Marie Miller has been turning heads. She was a finalist in the 2014 Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition, her single “You’re Not Alone” charted at #1 in on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR charts, and in 2015 she played for Pope Francis for a gathering of 750,000 people in Philadelphia.
Not being pigeon-holed by her faith-driven songs, Miller has supported diverse acts, and shared stages with the Backstreet Boys, Sara Evans, Andy Grammar and the Plain White T’s.
ARTISTdirect invited Marie to premiere the lyric video for her new track “This Side of Paradise” and to offer a little insight into the story behind the song.
Marie Miller: ”I wrote “This Side of Paradise” with Ian Fitchuk and Peter Groenwald after a really difficult week for me. The choice was to wallow in my sorrow or step back and celebrate the simple and profound gift of moonlight. The first verse indicates that change of heart while the second verse expresses the need for freedom from outside influences that could shake one’s spirit. This song is hopeful and daring. It also contains that little bit of fairy tale and enchantment that weaves itself quite seamlessly through out the rest of the album. The title was taken from Fitzgerald’s autobiographical novel, and I am excited to have so much literary references in this song as well as through out the whole record. It is the rockiest tune on the album, but it celebrates adventure rather than edge or attitude. Think Katniss from Hunger Games not Avril Lavigne.”