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ATP! Essential Listening: Bea Miller

Beatrice Miller took the X Factor stage for the last time in baggy plaid pants, arms laden with bracelets and wavy locks tucked under a skater cap. Suffering from a cold, she crooned a tearful cover of Dido’s “White Flag.” Since her elimination three years ago, Miller has done anything but surrender.

Miller hails from Maplewood, New Jersey, a suburban town. Since stepping into her role as pop star, Miller slashed the end of her first name, as well as her long curly hair, and now goes by Bea Miller.

This suburban girl has taken her punky style, choppy blonde hair and strong vocal skills to the next level with her four track EP Young Blood, which was released on April 22, 2014 and peaked at No. 64 on the Billboard 200.

Young Blood holds a finesse that is impressive for a young artist. The collaborative efforts with Mike Del Rio (Kylie Minogue, Selena Gomez), Busbee (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera), and Jared Rogers (Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX) certainly have something to do with the professionally crafted tracks.

The result? An EDM musicians’ re-mix dream. It wouldn’t be surprising if you hear one of her tracks the next time you head to a dance club.

Miller’s EP bounces like a straight up dance collection, yet has moments of sleek pop guitar riffs. Her young voice never fails to rise above the grand production of it all. Stylistically, she could be this generation’s Avril Lavigne, (minus the tie), though more musically reminiscent of Ellie Goulding.

Working with an arsenal of grade-A producers, songwriters and her raw talent, Miller is destined to have a highly stylized, yet eclectic sound that you won’t be able to stop yourself from jamming along to.

Words by Tricia Callahan

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