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Watch: Singer-songwriter MILCK kicks off 8th Annual Women in the World Summit with soulful performance

April 5, 2017

Perhaps there was no better way to begin Tina Brown’s 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit — a three-day event with an agenda chock full of outspoken women talking about a range of important issues — than with a soulful performance of singer-songwriter MILCK’s smash hit “Quiet.” The a capella number, featuring the lyrics “A one woman riot, oh, oh, oh, I can’t keep quiet,” became the anthem of the Women’s March on Washington in January after MILCK performed it in the nation’s capital with a choir assembled over social media. Many of the women who sang with MILCK in a flashmob performance never met before that day. They had rehearsed together over Skype and then convened in D.C. for the big performance, a video of which went viral and has since amassed more than 15 million views.

MILCK is Connie Lim, a first-generation Chinese-American who was born and raised in L.A. and still live theres. Lim is a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse and wrote the song back in 2015 as a coping mechanism. Despite the urging of her managers to release the song, she never did. But in 2017, Lim resurrected the song as it took on new meaning after a presidential election in which gender and equality loomed large. Its resonance at the Women’s March cemented its place in the resurgent women’s movement and the effort to resist the presidency of Donald Trump.

Milck was backed onstage by two a cappella groups from Columbia University. The Columbia Metrotones, the Ivy League university’s top all-women a capella group that was founded in 1983, provided vocals along with Columbia University Nonsequitur A Cappella, the school’s top co-ed a capella group.

MILCK will close out the Women in the World New York Summit on Friday with an encore performance. After that, she’ll appear at the fountain in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday where she’ll lead another sing-along of “Quiet.” As part of her #ICANTKEEPQUIET project, MILCK is encouraging others to record their own performances of the song and post them on social media. The song’s complete lyrics can be found here. Watch MILCK’s full performance onstage at the Summit above.


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