“A lot of the personal struggles that I was grappling with, I found were the same problems that society was going through, or would soon be,” Mimi says “Growing Pains” is about hard won lessons and personal growth. The sonic landscape inspired by Harlem, NY, where Oz lived from 2018-2019. “Being in an area with such a rich artistic history really rubbed off on me and brought out so much creativity,” Mimi says.
A jazz, soul, and rock’n’roll influenced songwriter, Mimi burst onto the scene in 2013 with Three of Swords, an original debut produced by Toronto’s Bob Wiseman. (Blue.Rodeo). In 2015, she released her second album, Men Who Never Loved Me, and 2017 saw the release of a band EP, Baby On The J, by Mimi’s anti-folk group Rooster.
Mimi’s third solo album, Growing Pains, is a self-produced, seven song masterpiece recorded in Toronto and NYC. Mixed by Grammy-winning engineer L Stu Young, Growing Pains features performances by New York cellist/songwriter Meaner Pencil, keys, organ and wurlitzer by Aidan Scrimgeour and longtime Canadian collaborator Richard Weisdorf. Track “Call Me Crazy” was co-written by Mike Milazzo, with string arrangements by Dan Ricker of Under St Marks Theatre NYC.