MILCK’s life took a 180-degree turn after a cell phone video of her performing her song “Quiet” with a choir of 25 strangers at the 2017 Women’s March went viral. Soon it was being echoed and interpreted by groups around the world, from the U.S. to Sweden to Ghana. “Quiet” was named Billboard’s #1 protest song of the year and earned distinction as part of NPR’s “American Anthem” series. Having “cemented her status as one of music’s voices for the women’s movement,” MILCK continues to use music as a means to work towards social justice.
“As an Asian American woman who is a perpetrator and victim of systemic racism, it’s imperative and a privilege to be an active part of the United States’ healing towards racial justice. As I researched Tamika Palmer and listened to her talk about the memory of her daughter Breonna Taylor, verses for 'Somebody’s Beloved' started coming through me. Because this song is so intensely vulnerable, I wanted to produce it myself. I kept the piano and strings to a minimum and focused on the power of vocals. To highlight other heritages as a symbolic way of showing support to Black lives lost, I brought in a choir of beautifully diverse voices that range from indigenous to Latinx, from white to South Asian and Black heritages. The result is a dynamic and haunting song.