Please find below two entries about Millicent’s career. The first is a short summary which is suitable for announcements. The second is the extended version of her career covering early years to January 2018. If you have any queries or would like to know more then please email Millicent on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 976 279 736. Testimonials can be viewed on Millicent’s testimonial page.
Millicent Stephenson is an accomplished and acclaimed award winning female saxophonist, whose shining achievements in 2017 includes being featured on BBC1 Songs of Praise.
Millicent was tutored by the late great saxophonist Andy Hamilton MBE and she featured in his Central TV documentary ‘Silver Shine’.
Millicent helps female musicians of all ages to achieve their musical goals through her networking event called ‘Cafemnee’ (Ca’fem’nee).
Millicent’s yearly Show ‘Not Just Jazz’ showcase her original compositions as well as her interpretation of iconic Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Soul and Gospel numbers with a live band and dancers.
She has a hit single called ‘My Love’ which is taken from her latest album ‘Reflective Notes’. Downloads are available on Amazon and ITunes etc. Signed copies are available at her Shows or orders can be placed on her website.
Millicent is also a Songwriter, Pianist, Vocalist, Music Director, Teacher, Label Owner (Silver Gliss Music), wife and mother.
Millicent Stephenson Saxophonist is also on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, SoundCloud and Twitter: @MillicentSax
Millicent Stephenson is an in-demand award winning female saxophonist and is described as ‘Sax Supremo’ by The Voice Newspaper (UK).
Millicent’s first musical introduction was at age 8 were she had piano lessons, but due to household finances, her lessons ceased. Her love for music kept her playing at home. It is hard to believe now, but 6 years later, her music teacher refused to let her play the saxophone at school directing her instead to play the clarinet in the School Orchestra and steel pans. The Steel band was the first of its kind in any secondary school in Birmingham and performed across England and toured West and East Germany. The band played in episode one of the 1978 BBC soap opera ‘Empire Road’’. Cast members included Norman Beaton, Corinne Skinner-Carter, Michael Abbensetts, Wayne Laryea, Joseph Marcell and Rudolph Walker. The steel band featured in ATV Production ‘Saints Alive’ and were frequent visitors to BBC Pebble Mill meeting DJs Chris Tarrant, George Franklyn and Guys and Dolls.
All the more remarkable that after leaving School, a couple of years later, that an opportunity presented itself for her to play the Sax. A close friend had a saxophone and needed a sax player for a Church event. As she had clarinet skills she volunteered to play. She borrowed his saxophone played for the event and instantly fell in love with the instrument. She went on to study saxophone, to grade 8 and perform widely to audiences throughout the UK as a professional musician.
It was during a holiday to her Aunt’s in Los Angeles in 1984 that Millicent found out that her cousin, Angella Christie, was a signed recording Gospel Saxophonist. This propelled Millicent to see if she too could develop her gifting.
Millicent musical interest in her youth also included Choir directing. She was invited to direct a community choir from across Birmingham Churches for the service commemorating Archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s visit to Birmingham. It was here that she met her husband, Michael Stephenson. Millicent also directed the Handsworth Mass Choir that won BBC Choir Award in November 1986.
In her youth Millicent was tutored by the late great Birmingham saxophonist Andy Hamilton (MBE), and she was honoured to be featured in his Central TV documentary ‘Silver Shine‘. Millicent has gone on to follow in his footsteps by teaching and mentoring musicians.
MENTOR & TEACHER
It has not only been about awards, celebrations and bright lights as Millicent actively gives back and mentor those who wish to follow their musical ambitions. Noticing the lack of female musicians in Churches and within the music industry in 2014 Millicent set about creating and delivering a networking and empowering workshops for female musicians and singers called ‘Cafemnee’. The sessions provide space for women, especially those who are returning to their music, to discuss and engage with the issues surrounding the hurdles they face in their music and at the same time engaging and creating solutions to help them move forward. The sessions also include the opportunity to ‘Jam’ and develop their music. The Cafemnee feature in The Voice Newspaper was noticed by BBC1 Songs of Praise who ran a feature about Cafemnee in their March 2017 broadcast. As well as women, Millicent also gives training and coaching sessions for men and young people, on the saxophone (Her oldest sax student being 74 years old), piano and music industry topics such as ‘How To Get Paid’ and ‘Steps to Creating Your Single or Album’. Millicent is rapidly becoming a voice in the music industry.
Millicent previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the GMIA (Gospel Music Industry Alliance), a national voluntary organisation addressing the development of the Gospel Music sector in the UK.
In December of 2017 Millicent was elected onto the West Midlands Regional Committee of the Musicians Union where she will be involved with the day to day decision making of the Union and supporting members.
Millicent set up her own record label ‘Silver Gliss Music’ in 2012 and created her album ‘Reflective Notes’ and EP ‘This Is Life’. Millicent is proud of the fact her EP ‘This is Life’ broke even within 6 months of release and ‘Reflective Notes’ 12 months after release. Millicent’s music is played on BBC Radio as well as local and Internet Radio stations. Millicent’s strap line is ‘Music for the soul’ as her listeners describe her musical performance as ‘moving’, ‘soothing’, ‘refreshing’ and creating ‘goose pimples’.
NOT JUST JAZZ
Millicent has had many false dawns in her pursuit of excellence in musicianship and five years ago decided to not wait for a Label to take her forward but to apply her acumen and put on her own show which she named ‘Not Just Jazz’, in the Bar of the Crescent Theatre. To her amazement the Show sold out four weeks before the performance date. Each year since then the show has grown and played to larger audience in the Main House of the Crescent Theatre. ‘Not Just Jazz’ showcases Millicent’s original compositions as well as her interpretation of iconic Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Soul and Gospel numbers with her live Band, backing singers and dancers. Her fans described the night as ‘captivating’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘entertaining’. Millicent featured the National Caribbean Monument Charity in Not Just Jazz III and Not Just Jazz IV. The charity is campaigning for the erection of a memorial in the Staffordshire National Memorial Arboretum in remembrance of Caribbean Military heroes. Not Just Jazz V date is soon to be announced.
Millicent’s professionalism and artistry has also led her to being featured on:
- BBC Introducing
- BBC WM
- Premier Christian Radio
- Keep the Faith Magazine
- The Voice Newspaper
- MOBO Online
- The Phoenix Newspaper
- What’s On Magazine
- New Style Radio
- Gordon West Worldwide Radio Show; local radio and internet radio stations.
- Millicent is also a featured case study for the Federation of Entertainment Unions
- BBC1 Songs of Praise
Millicent performs around the UK at Festivals, Concerts, Dinners, Galas, Weddings, Funerals, Corporate events and Church Services. Millicent is regularly booked for prestigious occasions and previous events include:
- Birmingham City Council luncheon for the Governor General of Jamaica: His Excellency, the most honourable Sir Patrick Allen
- Commonwealth Games, The Queen’s Baton Relay, Birmingham
- Cultural Extravaganza in celebration of HRH The Queen’s 90th Birthday
- Birmingham Gems Charity Calendar launch.
- Frankfurt Christmas Market
- Jamaica In The Square II
- ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’, Bikers Ride of Remembrance
- London Business School, Africa Business Summit
- Annual Private Equity Africa Awards Gala, London.
- Music Video & Screen Awards, Birmingham (MVISA)
- The Rotary Club of Birmingham
- Jamaican Olympic team concert in Symphony Hall where she starred with Jaki Graham, Beverly Knight and Benjamin Zephaniah
- Birmingham Artsfest
- BBC Kidney Kids Appeal, ‘An evening of Inspiration’
AWARDS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Millicent is a perpetual student who has not let any hurdle stand in the way of her progress. She attends business courses put on by FEU and Musicians Union as well as making time for private music training to study saxophone, to grade 8 and improve her piano playing and singing. Her application of these skills have helped her to transition her music hobby, prior to 2008 ,to a successful full-time professional music business in 2012 with a growing fan-base.
Most recently honoured with the Association of Jamaica Nationals Chairman’s Special Recognition Award 2017, for her contributions to the development of the Jamaican community and other Nationals in the UK and Overseas has only added to the list of awards at Millicent’s home in the West Midlands, which include:
- WISE Women and Keep The Faith Magazine Music Award
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Birmingham,
- Certificate in Education, Wolverhampton University.
- BSc Hons in Applied Computing, Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Certificate in Professional Development in Business Planning from Coventry University – Distinction
- ABRSM Grade 8 Saxophone, Grade 5 Piano and Grade 5 Music Theory
- NTCG National Teen Talent Winner, Music Category.
- Advanced Awards, Euphonious School of Music
- Association Of Jamaica Nationals Chairman’s Recognition Award
Millicent does session work for Studio recordings and Bands. Millicent has performed with the Highgate Brass Band and also Monday Session whose lead vocal Treyc Cohen went on to become a live show finalist on X-Factor.
WHO IS MILLICENT
Millicent is an entrepreneur, songwriter, vocalist, music director, teacher, speaker, musician, label owner (Silver Gliss Music), founder of Cafemnee and Not Just Jazz, trailblazer, wife and mother. Before becoming a leading light in music Millicent lectured in Business and IT.
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