Mikala McNeill’s love of music started at a young age, fostered by passionate community role models in her country hometown of Wedderburn, in regional Victoria. Role models and inspirations included her mother, her grandfather, her school teachers, netball coaches, friends and many others within her community. Many local companies and groups all played their part in supporting Mikala to play live gigs at their venues and event from a young age. She has always been passionate and encouraged to participate in various amateur theatre performances and school musicals.
At the start of year seven, when she was 12, Mikala taught herself how to play the ukulele and acoustic guitar and year-on-year has perfected her vocal skills.
She is a natural performer, comfortable performing into front of crowds of any size, and being a kid whose grown up in the bush – she’s warm, witty and pretty-wonderful – with people of all ages. In 2020 while studying her VCE, Mikala won Bendigo’s Got Talent, a Central Victorian talent contest held by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, HEADSPACE, Bendigo. Mikala competed against nine local artists in a public vote. The experience gave her the confidence to back herself and spread her wings.
Mikala is in hot demand with friends, family and the local shire to perform at weddings, parties, social functions…anything! When she has the time, she can be found busking out the front of Coles Supermarket, Bendigo and brings sheer delight and joy to shoppers undertaking the somewhat mundane task of the weekly shop.
She has performed at weddings at home and abroad, from Sutton Grange to South Africa. Mikala’s playlist extends beyond her years and includes melodies from the Beatles and Elvis and Simon and Garfunkel to modern day pop-stars like Ed Sheeran and Tay Tay.
She loves performing and counts down the days until her next gig.
She thoroughly enjoys learning new songs for a couples big-day and feels honoured to be a small (but important) part of their celebration.
All her songs are performed with an enchanting/engaging sound that melts the day away.
Mikala is a bright, young, local talent whose voice wraps you in sunlight and blue skies.
She is the real deal; the perfect soundtrack to any local wedding.