I’ve started recording a new record! It’ll be my first TRULY independent album release since 2007!
Please watch this video for all the info, and then pre-order the album/ grab other exclusive items, if your heart so desires 🙂
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.
In March, 2009, I was supposed to open up for Jason Mraz on a European tour. At the last minute, it fell through. I was devastated but ended up booking some shows at SXSW to make use of my time. I was only there for a few days and had a pretty busy schedule. After I played my very last show (which was a morning breakfast, playing to a hungover crowd and being hungover myself) I got a text from Perez Hilton to hang out. We ended up going bar hopping all day, listening to new bands and drinking Red Bull & Vodkas. When we got to the last spot, Perez disappeared and I looked for him everywhere! I tapped the shoulder of a tall, dark and handsome man, asking him if he’d seen my friend. He said with the most amazing English accent, “Darling, I haven’t seen anyone with that description”. As soon as he started talking to me, I stopped looking for my friend. Me and Roman (who I thought was named Reginald at the time), closed down the bar, saw each other the following day, then parted ways. One week later, I browsed some travel sites and found a round-trip ticket to London from Los Angeles for $499 (unheard of!) …I bought it, emailed Roman telling him that I knew it was sudden and swore I wasn’t a crazy person, but that I would be in London the following week. I saw England for the first time and confirmed that I was madly in love with a man I met, drunkenly, at a bar called “The Rusty Spur”…
We got engaged 6 years later in the same park he took me to the very first time I visited London, marrying shortly after, in my childhood backyard of Roberta, Georgia.
It was very intimate and totally my dream wedding. It’s true what they say- It goes by so quickly. I kept reminding myself to cherish each moment with all the people from all parts of our lives, but- it was a whirlwind, still.
What amazed me most about the whole thing- was how many people came to the rescue to help make it so beautiful. My dad built the arbor. My sister, Kelly, was the MC for the night. My friend’s aunt and uncle provided the dance floor. My high school friend’s BBQ joint, Hudson’s, did the catering. My old softball coach, Mr. Gary, was the officiator. My friend’s mom did all the flowers. A friend of the family let us raid her vintage furniture store (Vintage Junktion) for decorations… Roman’s cousin’s bluegrass band (The Boxcar Bandits) came all the way from Denton, Texas to play the reception and my brother and his girlfriend, made the brunch the following morning. Also props to My sister, Tiffany, who brought 4 boxes Krispy Kreme the morning of the wedding/ helped decorate/ helped clean up the aftermath the morning after! I guess I have a little bit of ‘after wedding blues’- But now it’s on to the next chapter. Life, Part Two. It’s so exciting!
Dress: Love Marley collection by Watters
Makeup: Intensify by Patience, Warner Robins, GA
Hair: Kelly Batchelor of Stranz and Tanz, Roberta, GA
Flowers: Pam Spillers, Roberta, GA
Wedding Venue: My parents’ backyard. Thank you parents!!
Wedding Photography: Amber Gress, www.ambergress.com
So excited to let you know that my new EP, Lovers & Fighters, is officially out now!! YAY!!!!!
If you’d like to listen to it before you buy it, I’ve got it streaming on my website here: http://www.meikomusic.com/music/
You can also find it on Spotify and other streaming services too 🙂
I can’t wait for you to hear it – please help me spread the word!
Thanks in advance for checking it out – have a Happy Valentine’s Day this weekend!!
I’m SO excited to let you know I’ve got a new EP coming out on February 10!
It’s called Lovers & Fighters (just in time for Valentine’s Day!), and and it will be available digitally worldwide – woo hoo!!
Lovers & Fighters includes five songs – four brand new ones, and one of my favorites from my latest album, called “Sweeter”. I can’t wait for you to hear them all!!
Speaking of “Sweeter”, I recently shot a live acoustic video of the song while I was in Florida – we filmed it in an old ice factory where they make and chop GIANT blocks of ice. It was a very cool (err …cold! huh huh) experience and the video came out really great – check it out here or click the image below.
In other news, I’ve got some live shows coming up. Check out my tour page for more deets.
That’s it for now – Hope you like the new EP – it was really fun recording these songs and I’m so happy they’re seeing the light of day!!
Party on Wayne,