MEB writer/photographer M.J. Rawls recently caught up with r&b/pop singer Miesa who Tidal has called one of “tomorrow’s biggest names.” They briefly discuss her musical upbringing, her singles, “Blame My Ex” and “Too Bad For You”, and her forthcoming first album
MEB: You come from a background with a vast musical melting pot. You’ve mentioned when you were younger that you were in pageants, casting calls and talent shows. Has being in those situations at a young age conditioned you to face the spotlight in the music industry?
Miesa: Well, it did and it didn’t. As a kid, I had no inhibitions but as an adult there are more things going on in my head. Participating in beauty pageants and talent shows nurtured my passion for performing in front of an audience. I discovered my ability to connect with people at an early age which I can now look back on and see where I began connecting with people through music.
I also came from a household that is really eclectic, so I got to listen to bands like The Beatles and older R&B like Pebro Bryson and Shalamar. A lot of people feel that there are blurred lines between R&B these days. That the music is more pop-oriented. Do you feel that it’s just an evolution of R&B music?
M: It’s definitely a mix. Music constantly evolves, but there is still music true to its genre. But that’s what makes music so special.
The songs “Blame My Ex” and “Too Bad For You” are both personal bouts with love. Do you find drawing from those first person perspectives that you get the most out of your music?
M: I think every experience is personal. My story is genuine and so is yours. I think music is best told when it’s a story that’s based off the truth. It comes from a real place.
With that, you have the remix EP for “Too Bad For You” which is more dance oriented. Do you foresee going down that road. Artists like Rihanna and Kelly Roland have made that crossover recently.
M: I don’t think you should ever let music die. So if it’s a good song, why not take it to as many places as you can? I don’t know if that’s crossing over, but I know I like to dance.
You recently did a beautiful rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” at Skyville Live. Are there any other songs that you had in mine doing a cover for in reference to your upcoming Covers EP?
M: There’s so much incredible music out there, both past and present, it’s just an honor to cover great music.
You are also working on your first album which could be an exciting and anxious time for an artist. What is the statement you are looking to make with the music?
M: The statement that I’m looking to make with this album is that there’s still good music. There has always been trendy music and there has always been timeless music. I want to make sure that I make timeless music.
Watch the video for “Too Bad For You” below. Find out more about her over on her website.