As one of the newly defined leaders of the #MeToo movement, singer-songwriter MILCK took to NPR’s “Tiny Desk” on Thursday (June 7) to perform a few of her most moving tracks. Opening with a stripped-down version of “Black Sheep,” the singer went on to perform “Oh My My (What a Life)” and her signature hit “Quiet,” which erupted into a feminist anthem late last year.
“That’s the lesson I learned from this song… that we’re so connected,” MILCK said before diving into the track. MILCK sang passionately with her eyes closed, absorbed in the song that encourages women to be their authentic selves with the refrain “I can’t keep quiet/ For anyone/ Anymore.” As the final chords trailed off, MILCK took a deep inhale, clearly moved once again by her track. “Let’s just take a deep breath, right?” she said to the audience.
The singer ended her session with what she called an “infuriatingly joyful” rendition of “Oh My My (What a Life),” which she said was written in response to the love she felt connecting with women after “Quiet” became an international sensation.
The performance of “Quiet” at the march was sang acapella alongside 25 female singers, and captivated attendees, with video of the rendition being viewed over 14 million times in just two days. Everyone from Emma Watson, to Debra Messing and Denis Leary shared the performance on their social media pages.
She told the “Tiny Desk” crowd yesterday that, “I wrote it initially as my own healing song, and I didn’t realize what it’d become.”
In January, NPR praised MILCK’s EP THIS IS NOT THE END, saying, “artists of every genre have sparked conversations about women’s liberation…With ‘THIS IS NOT THE END‘ MILCK joins the chorus of uplifted voices, adding anthemic ballads to a growing list of modern day protest songs.”
Check out the performance below: