Story by Sara Paul
Sitting across from Miranda Writes is equal parts inspiring, intimidating, and incredible. Local Hip Hop artist, snowboarder, and recently dubbed New York Ambassador for the Chill Foundation, the 24-year-old chooses her words wisely and carefully as her gigantic blue eyes and dark, curly locks surround a face that is purposeful, confident, and kind.
The Warwick resident, who, for privacy reasons uses the last name “Writes” as a stage name, began writing poetry in high school, is currently one of the top independent Hip Hop artists in New York and beyond.
One of Miranda’s singles, “Too Blessed,” has been in the Top 10 tracks on the World Wide Digital DJ Pool Platform for several months. With more than 100 other released tracks and thousands of deejays playing her music worldwide, Miranda is happily validated to receive the positive recognition.
“It absolutely makes me feel good and shows that good content spreads,” comments the singer/songwriter, adding that she is grateful to both her national and international fans.
“Writing is a way of sharing my experiences. I started jotting down secrets in my bedroom, and now I’m putting things out there for the world,” shared Miranda, who recently performed at the Village of Warwick’s 2018 AppleFest.
Miranda is the first female to link snowboarding and Hip Hop trends, volunteering her time with urban youth as well as creating original tracks for extreme sports enthusiasts, hence her notoriety at the Chill Foundation, which core values promote respect, courage, patience, persistence, responsibility, and pride for underserved youth across the United States through board sports like paddle boarding, skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing.
“I love kids and have a real attachment to the urban community. I understand what they’re going through, even though I’ve been privileged to live in Warwick,” commented Miranda, who has appeared at well-known venues in the five New York City boroughs, including BB Kings in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest.
Away from the hustle and bustle and up in the mountains, Miranda has participated in winter sports at Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ for the past 10 years and also frequents slopes in picturesque, icy getaways like Lake Placid and Vermont.
“I love snowboarding because I love the freedom of being outdoors in nature. It’s such a change from the craziness of the world that we all need to unplug from now and then,” states the local celeb, who is also a full-time Dean’s List student at SUNY Orange County Community College, carrying a 3.9 GPA. She will be receiving a Business Management degree this winter.
Born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC on Sept. 26, 1994, Miranda was an entertainer from as early as age three. With her boom box at her side, the youngster was always in front of the camera and putting on shows. Her family moved to Monroe Township, New Jersey where she lived until after high school when they moved to Warwick in 2014.
With influences ranging from Eminem to Tupac to Madonna, Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill, the artist, manager, and agent rolled in one discusses the many challenges she faces as a female in a historically male dominated genre and also being an independent entity.
“It’s important to align with good people with good intentions… I really love the music but I hate the business,” smiles Miranda, adding that the pressures of social media as well as negative stereotypes associated with Hip Hop are obstacles she deals with regularly.
“Hip Hop is the youngest form of music at about 45 years old. Other types of music have had decades to go through growing pains, so some perceive this music as just noise and fast words,” said Miranda, noting that Hip Hop was underestimated for a long time but is now the number one genre in the world. Hip Hop has always told a story and she uses her voice to tell hers. Miranda identifies as a “very spiritual” Christian and a “true Libra.”
“I try to be balanced, grounded, and able to see different perspectives,” confides the fit and fab gal, who practices Yoga and spends lots of time with her two dogs, Apollo and Midnight, and her 20 pound Maine Coon cat, Thomas.
The insightful, young woman has some wise, old words to live by: “It’s not an easy road; you’ll fall on your face but get back up again. Trust the journey. Life is short. Have fun. Make someone feel good today.”
Miranda performs throughout the tri-state area. For more information, visit https://www.mswrites.com/.
Editor’s note: The Warwick Valley Dispatch would like to feature local artists who are passionate in their creative pursuits. These individuals can be established artists or those who are getting started in their trade. We ask that if you know of any artists who would be appropriate for these human interest pieces that you contact Sara Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-702-3091.