MILCK performing at the Women in the World in 2017
Connie K. Lim
|Origin||California, United States|
Connie K. Lim, professionally known as MILCK is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. A child of immigrants from China, she initially performed as an independent artist for several years, and rose to widespread attention after a video of a performance of her song "Quiet" at the 2017 Women's March went viral, and became embraced as an anthem for the movement. She was eventually signed to Atlantic Records, and released her debut EP This Is Not The End in 2018.
Lim was raised in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles, California. She enrolled as a child in classical piano and opera class, and composed her first work "Healthy People" at age seven. She was the child of immigrants from Hong Kong, with one sister. Her father paid his way through medical school by "flipping burgers". She was successful at school and was homecoming queen, but struggled with anorexia.
She attended UC Berkeley studying pre-medicine, where she joined the a cappella group Golden Overtones, and started a band. She eventually dropped out of college and continued to perform as an independent artist for eight years. She eventually signed to a record label and appeared on the first season of the television show The Voice. She was however eventually dropped by her management.
Lim assumed the stage name MILCK, based on the her first two initials and her last name backwards.
MILCK's career largely got its start at the 2017 Women's March in Washington D.C. She had written the song "Quiet" in 2015 along with Adrienne Gonzalez, as a way of coping with sexual assault and abuse as a teenager. Prior to the march she put out requests for female a cappella groups to help perform the song at the event, a call that was answered by groups Capital Blend and GW Sirens from George Washington University. MILCK separately recorded each vocal part, and sent them individually to the participants, due to the logistical difficulties involved in rehearsing in-person. Along with 26 other singers, she performed seven times throughout the march among the crowd, where it was recorded by film maker Alma Ha'rel, who uploaded the video to social media where it went viral, garnering 8 million views in two days, and shared by a number of well-known celebrities.[a] The group was then invited to perform on the television show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. The song was named the number one protest song of 2017 by Billboard, and was widely embraced as an anthem for the movement. The same year she performed the song with Choir! Choir! Choir! at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, with proceed from the event donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.
In 2018, MILCK returned to the Women's March to perform "Quiet". She also released her debut EP This Is Not The End EP, which she promoted with a performance on The Today Show. The same year she was invited to perform at the Save the Children's Illumination Gala, at the American Museum of Natural History. She recorded a cover of the Five Stairsteps song "O-o-h Child", which was used in an ad campaign by Procter & Gamble related to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
- This Is Not The End (2018)
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- Media related to MILCK at Wikimedia Commons
- Quotations related to MILCK at Wikiquote
- Official website
- MILCK on IMDb