For generations, the black church has been the spiritual cornerstone for African American music.
The bedrock for gospel, blues, soul and R&B, the church shaped the sound of such world-
renowned singers as pastor’s daughter and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and
Whitney Houston, among many others.
Of these mesmerizing musicians who find their roots singing praises in the house of the Lord is
soul-drenched songbird Bre Mill. The daughter of a Baptist preacher, she started singing in
church choir at the tender age of three. And throughout childhood, she has been a huge hit in
her hometown, signing in parades, homecoming celebrations and various other events.
She made her presence known in secular music with sultry, slow-paced L-Town Records-
released single “Doin Me” and further proved her staying power with follow-up ballad “2 AM.”
Now with her fan base firmly in place, Bre Mills is well on her way to becoming that next big
R&B superstar to trace musical origins to the church.
“I love church, and I love to sing,” says the 24-year-old singer/songwriter. “I love the education
and getting the right teachings from church. I’m grateful for my religious upbringing because
everybody doesn’t have that.”
Born Breanna Miller in Shubuta, Miss., home of the Famous Artesian Well, Bre was one of six
pastor’s daughters. Her earliest memories were in church. And as a small child, she began
singing with the adult choir and even leading songs.
“I knew I could sing when I was a little girl. I remember singing in the choir, and I was so loud
that everybody stopped and started looking at me,” she laughs. “So music was always in our
Her musical talents were so undeniable that in her teens, she was blessed with the role of choir
director. Unfortunately, her love for church was tested when she became pregnant at 19 years
old. Her father called her out to the front of the church and told the congregation about his
“I’ll never forget the looks on their faces as I stood up there pregnant,” Bre recalls. “I felt so
betrayed by my father at that time. We couldn’t show our faces in church because he was trying
to do the right thing.”
Her father voluntarily stepped down as pastor for three months, and Bre was stripped of her
duties as choir director. “I didn’t want to go back to church after that,” she admits. Over time, her
faith in the church was restored, and her duties as choir director were reinstated.
Bre took a leap of faith in early 2019 when she traveled to Nashville to audition for The Voice.
Her audition was exceptionally well, but unfortunately, she did not advance to the next round.
“It was a great experience. There were a lot of talented people there,” she shares. “But they
expect you to have a sad, sob story. Everybody has problems but I don’t have a story to give you
a broken heart. I’m not going to give you a sad story. I’m going to give you me.”
The wonderful thing about Bre is that she did not let the experience discourage her from
following her dream. She still posted her videos online and kept a positive attitude. Eventually,
she caught the attention of L-Town Records executives, who immediately signed her to a
The result was her 2021 breakout single “Doin Me” and follow-up ballad “2 AM.” Since then,
her fan base has grown exponentially. “People can relate to my music,” Bre Mill explains.
“People come up to me all the time and tell me that they went through some of the same things
that I did. It’s not made up. They relate to it because so many people have been in similar