Genres:Country - Contemporary/Pop, Alternative Pop, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Alternative Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop
Kirk McMillan never meant to be a songwriter. In fact, his dreams were to be a major league baseball player or to be in the military. Born and raised in Atlanta, Kirk headed off to The Citadel Military College of South Carolina to pursue his dreams. After 6 long months of Citadel “boot camp”, uniforms and marching, he shortly realized The Citadel is a great education but he wasn’t cut out for the military life. So, he devoted the remainder of his time as a member of The Citadel baseball team. After graduation, and no interest from a major league team, he went to work for the only job he would ever come to have. Working for his family business, a food wholesaler company that started in 1980 in Atlanta where he spent his childhood years emptying trashcans and cleaning up. Kirk worked his way up, getting his MBA at Kennesaw University in Atlanta. After 10 years as president he is now sharing leadership as co-president of the family company, with his Brother Sean.
Even though Kirk was thriving at his job he felt strongly that his life was missing something. He couldn’t put his finger on what it was until one day, he was walking in Memphis with his younger brother Matthew. “We stopped to listen to this guy play guitar on the street,” Kirk says from his Atlanta home. “There was nothing that special about the guy, but in that moment it hit me. I told my brother. You know what? That’s what I need to do. I don’t know if I wanted to do it, or needed to do it, but I had to.” McMillan came back, bought a guitar and started taking lessons. Within a year he wrote his first song.
I remember the first moment of the first song. I was waking up one morning in bed, my wife brought me coffee, and all of a sudden, I was watching the world differently. I began to see things from a songs perspective. This must be how songwriters see things, and that is where the song came from. It was a moment I knew I needed to sing. “ “A morning cup of coffee”
As Kirk went on to write, every experience became something he could latch onto and turn into a song. This became his saving grace, This filled his void. In a sense it also became the essence of his first record American Dreamworld. “I was not happy doing what I was doing, I looked at myself in the mirror and knew I needed a change. That was the inspiration for the record. It’s clear to hear where Kirk McMillan is coming from. With songs like corporate cross, you hear the struggle of looking at your threshold of sanity knowing something has to give way. “Clinging to the ladder of the corporate cross.” It means there is always a sacrifice for the family business, but one gets to the point that more is needed, and you have to let go if things are going to change.
It took 6 months to make the record that it took 6 years to write. This record is the outcome of a significant changing point in his life. Music chose him. He never chose it.
When his family found out he was heading in a different direction than the business they had all grown into, they were shocked, but chalked it up to nothing but a hobby. It wasn’t until they heard the finished record that they knew something was special here. They agreed, this is what he was meant to do.
Kirk, who is still living in Atlanta, still working for the family business is taking his life in a new direction with his debut release. But that is not the only thing that makes Kirk stand out. About a year and half ago Kirk started working with a children’s charity called Creative Community Services. He felt the pull to make a difference and do more. “There is just so much that needs to be done. There is so much lacking. From the basic food and water, to things like eyeglasses, or even a friend. My goal, if I had my wish, would be to combine the audiences I garner from my music and bring them together with children charities in their community. If we can make a difference with just one person or make one dream reality….that would be worth while.”