weren't half-bad, either), seeing the ins and outs of music business and meeting incredible legends of music, including Dr. John and Ahmet Ertegun. But something was missing, and soon Miah went off to London to formally work as a recording engineer. Paying dues in a tiny recording studio near Liverpool Street station, Miah honed a skillful ear, but still it wasn't enough. Somewhere along those ancient streets, Miah discovered a love of songwriting...and a voice inside said, "Go to New York." And Miah did, studying literature and creative writing at the New School, and more importantly, was embraced by the rich folk music scene centered around lower Manhattan. In 2003, Miah released a debut album, and began touring America...a tour that's never quite stopped.     

In ten years and thousands of traveling miles since, Miah has created much music and (mis)adventure, gathering ample fuel for stories told with voice and expressive picking. Still a dedicated songsmith, Miah writes new tunes weekly, a practice honed through longtime attendance at the storied Jack Hardy Songwriters' Exchange in Greenwich Village, where Miah also helps to mentor new and emerging artists.

Recently, Miah was named one of the 30 most promising acts of 2014 by The Aquarian Arts Weekly, was endorsed by D'Addario Strings, won the ASCAP Plus award for songwriting (for the 6th time!), and was chosen to perform at the WNYC-FM (NPR) "Battle of the Boroughs". Miah is currently recording a full-band album with producer Neale Eckstein (Vance Gilbert, Brother Sun). 

Quotes: 
"Well-crafted songs." - John Platt, WFUV-FM
"Raucous alt-country, with a touch of whiskey." -New York Magazine, Critic's Pick
"Recalls the sound of The Band as well as more contemporary alt. country artists like the seminal Uncle Tupelo and always-stellar Lucinda Williams." Nate Schweber, Patch.com