When Kimberly Lucien was young girl, she would walk across the street to her father’s friend house in Boston and watch her father and his Haitian-band rehearse in the basement.
This, she said, was the beginning of her love for music.
Lucien, 25, has released a new single “No Pressure” under her stage name Milan and is working on an EP scheduled to come out in early 2019. In addition, she will be performing in “A Not So Classic Christmas Carol,” opening for one night only on Dec. 21. It is her first lead role.
“Upon seeing her audition, the casting team unanimously agreed that she was the only choice for the role. While there were other actresses who could have played the part, none were a great fit for the role as Ms. Lucien,” said director April Jarrett.
She moved down to Florida when she was 15, after her parents divorced. Her mom, Lucien said, wanted to be closer to where her sister, Mireille Marclin, lived at the time.
Soon, Lucien said she got involved with her church, Hope United, and its seasonal production. That, she said, was where she her love for acting started.
She went to Nova University for a year and a half until she got sick with gastritis and had to drop out.
“I was devastated. It was heartbreaking to have to constantly call the ambulance and take [Kimberly] to the hospital,” said Mona Lucien, her mother.
During her time off from school, she said she focused on church and music. During the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony, after watching Tori Kelly perform for the first time, Lucien said she was inspired to be a performer.
“It just clicked then where I was like I want more training, I want to be the best I can be, I want to be considered a professional,” said Lucien.
Lucien dropped out of Nova and enrolled in the New World School of the Arts in Miami. Though she was there for two years, she did not receive a degree. She said felt she had acquired all the training she needed to make it as a professional artist.
“To tell you the truth, I had no idea that my daughter would end up following my footsteps,” said Fequiere Lucien, her father.