Mikaela Kahn | Milk and Honey (Hawk Cove)

milk honey_75Bringing together such genres as pop, smoky jazz, and classic soul, Kahn creates a musical aura in many different shades.



Milk and Honey, the debut album from Mikaela Kahn, is a baroque mixture of sultry jazz and soulful R&B with a pop sensibility. The Austin, Texas, native is the winner of several songwriting awards, including the 2013 Indie International Songwriting Award. She has gained a lot of live experience, which includes working with the R&B legend Chrisette Michele and opening for R. Kelly.

Soulful and sweet, Kahn summons the spirits of jazz’s greatest voices from the past, while being able to hold her own with any pop contemporary like Christina Agulera and Mary J. Blige. While only in her early 20’s, the singer has already found a sound that suits her dynamic voice. 

With a sleek production and elegant arrangements, Milk and Honey leaves a very sweet taste on the listener, ’s tongue. Kahn’s range is quite broad and the use of her instrument is sublime. Of the seven tracks offered here, spotlights include “Fire and Lace,” the first single from the album and a melancholy piece with a cool vocal, and “Losing You,” with an off-beat rhythm and a melody dripping in silk. It’s one of the best tracks on the album, as well as the R&B strains of “Chemical Attraction” with a Mary Blige-style groove and delivery.

Bringing together such genres as pop, smoky jazz, and classic soul, Kahn creates a musical aura in many different shades. Her songwriting partnership with Justin Shelton has resulted in a saucy, romantic set of tunes. Overall, an enjoyable release, indeed. Kahn definitely has what it takes to ride the waves of the adult contemporary charts. B | Marc J. Farr

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