Meiko (pronounced MEE-KOH) hadn’t traveled much before she left Roberta, Georgia to pursue her career, but she said she wanted to see the world. This small town girl, who watched Channel One News in school, made the life-changing move to L.A. with older sister Kelly when she felt ready to take the spotlight.
“Being with my sister took the edge off,” Meiko said about the “very scary” transition. Since then, Meiko has adapted well to city life, gaining inspiration from other musicians like Dido and acquiring support from the owners of Hotel Cafe, a restaurant and hot spot for concerts where she worked as a waitress.
Meiko recounts the most rewarding moments of her career in two anecdotes. The first is about the time Dido went to Hotel Cafe to hear her perform. “First you look up to someone, and then they go out of their way to see your show – it’s incredible.”
The second is about the time a fan approached Meiko after a show. He was a young twenty-something soldier from the army who received her album as a gift before his tour in Iraq. “He said it helped get him through everything,” said Meiko. “I felt flabbergasted. It was the ultimate thank you.” She added, “To be that comfort for someone really hit home.”
In need of a little comfort, yourself? Give Meiko’s tracks a listen! You can also learn more about her by clicking through the slideshow below.
Boys With Girlfriends
Reasons to Love You
Hometown: Roberta, Georgia
New Home: Los Angeles, California
Hobbies: Embracing Her Japanese Heritage & Listening to New Bands
Early Gigs: Singing at Church & Baseball Games
-- Meiko (2007) (self-released), #28 Billboard Top Heatseekers
-- Meiko (2008) (Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC), (re-release) #14 Billboard Top Heatseekers
--"X-Mas Song" (2007) (self-released)
--"Boys With Girlfriends (2008) (Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC), #1 iTunes Folk Song
Red Fish Blue Fish
Fleming and John
and Shep Sheppard.