Recording Artist, writer and composer Mickey is a featured performer in a number of documentaries explaining the history, playing techniques and musical applications of the steel drums. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Mickey has performed on steel drums nationally and internationally.
Mickey Mills is an exciting, energetic, multi-talented entertainer par excellence. He is a vocalist, songwriter and steel drum player, who has been called “the fastest steel drum soloist on Earth”.
Born and raised in Port-of-Spain Trinidad, West Indies, Mickey first started playing the steel drums at the age of 12 as a soloist with the Solo Harmonite Steel Orchestra in Trinidad. In 1970 he moved to New York where he worked with artists such as Mick Jagger, Ralph McDonald, The Mighty Sparrow, Johnny Mathis and Lord Kitchener. Mickey, who cites Bob Marley as one of his major influences, is no stranger to such well known New York establishments as The Village Gate and Madison Square Garden.
In addition to his appearances on stage with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney, he performed in the off-Broadway show, The House of Flowers, and in the television show, Matlock.
In the Raleigh, NC area, Mickey performs at the Raleigh Convention Center, Governor’s Club, Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek and at various country clubs and other venues. He often appears as one of the showcase attractions at local festivals and fairs that want to create a joyful, island theme for their event.
Mickey combines Authentic Trinidadian music with Reggae, Calypso, Soca and other rhythmic grooves. Mickey can perform as a vocalist accompanying himself on a combination of steel drums and synthesizer. He is also available to perform with his four to five piece Steel Drum Band, Mickey Mills & Steel.
As an approved Artist in the Schools for Wake, Durham and Johnston Counties of North Carolina, Mickey also offers an educational program entitled Steel-A-Rama, which has been presented in many school systems on the East Coast. This program is loved by children and highly regarded by scholars as a great exposure to the culture surrounding the Trinidadian steel drums.
Whether performing solo, duo or with his full band, Steel, Mickey Mills delivers the true flavor and vibe of island rhythms, which turn any festival, fair, summer party, clam bake, wedding or corporate event into a unique and festive event!
His song list includes the following:
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Beach Boys – Fun Fun Fun
Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
Beach Boys – Kokomo
Big Mountain – Baby I love Your Ways
Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up
Bob Marley – I shot the Sheriff
Bob Marley – Is this Love
Bob Marley – Jammin
Byron Lee – Conga Line
Carlos Santana – Black Magic Woman
Crowded House – Don’t Dream Its Over
Desi Arnaz – I Love Lucy Theme
Eagles – Heartache Tonight
General Public – Ill Take You There
George Benson – Breezin
Gloria Estefan – Conga
Gloria Estefan – Get On Your Feet
Gypsy Kings – Bamboleo
Harry Belafonte – Angelina
Harry Belafonte – Angelique
Harry Belafonte – Jump in the Line
Jerry Mungo – In the Summertime
Jim Carrey – Cuban Pete
Jimmy Buffett – Another Saturday Night
Jimmy Buffett – Banana Republic
Jimmy Buffett – Barefoot Children
Jimmy Buffett – Bob Roberts Society Band
Jimmy Buffett – Brown Eyed Girl
Jimmy Buffett – Changes in Latitudes
Jimmy Buffett – Coconut Telegraph
Jimmy Buffett – Electric Slide
Jimmy Buffett – Floridays
Jimmy Buffett – Growing Older But Not Up
Jimmy Buffett – Holiday
Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Mistaica
Lord Kichener – Jericho
Lord Magic – Jump Wine
Marcia Griffiths – Don’t You Know
Maxi Priest – Caution
Maxi Priest – Don’t Turn Around
Neville Brothers – Iko Iko
Paul Simon – Late in the Evening
Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode
Shadow – Check Out the Feeling
Sting – Down Under
Sting – Ever Little Thing She Does is Magic
UB40 – Here I am
UB40 – Higher
Ventures – Hawaii 5-0