Make room for the BOSS: Amilian taking rap from Prattville to Miami
Amilian at Montgomery Advertiser - Journalist: Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser Published 11:38 a.m. CT July 2, 2019 | Updated 12:59 p.m. CT July 2, 2019
The Mix Perfect Studios artist has a performance with iREEL on July 27 at Miami Live
Amilian is in charge of her life and her music. It’s as clear as the “BOSS” (Been On Slay Status) necklace she wears, and she’s proud of it.
“I feel like I’m already living my dream,” said the Prattville native rap artist. “As long as I get to put music out there, that’s the only thing that’s important to me.”
From her songs, to her look, to providing for her family — she’s a mom of four — Amilian said she’s always fighting and pushing for a better life. She has a mixtape out, and is making new music with Mix Perfect Studios in Prattville. “I’m their personal artist,” she said.
Amilian at Montgomery Advertiser
She’s part of the group iREEL that will be performing July 27 in Miami during Open Mic Night at Miami Live. “Fans had to vote for it before we got selected, and we just got the email that we were selected,” Amilian said.
There’s also an upcoming show in Atlanta, which will be her second one there. “I’m pretty stoked about that,” she said.
This freedom to work, travel, write and perform wasn’t always hers. For instance, Amilian’s life came to a halt for a while during her marriage.
“It was a fairytale at first, but it became abuse,” Amilian said. “I was in a very, very, very abusive relationship for seven years of my life. I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere. Also, I wasn’t allowed to have a job. I wasn’t allowed to do my music, for sure. He did not like that at all. Basically, the only thing that I was allowed to do was sit at home with the kids. For a while, I was OK with that, until I realized I was being held prisoner in my own home.”
Before getting married, she had been a much more quiet person. But, in her captivity, she grew stronger and bolder. Eventually, Amilian was able to leave her husband. “I learned how to fight in this marriage,” she said.
In 2015 as a single mom living in Prattville, she started her own home business Pocket Assistant, which offers website design and development, plus other tech services. This is something she worked hard to learn to do herself. For example, what she didn’t know, she learned along the way. The work has given her the freedom and funds to do her music. She also used her skills to design her own artist website, www.therealamilian.com. “All I’m trying to do is make it out here and do better,” she said.
Amilian said her children — ages 15, 8, 6 and 4, are her biggest fans. “They can sing every single song of mine, word for word,” Amilian said. “I think it’s so cute. They say if you can get a child to like it, it must be something.”
The Effect of Music
She knows the effect music can have on youth. Amilian’s own childhood is what started her path. When she was 5-year-old, her dad gave her a karaoke machine. “I wasn’t no bigger than knee-high to a grasshopper, you know,” she said. “I started out singing karaoke right in my own living room.”
No rap at that point. She liked singing music from Britney Spears, LeAnn Rimes, and even Judy Garland, among others. “I was pretty diverse. I just loved music. Also, I loved dancing around, you know?”
As she grew, so did her venues. Amilian started working karaoke parties with family. To this day, she’s still into karaoke. She just doesn’t sing her own material in the shows. “When I’m doing karaoke, I like to do the old school songs, country music, stuff that I grew up off of in the ‘90s.”
Writing poetry is another love of Amilian’s. When she was about 19, a friend suggested turning that skill into writing her own songs. “They introduced me to a Montgomery producer who gave me a shot,” she said. “The very first time I got behind a microphone doing my own stuff was the best feeling I ever had in my life.”
A piece of her
Every song of Amilian’s has to have a piece of her in it, she said. She’s pretty diverse on styles. What she writes mainly depends on the kind of beat she gets from Theory Formed, her producer at Mix Perfect Studios. “It just flows through my head. I get this feeling, and I start writing,” she said.
There’s a lot of music yet to come from her. She’s released a mixtape, but said she’s got at least 20 songs recorded that haven’t been released yet. “I say 20, but if I release three I’m still going to have 20 because I’m always writing more,” she said. “It just never stops.”
One regret of Amilian’s is that her father died two years ago, before getting to see how her life has changed for the better. “He didn’t get to see what I’ve become now,” she said.
She said Montgomery and Prattville have some very talented rap artists, and that she’d love to work with more of them. Teamwork is key for all new artists, she said.
“You have to invest in yourself, and you have to keep pushing,” she said. “If you’re not doing it, who will? You have to keep pushing. You have to put your name out there. Get your content out there. You’ve got to get a website. And you’ve got to talk to people and collaborate with people. You can’t do it yourself.”
Follow Amilian on social media @therealamilian.
Amilian interviewed by Shannon Heupel at the Montgomery Advertiser.