Whittney Mikkél (ASCAP) is an indie songstress with a knack for defying genre boundaries. She is a studio vocalist, pianist, songwriter, producer, and educator, and is emerging as a unique voice among contemporary singer-songwriters in the OC/LA area. Growing up in a family of musicians, artists, and performers, she began piano lessons at the age of five and showed a natural talent for singing from a young age. Her love for writing music began while attending Orange County School of the Arts, where she received four years of coaching in musical theater and opera. She excelled in both classical and jazz voice while attending Fullerton College, before completing her Performance BM in the Jazz Studies program at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach.
Whittney has an extensive musical background and is well versed in classical and jazz performance, choral music, and contemporary rock/pop-based genres. She performed for three years with CSU Long Beach's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Pacific Standard Time, which has toured the US and performed at prestigious events such as the American Choral Directors Association National Conference and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Her voice has appeared on albums by local artists Tom Bremer and Amherst Aisle, and she has provided topline writing and vocals for independent EDM producers around the world. In 2016 she was one of eleven singer-songwriters from around the world chosen by the Macedonian Arts Council to arrange, perform, and produce a Macedonian folk song in a unique contemporary setting, for inclusion on their album 'Partings'. Whittney helped found the Paul Delgado Singers, a professional-level chamber choir and non-profit company based in Fullerton, and sang with the ensemble for several seasons.An experienced professional session singer, her studio credits include sessions held at Capitol Records, EastWest Studios, and Sonic Fuel Studios. She appears on MAX - "Lights Down Low" (Orchestral Version) feat. gnash and the Hell's Kitchen Orchestra, which was filmed in late 2016 and as of 2018 has been receiving airplay on commercial pop radio stations. Her voice is also featured on The Black Piper's "Kaladin" (Original Book Soundtrack) released in late 2017.
Drawing on her vast palette of influences, Whittney enjoys exploring several avenues of music. Her wide vocal range, technical expertise and stylistic versatility make her a chameleon in the music world. Even so, Whittney has developed her own distinct voice as a singer-songwriter. Her ability to both compose and produce meaningful music gives her an edge as an independent artist. Naturally poetic, her songs are both intellectual and soulful, filled with lush vocal harmonies, unconventional melodies, and imaginative progressions. When she's not teaching, rehearsing, or performing, you can find her creating in her home studio. She independently released her debut album 'Before the Day' in 2014 which was followed by a small number of singles from 2015-2018. Having her hands on multiple projects, she has been releasing ethereal electronic music under the alias STORMCHASER since late 2016. In 2017 she released her first full length album 'Please Stop Talking'; music from the LP was accepted to Pandora Radio later that year. She is currently gearing up to release her second EP, a series of original songs featuring kalimba and voice entitled "True North - Kalimba Songs”.