Paris Nia McMillian
Paris Nia McMillian is a native of Washington, D.C. and is currently in the 11th grade at Wilson High School in DC. Beyond her academic gifts, Paris has that rare quality of natural talent. At the ripe age of 16, Paris is a multi-gifted artist—poet/songwriter/ singer/actress. Beyond school, she devotes much of her free time to reading and writing. Paris says, “I feel lost without a book or pen in my hand and can’t image a day without exploring some wonderful new world through a great book.” Although she has not released her first CD, many envision her as the next Barbara Streisand or Celine Dion. At the age of ten, Paris performed a solo with the Washington Performing Arts Society in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center with a background choir and orchestra of nearly 200. Her success at the Kennedy Center, led to other performances across the east coast.
- Recently performed the “National Anthem” for the Washington Nationals for the National Stadium in Washington, D.C.
- Performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as the lead singer for Exceptional Talent 2014.
- Recently performed the “National Anthem” for the National Basketball Association Wizards Team Playoff Game.
- Recently performed the “National Anthem” for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s annual gala in concert with Jennifer Holiday and Bill Crosby in Washington, D.C.
- Recently performed for the Mayor of Washington, D.C., for a DC ward four council member and for several Christmas lighting ceremonies in the DC metropolitan area
- Came in third place among 2,000 D.C. high school students at the annual District of Columbia Capital All-Star Talent competition at the Kennedy Center
- Performed at the Gallup Organization in Washington, D.C., honoring the first Black general and other senior military officials
- Performed at the annual Black History Celebration, U.S. NASA, Washington, D.C.
- Opened at a reception for Terrance Howard at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s annual gala, New York, NY
- Performed the “National Anthem” for WNBA, Washington, D.C.
- Performed “Riverbend & Colors of the Wind” at The National NAACP luncheon, Washington, D.C.
- Performed “And I’m Telling You” for a Showcase at John Eaton Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
- Performed “Because of You” for D.C. Teacher’s Annual Appreciation Luncheon, Washington, D.C.
- Performed with Children of the Gospel for President Obama’s Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
- Read one of her many poems entitled “Shadow” at Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
Paris continues to write short stories and poems and is working on her first book. In 2012, two of her poems were published with a profile in InSpire magazine. She is teaching herself Japanese, is studying Mandarin and French and aspires to become a professor in literature or a psychiatrist. She has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., was greatly influenced by creative and performing arts during her vacation in Paris, France and is working on spending the summer this year in South Africa.