Cassie Mia is the product of the various small towns that she quickly outgrew. When Cassie was younger, she and her family had to move around a lot, but the one thing she could always count on was music. Both of her parents played in a band which exposed her to dozens upon dozens of classic hits. The band rehearsed and performed various classic rock and R&B songs from the 60s and 70s, and introduced Cassie to multiple artists that she still loves and listens to up to this day. Cassie’s first gig came when she was just seven years old. On a brief break during one of her parents’ shows, she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
Although she was born Cassie Thornton, Cassie Mia comes from one of her only close friends growing up. Mia lived down the shore from Cassie and her family in New Jersey. They were best friends in preschool, and she was the only person who Cassie could be herself around. When her family had to leave town again, Cassie found it to be almost impossible to say goodbye. Cassie adopted the name as a way to hold on to her friend and the memories they shared together.
Cassie had to learn how to be tough at an early age. She was bullied all throughout school over the way that she dressed, and how she talked. Due to her frequent moves to new cites, she was regularly introduced as “the new kid”. Cassie was shy and kept to herself. She didn’t speak a lot in class or outside of it, and it made finding friends tough, but Cassie quickly grew a thick skin and learned to not care what other people thought of her.
Through all of the moves that her family made, Cassie and her dad grew incredibly close. They would spend as much of their time as possible out on their boat listening to her father’s favorite music. In this time, Cassie was influenced by many artists, but most notably Joni Mitchell, Amy Winehouse, and The Rolling Stones. Joni Mitchell’s song “Blue” is her favorite song of all time because the music takes her away from reality. Every time she listens to it, she can come up with a different story for it to go along with.
Cassie likes to put a rebellious kick to her music, so no one can ever get too comfortable. She wants to defy expectations of her music, while still bringing a vintage feel to her songs. Her goal is for people to hear her music and understand the lyrics on a personal level. She hopes that every listener can get something different from her songs, while still revolving around the same ideas. She wants to have deep lyrics that force people to read between the lines, and she wants to bring back the classics she grew up on. Cassie believes that music can be universal, and even if someone does not have an experience similar to the lyrics, the music should still move people.