Jeffrey Elias Miller is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Originally a social media celebrity, Miller is on his way to make a successful transition to mainstream stardom. A Massachusetts native, Miller had been singing since he was three years old. His first foray into performance came about in a school production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. After finishing the sixth grade, he began experimenting with various social media platforms. He tried Instagram and YouTube before settling on Vine. In November 2013, he uploaded his first two videos on Vine, the six-second covers of One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ and The Neighbourhood’s ‘Sweater Weather’. He posted at a steady rate, garnering a loyal and large following. By the time Vine shut down in 2016, Miller had accumulated an impressive 3.2 million followers and more than half a billion Vine loops. Miller has since become active on other social platforms and has released two extended plays ‘Seconds’ and ‘Rise’.
After finishing sixth grade, Jeffrey Miller created an Instagram account and uploaded a couple of 15-second videos of him singing. They were quite successful, garnering him over 3,000 followers. When he informed his mother about that, she told him to take the videos down immediately. While he did what he was told at the time, he continued to try to get his parents’ permission for his online presence. They eventually acquiesced. On June 8, 2013, Miller created a YouTube channel and posted his first video, a cover of Lulu and the Lampshades’ ‘Cups’.
The short-video sharing app Vine caught his attention when he noticed that his friends in school were using it. He asked his parents if he could set up an account there. Initially, they said no, but after three months of begging, he was eventually permitted to do so.
He was further emboldened by a well-received performance of Rihanna’s 'Stay' at his middle school’s variety show. On November 30, 2013, he posted his first two Vine videos, short covers of One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ and The Neighbourhood’s ‘Sweater Weather’. He continued to upload throughout the following winter, covering artists like Tori Kelly, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce. In one such instance, he recorded parts of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’. While the song was originally written after Bareilles was inspired by a friend’s struggle in coming out as gay, Miller sang it as a response to bullying, something which he often faced both at school and online.
Soon enough, his videos were being revined and remixed. Other Viners even used his videos for impromptu low-tech duets. He found his way into the site’s “Popular List” and was featured on its front page. On July 2, 2014, he appeared on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’, where the host Michael Strahan introduced him by stating that “they’re comparing him to Justin Bieber.” He also appeared on ‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ where he performed on TV for the first time.
On September 9, 2014, he released his debut EP ‘Seconds’ through Penn Station Productions label. It contained five songs, ‘Double Tap’, ‘Same Way’, ‘Zoom’, ‘Goodbye’, and ‘Squares’. The success of the album encouraged him to continue pursuing music.
By the time Vine shut down, Miller already had an established fan base. He currently has accumulated 103 thousand, 52 thousand, and five thousand followers on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook respectively. He also has 78 thousand subscribers on YouTube. In October 2016, he put out his second EP ‘Rise’, which is comprised of six songs, ‘Embrace’, ‘Higher’, ‘Legends’, ‘Whatever It Takes’, ‘Chess Piece’, ‘Live for the Night’.
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Jeffrey Miller was born on October 12, 2000, in Norfolk, Massachusetts to Jeff and Cindy Miller. He has two brothers, dePaul and Ronan. According to his parents, Jeffrey was a Wiggles fan as a three-year-old boy and used to sing their songs with a toy microphone. He first performed on stage in a school production of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, in which he played Bob Cratchit. He is a natural showman; his mother has stated that he was always an entertainer, he just needed an audience.
Miller has been dating fellow Massachusetts singer Karina Rae. They have collaborated on several songs, including the covers of Frank Loesser’s ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Reflection’ by Fifth Harmony, and Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’. Miller had worked together with Grant Landis, Chad JaXon Perez, Andrew Bazzi, Devin Hayes, and Grayson Goss in a Vine titled ‘TLC in the RV’.