Mishy Athif is a singer-songwriter from the tropical Maldives Islands who lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Her music is best described as dreamy melodies sung in a baroque-pop style with emotionally driven lyrics that focus on exploring esoteric concepts and psychological themes through the relatable and humbling lens that is the human experience. Her musical influences stem from Singer-songwriters, Old-school Jazz and Indie Art Pop, and include artists like Damien Rice, Ella Fitzgerald, Lana Del Ray, Fiona Apple and more.
Mishy moved to Perth in 2016 to recuperate after a long and rewarding adolescent era of music in the Maldives, fuelled by two “anthem” hits, the first of which she performed at age fourteen. Both the songs were performed live in the Maldivian language “Dhivehi” and still continue to remain popular in the Maldives. After years of writing new material and refining a more mature sound, she is set to release her international debut single in late 2022. Through her music and storytelling, Mishy hopes to build a sense of interconnectedness and give listeners the feeling of being understood.
Mishy Athif began singing at the age of 3, participating in the Maldivian Inter-School Singing Competitions during her school years. Encouraged by her dad (former musician, Ahmed Athif), she taught herself the guitar at age 10, which in turn aided her during performances and also helped her compose as she began writing original songs (both in English and her first language) soon after.
Mishy Athif, began appearing in small acoustic concerts in 2006, alongside local bands. She first performed solo for the Maldivian public at the Annual National Bodyboarding Contest, “Varunulaa Challenge" in 2006 and was the youngest amongst only a handful of girls who played the guitar in Maldives at the time.
She grew popular amongst musicians in Maldives and made her official debut into the Maldivian music scene with the major hit, “Fari Paree”(2008). The song was recorded at a live concert with popular music band “Fasylive” and went on to top recognised television and radio charts as a result of gaining popularity on youtube.com. She then went on to appear on countless radio and television shows and created a facebook.com page in January 2009. Her following on social media flourished as she commenced to upload cover videos which were recorded during resort performances.
Simultaneously, Mishy became very popular within the luxury hotel industry that the Maldives is well known for. Island hopping from hotel to hotel, singing for their celebrity clientele and performing private concerts. She performed both solo and with her bands; Liquid Flavour and Shimmering Lights. Her bands always consisted of the creme de la creme of players that Maldives had to offer at the time and had arguably the best reputation and feedback that a Maldivian act has ever had in the luxury hotel circuit to date.
In 2010, while attending a dinner for “Boney M” member Marcia Barrett, Mishy welcomed the band to the Maldives by singing them an impromptu unplugged version of Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love for You”. This lead her to be personally invited by Marcia Barrett to perform at Marcia’s concert which was held in Male’ the next day.
Furthermore, she had a hit with a song called “Hiy kudhi kudhi”, for which she wrote the melody and helped produce the music. It was performed live as a guest performance at the grand finale of “The Voice of Maldives” in 2011, becoming an instant hit on youtube.com and validating her creative choice with over 300,000 hits.
Mishy has also performed for 4 of the Maldivian presidents’ over various occasions, the latest of which was at the Maldivian President’s banquet 2015, where the president of SriLanka was also in attendance. Her most recent notable performance for the Maldivian public was opening for South Asian sensation “Atif Aslam” at the Visit Maldives Festival Kickoff 2016 on new year’s eve.
Shortly afterwards, Mishy Athif moved to Perth,WA to recuperate and attend Curtin University. In 2018, she teamed up with local legend and blues guitarist Gary Cox to perform a series of concerts featuring the music of Eric Clapton and the two paired up to form a duo shortly after. They performed at The Ellington, Perth Blues Club, The Rosemount Hotel and many other venues. Unfortunately, Gary passed away suddenly, in March 2019.
Mishy has since performed with many respected musicians in Perth including a multitude of intimate concerts with singer songwriter Bryan Rice Dalton. In 2021, she began work on recording her original material with producer Elliot Smith and Musician Lee Jones (The Waifs, Eskimo Joe, Tracy Spencer) at Sundown Studios in Fremantle. Her international debut single is set to be released in late 2022. Most recently, she performed a very special concert in the studio where she is recording her music (Sundown Studios) with a line-up of stellar musicians backing her. It was a stunning success and received rave reviews from the audience.