Mikaela "Mikki" Carlton attributes her love of music to the Saturday afternoon parties her parents threw at their home in the Trinidad community of Northeast DC. Born into a family of working musicians, Mikki began training in the performing arts many years ago under the tutelage of Cecilia Machado, notable Panamanian classical voice teacher and aunt.
Mikki brings to the DC Jazz Fest team a varied background including music marketing for film and television as former Strategic Music Placement & Production assistant for Discovery Communications. Also a former songwriter and producer for the House Studio DC production team, she currently moonlights as a freelance Songwriter and Producer in the production duo Tha Light. Mikki holds a Bachelor's degree in Music - Business with a Minor in Vocal Jazz from Howard University, and hopes to foster opportunities to provide high-quality jazz programming to the public, to galvanize the local music industry, and to educate and uplift the people of her beloved hometown, Washington, DC.