You may not know who she is but if you do, you know she can sing her heart out. She’s an up-and-coming music artist from New Jersey with a voice unmatched by most of her mainstream counterparts. Her name is Miesa and if you haven’t heard her sing, you’re truly missing out. If you’re following So So Active on Twitter, you may have seen her cover of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors. Her album is currently in the works and has remained hush-hush about it but I had the opportunity to speak with the star in the making over the phone.
Miesa, pronounced Me-Sah, grew up in a small town in South New Jersey. The town of Burlington, near the Fort Dix ARMY Base, is home to many notable people like Ulysses S. Grant, NFL player Rod Streater, and William Franklin and houses roughly 9,700 people, according to the 2000 Census. “I heard a lot of, besides the music playing, you would… hear [soldiers] training…guns would go off, but it was like, you know, a police range,” she tells me, recounting listening to sounds of ‘mini mock wars.’
She goes on to tell me that she was introduced to music at a young age. Her father is a musician, always at the piano and constantly singing; “The Human Jukebox” is her nickname for him singing songs from artists like The Beatles and Babyface. According to the Siri Music Group website, Miesa began recording in a studio at the young age of seven. Miesa draws influence from Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, the R&B singer/songwriter from the past 38 years. Not only was he an “incredible musician” but, she says, “he was one of the most important male artists” in rhythm and blues.
As a recording artist, she looks to the biggest artists as an influence. Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys. When asked about the transition from physical copies of music to digital retail, Miesa draws a comparison to purchasing a book. “It’s a lot easier – to have a book sent quickly to my iPad or my computer. [But],” she continues, “There’s no feeling like a book. The smell of a book – you know. [Digital] is great because of [how fast one can download]. I hope the world goes back to [primarily physical] but I’m not opposed to it.”
When I said she had a clean image, she dismissed my claim and said her image was classy and sexy. “I think it’s classy, tasteful [and] a little sexy.” Miesa went on with:
“Anything sexy is a little bit risqué. It all depends on – how creative [my team is] being or how I’m being. I don’t want to be too raunchy but, I mean, I just want to stay true to myself.”
At the end of the interview, I asked for more information regarding her album. However, she told me that the album is to be kept secret. She’s not sure whether some of the songs will remain on the final tracklist. Yet, she tells me that she just finished wrapping up on the music video for Antidote, her hit single. She also preparing for another video for another single that she kept tight lipped about. She doesn’t know exactly when the album is coming out but she is working hard on it. If you want to know the latest on Miesa and her music, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/miesamusic and visit her webpage at Miesamusic.com.Google+