Talent, Wholehearted Artistry & A Delightfully Good Time
With her talent, spark and smile, it is easy to see why audiences all over the country rave about Miriam's unmatched vocal versatility and songwriting.
Multiple time winner of both The Northern Express' "Best Solo Artist" award and Traverse Magazine's "Red Hot Best Singer/Songwriter" award, it is easy to see why "Miriam Pico rules the nightly music scene". - Brooks Vanderbush, Traverse Bay Family magazine.
Miriam is a professional, touring singer/songwriter based in Traverse City, Michigan. She began her career as a vocalist at the age of eleven, singing for weddings and church services. She has spent the past two decades fine-tuning her art; strengthening her voice, crafting new songs, collaborating with top Michigan musicians and expanding her repertoire. She averages 200 paid musical performances a year in various parts of the country. Miriam never fails to connect from the heart with her audiences while she weaves her blend of folk, jazz and pop into each song. Miriam is also the creator and teacher at Little Bird School of Song, a unique, bilingual music and movement class for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/littlebirdschoolofsong
Miriam has independently released 3 CD's of her original music; City Dreams (2005), I Am Myself (2010) and Travel Happy (2015) The songs on her latest album have been described as "A heart-felt and whimsical collections of songs that chronicle the highs and lows of traveling through adversity. Both moving and uplifting, this album is a work of art, straight from the heart of this talented singer/songwriter."
Despite her many entertainment ventures, her first love is singing. "I hold my voice to a very high standard. Over the years, I have learned what it's capable of and I demand a lot from it at each show, whether I am performing for an intimate house concert gathering of 30 people or a New Year's Eve crowd of 10,000. I put my all into my singing and am constantly striving to out-do my last performance."
It is easy to fall in love with the joy Miriam exudes from onstage, a joy she can't help but feel every time she sings. "Singing has always been what I love to do. It just makes me happy. The fact that my music spreads that happiness to others makes me feel incredibly grateful."
Over the past two decades, Miriam has taken advantage of many varied performance opportunities that have come her way, with the hope of gaining experience and living life to the fullest. Her performances have been requested and celebrated all over Michigan as well as in Chicago, New York, Indiana, Ohio, Seattle, Key West and Puerto Rico, with more locations in the works.
In 2014, Miriam performed her music as she opened for her childhood idol, Rosie O'Donnell.
In 2011, she performed in her dream role as Eva Peron in the very successful musical theatre production, "Evita", at the Old Town Playhouse.
Every year since 2013, Miriam has been the host of well-loved UpNorth TV variety show, Miriam Pico's Picnic At The Opera. The show is filmed before a live studio audience at the historic City Opera House, in Traverse City and features Miriam performing alongside the best of Northern Michigan's musical talent. Some of her musical guests have been The Accidentals, Jetty Rae, Jeff Haas, Billy Strings and Don Julin, The True Falsetto's, Brett Mitchell, Kellerville and many more.
Miriam enjoyed the opportunity to hit the road in 2014 as one member of the touring super group "Girls With Guitars", a collaborative concert event that featured some of the top female singer/songwriters in Northern Michigan, including The Accidentals, Blake Elliott, E Minor, Missy Zenker and Olivia Mainville.
Since 2013, Miriam has been featured as the Celebrity Commercial Spokesperson for the largest flooring showroom in Northern Michigan, Floor Covering Brokers in Traverse City. Their t.v. and radio commercials star Miriam and her Floor Covering Brokers jingle.
In addition to her solo work, Miriam also enjoys collaborating with other artists. Most notably, she performs in a duo with pianist David Chown. They perform under the duo name of "Pico and Chown" and together, they have released two CD's that feature their renditions of jazz and pop standards. S'Bout Time (2009) and Somewhere Only We Know (2013). A LIVE DVD, recorded at the Truman Little White House in Key West, Florida is also available.
Miriam can also often be seen performing with The Younce Guitar Duo, an improvisational touring guitar group.
A proud native of Puerto Rico, Miriam is fluent in Spanish and always welcomes the opportunity to sing in her first language.
In 2008, Miriam was a celebrity contestant during the first season of a dancing competition for charity, Judy Harrison's Swingshift and the Stars. Miriam and her dance partner raised $5,000 for the Women's Resource Center.
Whether performing for television, stage or radio, with orchestras, in concert halls, school assemblies, weddings, funerals, restaurants, bars, dinner theatres, music festivals, film premiers, private events, corporate functions, house parties, libraries, retirement communities or Hospice centers, Miriam performs with her whole heart, and the audience feels it.
Miriam's greatest source of pride and motivation is her family. She is the wife of guitarist, Ryan Younce and the proud mother of three children, who she is raising in her hometown, Traverse City, Michigan.