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According to Country singer DJ Miller, an artistâ€™s ability to entertain a crowd is the single most important part of todayâ€™s Country music experience. Being able to deliver an unforgettable stage show for your fans is often what separates the stars from the superstars. Thatâ€™s just one of the reasons why audiences shouldnâ€™t be surprised to find the enthusiastic young singer from Idaville, Indiana, racing through the crowd during one of his sets, or hanging out on the lawn with a group of fans in the middle of a show. Heâ€™s even been known to get down on one knee and dedicate a touching love song face-to-face to one of his many female fans. At only 21 years old, thereâ€™s certainly one thing that DJ Miller learned early on in his career, and that something is how to entertain!
â€śYou canâ€™t be the only one having fun,â€ť Miller explains. â€śYou have to interact with the crowd. You want them to be wondering whatâ€™s gonna happen next. If you just stand there and sing your songs and play your music, you might sound really good, but if you donâ€™t give your fans a real show, then they may not have a reason to come back and see you again.â€ť
Miller remembers at an early age watching superstar Garth Brooks wow audiences with his theatrical stage presence and ground-breaking performances. Years later, DJ would develop a similar appreciation for Brad Paisleyâ€™s live show and electrifying guitar work. Along with the strong guidance and influence of his father, Darryl, it wasnâ€™t long before the impressionable young DJ was working on his own patented brand of showmanship.
â€śI would tape the Garth Brooks live concerts on television as a little kid and then watch them over and over,â€ť he remembers. â€śI saw him do all these crazy things on stage, but the crowd loved every minute of it, and I recognized that. It was at that point that I decided I wanted to go into Country music.â€ť
As a teenager, DJ developed his on-stage persona playing local gigs, from community events to state and regional fairs and competitions. His career took a significant step forward, however, when he met producer/publisher/label executive Johnny Morris in 2009.
Along with industry veteran Don Bedell, Morris introduced DJ to a host of Nashville songwriters, including hit-makers Don Goodman (Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, George Strait) and Charlie Black (Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Phil Vassar). Among the songs that came out of those early writing sessions were DJâ€™s first two singles: â€śA Little Naughty Is Niceâ€ť (2010) and â€śWhatever It Takes,â€ť an earnest ballad that was released nationally to Country radio in January 2011. DJ also cut his first ever holiday song in the weeks leading up to Christmas, called â€śA Snowman In Birmingham.â€ť
Miller is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album, which is scheduled for release in spring 2011. A busy touring schedule and weeks at a time out on the road visiting radio stations only allows for quick trips to and from Nashville, where he gets in as many writing and recording sessions as possible. Several of the tracks appearing on DJâ€™s debut were co-written by Miller, a craft heâ€™s becoming more and more excited about.
â€śSongwriting comes to me in spurts,â€ť he says. â€śI try to write as much as I can. Sometimes Iâ€™ll sit down and try to write a song and wonâ€™t come up with anything I like, and then other days Iâ€™ll write a song in a half-hour. Itâ€™s a process, but Iâ€™m fortunate to be getting help from some of the best in the business, so I feel very blessed for that.â€ť
In the meantime, Miller is staying focused on doing what he does best â€“ coming up with creative and entertaining ways to give his fans a concert experience they wonâ€™t soon forget.
â€śItâ€™s always important to make that person in the front row feel special,â€ť he says, â€śbut to me, the real key is making that person in the back row feel just as special.â€ť