Elaine McMilian is a vocalist and writer from Independence, Missouri. She sang her first solo at age 5 and continues to perform a variety of musical genres as a solo artist and in various groups. She self-produced two albums of original songs, “Insomnia,” and “The Messenger.” McMilian received a BA in English-Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She writes essays and poems, which can be found on her blog, Along the Way, and is working on a memoir.