With 5 original songs, entirely produced by Mikhala’s mentor, #BBHMM / Roc Nation producer DEPUTY (who has worked with Rihanna, Wale, and J. Cole — to name a few), the EP is a stellar and impressive introduction to the soulful North Carolina native. Mikhala’s angelic tone stands out immediately, while ’90s influences are undeniable throughout her delivery.

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Speaking about her debut project Mikhala explained:

When working on my EP ‪#‎ThePrelude‬ it was very important to DEPUTY and I that we created music that contained substance, depth and a message, something we feel is missing in today’s music. Our goal was not to blend in but to master a sound that was both nostalgic and refreshing; a sound that reminded us of the music that inspired us to be artists. We worked really hard to serve you guys a hearty home cooked meal to feed the soul NOT fleeting fast food. And I’m confident we did just that. I’m so happy with how it all turned out. All of the time energy and late-nights in the studio lead us to this point. So we welcome you on this journey. This project is only the beginning of our gifts’ potential and what is to come…This is… The Prelude.

Keep an ear and eye out. We should be hearing from her for a long time.