Name: Mileena Sobreira-Yousufy (Stage Name: "Mileena")
School: St. Marcellinus SS
Instrument(s): Guitar and vocals
Bio: Mileena is a young singer-songwriter bent on making a mark in Canada's music and arts scene. Equipped with passion and a resilient soul she is a lover of all things music. She was Mississauga's very first legal busker to hit the streets and has performed all over the city, from the Celebration Square stage to makeshift stages in community cafes. Mileena's hosted a number of events and is always looking to grow in every way she can. There is still a long way to go, but the journey is always the best part.
When and why did you start playing? I've been singing since I was 3 and songwriting since I was 14 (albiet those first songs were super corny). I'd been raised by two parents who loved music and naturally I grew to love it too. Filipinos love their karaoke, and I grew to love singing through classics and a Magic Sing karaoke machine. I got really serious about music around 2 years ago, it's always been something I loved, but it took me awhile to realize music is what I wanted to do.
What are you working on right now? Now I'm just working on creating content; things like singles, ep's collaborative projects and things like that. I'm also doing my best to focus on growing and improving as best I can; I'm currently teaching myself how to produce and am trying different things with my sound. I feel like I have yet to find myself so I'd say all in all I'm just working on myself.
What goals do you have as a musician and how do you plan on achieving them? My goal as a musician is to be a working industry professional; whether that be as an artist or exclusively as a songwriter. I want to be able to support myself doing the things I love while creating beautiful things for people to love and cherish like I love my favourite tunes. Music has helped shape and inspire who I am today and I'd love to be able to pay it forward and do the same for others.
I plan on achieving all this by working hard, learning all I can and doing my best to meet and expand on my reach as an artist. I'm really trying to focus on making myself known and better at what I do. And whether I'm taking baby steps or not so baby steps, as long as I'm working and moving forward, it's all good.