Originally from Florida, the multi-talented songstress Meecah is a true Renaissance woman. Gifted with beauty and an incredible voice, Meecah’s passion for song and stage began at the tender age of three. It is through hard work and determination that her youthful aspirations have since blossomed into a rose garden of becoming a household name. Whether it is from one of her live performances or radio, Meecah’s musical capabilities have proven to be a breath of fresh air and a source of inspiration for artists and fans worldwide. Meecah’s recent single Melanated is a perfect testimony of her artistic genius.
Melanated is an ‘international anthem’ and a delightful song that celebrates the beauty in being a person of color. Melanated opens with some thought-provoking wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that works well in setting the tone for song’s overall demeanor. Thereafter, Meecah makes a spectacular vocal performance that takes Melanated’s theme and instrumentation to another dimension. Melanated has an engaging music video with elements that is sophisticated in its comparison of our times with the racial climate of generations prior. One thing that I really enjoyed about the video and song is that it focuses on the happiness that comes with being a melanated individual as a means of overcoming negative racial stereotypes. Overall, Melanated is a monumental song for these days and times.
When did you start singing?
Around the age of 6 I started leading solos in my church choir, and I took on singing professionally when I was 12 and in the 6th grade. I went to an Arts Middle School and really learned how to use my voice properly.
Does your family have from a musical background?
My father’s clan all hail from musical prodigies. They taught me everything I know about performance. They always told me “It’s one thing to sing into a microphone; but if people are spending money to come see you, you better give them something to remember.”
If you can collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
At this very moment, I would love to collaborate with Bruno Mars. He is a cultivation of everything great, and he constantly pays tribute to the legacy of great entertainers who have passed on. I believe that it will be epic because I like to have fun on the stage and he seems to have the kind of energy that never burns out.
Who are your biggest influences?
Musically, I am influenced by Anita Baker and Whitney Houston. I also love the Debarges, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Stevie Wonder. You can hear a lot of their influences in my live performances as well.
Do you go to school? If so what are you studying?
Yes! I attend Pace University for Musical Theatre BFA and a Spanish minor
What does your work aim to say?
I think I have promoted Love the most. I have a LOVE and appreciation for the live instrument sound and am yearning to bring that back to mainstream radio. I love myself and therefore love others. I have a love for God that I needed to grow into and know for my own, and I love to have fun. My latest EP “New Moon Rising” is evidence of all these statements.
What are 3 of your favorite musical memories?
I will never forget my first time headlining in 2013. I had asked for some assistance in making the show as big as possible because it was in an amphitheater but nobody wanted to help me so I researched how to mix music on garage band, asked three of my really good friends from high school to be my background dancers and buddied up with my light designer friend and put on a show that nobody fails to mention when they talk about high school. It was incredible and I felt so happy.
I remember my first concert being Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at SunFest. Snoop asked for some females to come on stage, and I just KNEW this was my big break if I could just get the microphone, unfortunately I couldn’t get past the other women but he and I made eye contact and I never will forget that moment.
I learned how to entertain by watching the greats do it, I remember when Whitney Houston died I went on YouTube and watched all of her live performances and studied her vernacular. She always made me laugh when she spoke and filled me with joy when she sang. It inspired me to want to do that for others.
What inspired your new music video “Melanated”?
Immediately after the race riots in Charlottesville, VA last year I had my fill with racial injustice and wanted to send out positive energy to balance out the hate towards my people. I was feeling very down about myself as a black woman, I was exhausted because I was just trying to matter. So I wrote Melanated as a love letter to myself to uplift myself, but as I continued writing it I started thinking about all the people of color who have yet to be empowered by their culture because they are blinded by the hate surrounding it and I wrote this with them in mind too.
Where have you performed?
I’ve performed on Broadway in a few shows/benefit concerts, I’ve also headlined at BB Kings and overseas in the Bahamas. As I continue, I want to perform at the big venues like MSG, Staples Center, and the Apollo.
10. What advice would you give to younger generation of artist?
It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap and give up because you don’t think you’re good enough. However, you are. If you keep your priorities in order and stay consistent with them you’re gonna hit the nail on the head soon enough when the time is perfect for you!
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