Houston-based singer Steff Neff premieres the music video for “Mine” on CelebMix, a song about not compromising or giving away any part of herself – her heart, her soul, or her dignity.
While by no means a punk rock riot grrrl, Neff certainly exudes a similar confident independent attitude, making it clear who she is on her Twitter bio: “Just a girl, her piano, and a plan to take over the world nbd.”
At only twenty-one years of age, Neff’s sound embraces dark pop, utilizing sugary pop elements along with affecting lyricism. Her sound has already won a bevy of admirers, including Rick Barker, former manager of Taylor Swift, and Tom McKinney, who polished the voices of Beyonce and Demi Lovato. Invited to take part in Judy Stakee’s “It All Starts with A Song” songwriting retreat, Neff has performed at the Springboard Music Festival and The House of Blues.
A classically trained musician, Neff recently signed with Strega Entertainment, whose roll call of artists includes the crème de la crème.
“Mine” begins with a gorgeous piano, elegant and eloquent, followed by the entry of Neff’s crystalline, potent voice. Replete with dark underlying harmonics, the alt-pop melody pulses with surging energy. The rhythmic throb encompasses reverberating deep tones and syncopated percussion. Flowing harmonics, accented by gloriously radiant strings, infuse the music with imposing textures, as luminous, echoing background harmonies add complex sonic flavors.
Neff’s voice, an instrument of sublime expression, is reminiscent of Adele, but enfolds more projection, clarity, and sonic pressure. This is a diva’s voice. Once you’ve heard it, you won’t forget it because of its electrifying timbres and mounting tones.
The lyrics pour out raw emotion and resolute determination.
“Tell me are you happy now / That you’ve left me lying here on the ground / With thorns in my heart and a dagger in my back / And somehow you got away without a scratch / But you won’t have my heart / You won’t have my soul / That’s mine / You won’t have my dignity / Not a single piece of me / Not my mind / That’s mine.”
“Mine” goes beyond superb and enters the realm of the ineffable. Powerful music, gripping lyrics, and Steff Neff’s fabulous voice, oh, that voice!, make “Mine” incredible.