Artist Interview: Meresha
Tell us about yourself and your music
(musical) artist, vegan & alien luver.
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Young Indie singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer creating eclectic digital pop with a soulful throwback voice.
Meresha’s music has landed on Top 40 Billboard charts 3 times while her videos have been played internationally, including on MTV properties. She’s been the #1 Indie artist in the US for a month. In Dec. 2016, Billboard named Meresha a Top 10 global emerging artist.
In December 2016, Billboard named Meresha’s the #6 emerging artist globally.
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At the age of 12, Meresha recorded her song “Fool Don’t Be” in a CD booth at a mall. Fun, refreshing, and totally independent, the song revealed exciting potential. Born in Europe, at 15 the singer and multi-instrumentalist uprooted her family, and headed for Florida. Her intense focus and Indie attitude garnered interest with young fans and supporters of independent music alike. While her deep, soulful voice recalled a young Annie Lennox and Katy Perry, her quirky sonic vision drew comparisons to a Björk or Lorde.
In 2015, she released the EP New Revolution, which included the title track and a trio of other songs that ranged in style from the Florence & The Machine to FKA Twigs. Her sometimes frenetic eclecticism and eccentric beats created a fresh sound that brought old styles into contemporary production. She performed songs from the EP live in concert with Adam Lambert and Third Eye Blind.
That same forward-thinking pop vibe carried into 2016 when she released the single “My Love Has Come,” which shifted focus from her innovative production to her vocal strength.
Her late 2016 releases are”Together” and “Juntos”, which is Meresha’s first song in Spanish. A fun lyric video shot in the Bahamas and Florida introduces the song.
In December 2016, Billboard named Meresha the #6 emerging artist in the World, based on their “Next Big Sound” chart.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My late 2016 releases is”Together” and “Juntos”, which is my first song in Spanish. A fun lyric video shot in the Bahamas and Florida introduces the song.
What inspired you to write this release?
In today’s world, we can’t let ourselves be divided because of our skin color, national background, religious practice, sexual preference or other beliefs.
I believe we are greater “Together.”
“Together” and “Juntos” are songs about experiencing love, at both a personal and universal level. Love is the only way that the world can become united at the core. It is the only thing that matters, which is why these songs came into existence; because of my desire to join in with the ever-growing movement of peace on the planet, and to inspire others to also join in the celebration of life.
So join me!
Let’s go further “Together” ?
Any plans to release a video?
There is a lyric video. I may do other videos.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have some festival dates coming up in the Spring and Summer that aren’t announced yet.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I’ve been blessed to have been named the #6 emerging artist globally by Billboard recently. It’s a level of recognition I’ve been working towards for some years now. I’m active daily on social media, and have lucky to have a few hundred thousand followers by now. I try to stay in touch with fans as best I can, and also share updates on my music through articles like this one.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Some Kelela, Grimes, Spoon, Radiohead, D’Angelo, Paramore, Haitus Kaiyote, SZA, Willow, Black Eyes Peas, The xx, Portishead, Massive Attack, Daft Punk, Sia, Drake, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Imogen Heap, Joss Stone and Smashing Pumpkins are all on my current playlist.
Tell us about your passions
I’m vegan because of animals, I love to read, travel, run, blade, paddle board, etc.
What else is happening next in your world?
I am recording some new music now, and plan to play live in the Spring and Summer.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Turtlehue!