For Irish singer/songwriter Miles Graham, music has always offered tremendous solace in moments
of struggle. As a child raised in hard times on the outskirts of Dublin, he immersed himself in American soul records as an escape from his troubled surroundings, eventually creating his own songs and earning major buzz with his BBC Radio 2-playlisted track “I Can’t Love You Again.”
Over the years, he’s also enraptured audiences with his unforgettable voice, a velvet-smooth and soulful instrument that’s made him an in-demand artist in the dance world, as evidenced by his cutting-edge collaborations with leading artists like L’Tric and Don Diablo.
After spending years honing his deeply affecting song craft, the immensely talented artist is now set
to deliver his most powerful body of work to date. Made in London with producer Paul Herman (Emeli Sandé, Dido, Corinne Bailey Rae), Graham’s new EP All the Right Things showcases his soul- baring songwriting and top-quality sound: a genre-blurring blend of retro-soul, urban music, and fresh yet timeless pop. Though the EP unfolds in brilliantly original sonic flourishes—heavy grooves, bright beats, laid-back guitar tones—each song elegantly spotlights Graham’s spellbinding voice. As he reveals his remarkable range, Graham centers his lyrics on certain personal turmoil.
“These songs all came from a huge change in my life recently, in which I endured a lot of heartbreak,” he notes. “It was quite a rough couple of years, and I feel like I’ve only just come through it and picked myself back up again.”
On the EP’s lead single “Don’t Change,” Graham transforms his sorrow into a sweetly uptempo message of encouragement to others in times of grief. The piano-driven title track achieves a playful spirit in its meditation on perseverance, while “Give It Up Now” emerges as a bittersweet piano ballad laced with lush string arrangements (courtesy of Sally Herbert, a musician who’s worked with Usher, Plan B, Rudimental, and Maverick Sabre). And on “Sunbeam,” Graham closes out All the Right Things with an intricately textured and heart-melting tribute to his young daughter.
Growing up in Neilstown (a West Dublin area notoriously ravaged by crime and intimidation), Graham first discovered his passion for soul music as a kid and soon became something of a musical recluse. Over the years, he dedicated himself to songwriting.
His debut EP Air In My Lungs in 2015. Quickly finding a fan in the late great Sir Terry Wogan, who invited Graham to perform on his massively popular BBC Radio 2 show, he later linked up with several innovative producers in the electronic/dance world, lending his vocal talents to tracks like L’Tric’s “1994” and Don Diablo’s “Bright Skies (The Bit U Know)” (a cut from the Dutch DJ’s hugely successful 2018 album Future). With more collaborations in the works, Graham is destined to feature on countless top-tier feel-good playlists in the coming years.
A highly prolific songwriter now at work on his first full-length effort, Graham hopes that the healing he experienced in creating All the Right Things might ultimately transfer onto his audience.
“Making music is definitely therapy for me. If I couldn’t do it, I don’t think I’d actually be here right
now given my journey so far,” he says. “One thing that always keeps me going is the melody. how, even when a song’s about pain and struggle and hardship, the melody still always carries some kind of hope. If people can listen to my songs and come away feeling that HOPE, be inspired by a story or melody and come away with that, then i’m happy”