Beatrice Annika Miller (born February 7, 1999) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She came in ninth place on season two of The X Factor(US) when she was 13 years old. She is currently signed to Hollywood Records. Her debut EP was released in 2014, and her debut album Not an Apology was released on July 24, 2015. In 2016, she released her single “Yes Girl“. In early 2017, she began releasing the EPs Chapter One: Blue, Chapter Two: Red, and Chapter Three: Yellow. The three EPs, along with five additional songs, were collected as her second studio album, Aurora.
2012: The X Factor (US)
Miller was a contestant on season two of The X Factor, finishing in ninth place. She performed the following songs on the show:
2013–2015: Record deal and Not an Apology
On April 11, 2013, it was officially announced that she was signed to Syco Music and Hollywood Records, marking the first collaborative arrangement between these two labels. Shortly after the ending of the second season of The X Factor, Miller changed her name to simply Bea Miller. Her album was released in 2015 with the lead singles being “Young Blood” and “Fire n Gold”. The cover art is a picture of Miller, sitting down holding a sharpie, stylized with sharpie marks around her. She uploaded her new song “Rich Kids” to YouTube in 2014, and it was included in her 2015 album Not an Apology. Her single, “Young Blood”, received over 150,000 views in less than a week. She released a clip of a new song called “Enemy Fire”.
“Enemy Fire” premiered on her own Vevo channel in April 2014. She worked with busbee, Jarrad Rogers, Mike Del Rio, and other noteworthy producers for her album. Her debut EP Young Blood was released on April 22, 2014, with the lead single “Young Blood“. Her EP peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes pop albums chart. Her EP had a debut peak on Billboard 200 at No. 64. She contributed her voice towards the audio book for Jennifer Donnelly‘s new book, Deep Blue: Songspell and a promotional song for it called “Open Your Eyes”. Miller opened up for Demi Lovato on select cities for her Demi World Tour.
In December 2014, she was picked as Elvis Duran‘s Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC‘s Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, where she performed live her single “Young Blood“.
In 2015, Miller was named Radio Disney‘s newest Next Big Thing artist. She appeared on Disney Channel many times with it and promoted her album with it as well. Her debut single “Young Blood” won the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards for “Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFF”.
Miller released her debut album, Not an Apology, on July 24, 2015, on Hollywood Records. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. On April 24, 2015, it was announced that Miller would accompany Debby Ryan and Natalie La Rose as opening acts for the summer leg of Fifth Harmony‘s The Reflection Tour, which began on July 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Miller finished the tour in late August. In July 2015, she was chosen by public vote to be the next Vevo Lift artist.
2016–2018: Chapter One: Blue, Chapter Two: Red, Chapter Three: Yellow, Aurora
On April 20, 2016, it was announced that Miller would join Selena Gomez on her Revival Tour as an opening act along with DNCE. The tour ran from May throughout the summer. Miller also announced that she would be hosting meet and greets titled “Tea With Bea”.
Miller released a non-album single “Yes Girl” on May 20, 2016. She performed “Yes Girl” and “Song Like You” numerous times on the Revival Tour. Her song “This Little Light of Mine” was featured in a 2016 advertising campaign for 3 Musketeers. On February 24, 2017, she released the first part of a three-EP project, Chapter One: Blue. On March 30, 2017, she performed “Song Like You” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. It was her first late-night talk show appearance. On June 2, 2017 she released the second part of her three-EP project, Chapter Two: Red. The final EP, Chapter Three: Yellow was released on October 6, 2017.
In August 2017, Miller’s single “Brand New Eyes” was featured in the trailer to the film Wonder, directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
Miller’s second full-length album and debut international album Aurora was released on February 23, 2018. It includes all the songs from the three previous extended plays (dubbed as “chapters”), along with five new tracks. Miller had a hand in writing all but one of the songs on Aurora, on topics about “everything from existential boredom to slut shaming”. She performed “S.L.U.T.”, the album’s lead single, on MTV‘s TRL on February 12, 2018. She conceived of the song as a way to reclaim the word’s negative connotations as the positive acronym “sweet little unforgettable thing”.
She was featured on vocals on the 2018 NOTD single “I Wanna Know”, released in March 2018. The song went Gold in the US and is Platinum in several countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Sweden. She performed the song live on Today in June 2018. As well as promoted the single at multiple shows and acoustic sets.
Miller is the daughter of two mothers, and has two adopted younger siblings.
In 2015, Miller began dating American singer Jacob Whitesides. The couple broke up in May 2016, after one year of dating.
Miller is an ambassador for the anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label.
As lead artist
As featured artist
Awards and nominations
- Troubadour Los Angeles
- Great American Music Hall
- Youtube Space LA