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Whoa! New Meiko Things??

Whoa! New Meiko Things??

Helloooooo!!!

Lately, I’ve been taking small breaks from mommy-hood to really focus on my music and figure out my next steps. I’m so excited to announce that I have a Patreon page! 

What is Patreon? Well – it’s a way for fans to connect with artists to get exclusive access to new and previously unheard/unreleased material – on a regular basis – WAY before it’s released to the general public. I like to think of it as a fan club, post-1992. I’ll be focusing lots of my attention on this page – posting blogs, new songs, older songs I’d never put out, and videos, updates on my life, and thoughts on the world, etc. I love Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and I’ll of course continue to use those …but those dang algorhythms really make it hard for people to see everything I post!

Example: When my last record, MOVING DAY, came out, I posted an announcement on Facebook. On the bottom of the post I saw that only 300 people had seen the post. I have roughly 70,000 “followers”…. and only 300 people saw the announcement about my new record?? 🙁

This is when being an indie artist gets difficult. It’s hard to depend on those sites to promote new material. They only show things in people’s feeds THEY think would be interesting. I can post a picture of an adorable puppy and it will show me that 30,000 people have seen it. It’s nuts!

Anyway – here is a link to my “fan club” (huh huh). You can choose from a variety of options to help support my music, and and hey, if you don’t, I understand. Times are tough and I know this well 🙂

Anyway – please check out the page – I’m really excited about this! Here’s the link!
http://www.patreon.com/meikomusic

13775964_10153536443840146_2660219750789445690_nThank you, everyone, for the well wishes and for wondering where I went, haha! We are doing great and #completely in love.

The Story Behind ‘Moving Day’

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I moved to Nashville for three reasons. Firstly, I wanted a backyard. I’d been living in apartments in Los Angeles for 14 years, and I felt like a backyard would make me feel more accomplished and grown up. Buying a house in or around L.A. was impossible – even after saving up for years, I didn’t have enough to scratch the surface. Secondly, I wanted to be closer to my family in Georgia. I’d been on the other side of the country for so long, I started noticing a disconnect, and that’s not how I wanted things to be. Lastly, I wanted to eventually start a family of my own. My ovaries we’re like, “Uh… Hello?? The clock’s ticking. Get it together already!” …So there’s that.

Madly in love, newly married to my English (Hackney) husband, we finally made the move to our little fixer-upper this past August. We camped out in our backyard for a few weeks while repairs were made on the inside of the house. Friends and family thought we were nuts, but we found it extremely romantic. The crickets, the fresh air, the stars… And there’s something about peeing in your own damn yard that’s like a right of passage!

October came around and it was time to go on tour with the amazing Emerson Hart. He gave me an education on Nashville on the long drives between tour dates since he’s been living here for years now. On tour, we stopped in lots of my favorite places – Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Atlanta… It was a really special time for me. I knew that I needed to soak it up and really enjoy the ride, because it wouldn’t be long before I’d settle down a bit in Music City.

Once we got back from tour, I was ready to make a plan for the new album. All the songs were there – I just needed to find a great producer. As fate had it, my friends were traveling through, playing shows with Rachael Yamagata, and needed a place to crash for the night. We had an extra bedroom so I offered up some space for them. The next morning, we woke up and they took me to breakfast as a ‘thank you’, inviting their friend, Joshua Grange. Josh showed up, sat down, ordered, then proceeded to dip his toast in coffee, which I thought was a little unusual and kind of grody. He told me about his studio and I was intrigued, since I was fairly new to town and was open to meeting and working with people who seemed legit and non-flaky.
The next day I called him and swung by his studio. There was an immediate vibe. We started playing around with a song called “Pretty Easy” (the demo version from this day is what we ended up putting on the album with a few tweaks, and it’s one of my favorite songs of the bunch). We agreed to record 8 more songs – and I was so excited to finally have a plan!

But wait – there’s more.

Woah Nelly! I’m pregnant.

So many things went through my head like, “Wow, that didn’t take long.” “Is it possible to have a music career and a baby?” “How am I gonna pay for all of this?” “What is life?!?!” After lots of thought and freaking out, I started taking it one day at a time. I was about 2 months in, made a decision to use the crowdfunding tool, PledgeMusic to help cover the costs of recording and chose to have the release date be on my ‘estimated’ due date 🙂

I named the album Moving Day to represent all 9 songs I’d recorded, about moving towns, moving from relationships, moving on to being a big girl, etc. But the real reason I named it Moving Day was that every time I would press the guitar up to my belly to record, I’d feel the baby move. It was exhilarating and new …and THERE was my theme. I confirmed that I was housing a little groover, and it all came together. Life is about to change – like REALLY change. I’m moving on to the exciting and unknown!

So, it’s the day of the album release and I’m due any minute 🙂 Not exactly sure what’s in store for me, but I’m confident that I’ve made a beautiful record (and a beautiful baby) … and as far as the logistics go, I’m in Nashville, a town that seems to embrace family culture and music at the same time, in my house with a backyard and a vegetable garden that I’ve been dreaming of for all these years, and I’m ready for life’s next adventure. Sometimes the biggest leaps are the scariest, but they’re always worth it.

Here we go.

xoxo
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THE HAPA TOUR!

THE HAPA TOUR!

So excited to see The Hapa Tour FINALLY becoming a reality! Click HERE for cities, dates, and ticket links!

Growing up in my tiny town of Roberta, Georgia (population 808), me and my sister were the only ones who were part Asian. Like seriously, the ONLY ones.

I felt so proud to be different, but didn’t really feel a part of
something bigger until I met so many more Hapas later in life. Los
Angeles is to thank for that. I felt like I was part of some sort of
club – and being a singer, I’ve come across some really awesome Hapa artists. I had this idea to start a little tour called The Hapa Tour, so that a few of us could go around and spread the word that it’s OK to be mixed!!! It’s what makes us unique. I grew up on fried chicken and sushi and that’s what I knew as the “norm”. Other people thought it was weird, but I knew I was special 🙂

I met Marié through the Hotel Cafe, the place where I waited tables /played shows. I remember thinking that she smelled really good. Haha!
Like baby powder and Jasmine or something like that. Anyway – we became friends and she was super down to make my dream of having a Hapa Tour become a reality. I’m so lucky and grateful that this thing is finally HAPA-ning (huh huh)! Not only is it great to be on tour again, with a friend… But this time it has more of a special meaning. I feel like we are representing for all the little kids out there who’ve felt confused when checking a box that asks what we are. To the ones that chose “other”… This is for them.