R&B Musician MIESA Discusses Her New Music, Biggest Inspirations and More!
Posted On 05 Oct 2016
Meet R&B/Pop singer, Miesa!
She recently released her new single “Sway (I Miss You),” Produced by her long-time collaborators The Chemistri (Kristinia Debarge, Wynter Gordon) and songwriters JacksonCroft (Kelly Rowland, Tamia).
The songstress has already been named a “Rising Star” by Tidal, a “pop contender to watch” by Yahoo! Music, earned praise from BET, who said her music was, “inspiring a new era of R&B” & Huffington Post, who declared that, “her voice could melt butter.”
Miesa is currently working on her debut album set for release in early 2017 via Siri Music Group (Capitol/ Caroline Records). She is the only artist on Caroline’s roster that exudes the sultry, velvet-y vocals in an R&B landscape while also successfully incorporating tinges of pop.
This is Miesa’s first single since the release of her plaintive summer breakup ballad “Too Bad For You,” which Popdust called a “sensational piano stunner.” The song peaked at #11 on Sirius XM’s Top 20 Platinum Countdown list and the video has garnered more than 200,000 views on Facebook Music.
WATCH “Too Bad For You” here: http://bit.ly/2c8g8zr
Learn more about Miesa in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are entering the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for you and your music?
Vibrant, exciting, fulfilling. This year has been amazing, I feel so blessed. Some of the highlights include performing alongside Grammy nominee Andra Day and the legendary Patti Austin at SKYVILLE Live, being chosen as Tidal’s Rising Artist, hearing “Sway” playing on Hot 97 and also, receiving the outpouring of feedback as well as support from my fans especially when “Too Bad For You” is playing in their cars while they’re driving, I love it when they tag me.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Music is a way of life to me. I grew up in a musical household, with my father being a musician and my mother singing in church, we were constantly performing as a family. I really didn’t think of music as a job, because it came so naturally to me. My earliest musical memory takes me back to a young age when I competed in beauty pageants. My father played the guitar as I sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” and I won first place. From then on my musical endeavors only grew.
You recently released your newest single, “Sway (I Miss You).” What was the inspiration for it? How different or similar will this song be to the rest of your forthcoming debut album?
“Sway” is inspired by the emotional struggle you experience when you get out of a loving relationship. The give and take, the love and hate and the desperation you feel when you know in your heart it’s time to let go as the memories pull you back and forth. Everyone experiences the inner struggles that come with letting go. The album is about love and all of the things we experience while we’re in it.
Your music is being referred to as “inspiring a new era of R&B.” What does that feel like?
To hear my music being referred to as inspiring a new era of R&B, makes you feel like you’re on the right path like WOW, it’s a blessing. It’s an indescribable feeling. Sometimes when you’re in the studio you get lost in your creative mind so you don’t always see the impact it’s going to have early on.
What if anything has surprised you about the music industry? What do you think has been your biggest challenge? And what do you think has come really naturally to you?
The music industry doesn’t surprise me, it’s stepping out of my comfort zone that challenges me and helps me continuously grow. While I was used to making music on my own at one point, being signed to a label teaches you the real meaning of the word team. You really have to work hard and stay on point because you’re not alone out there. Aside from singing and performing you have to trust that they’re doing all the other things that need to be done. I strive to be at my best.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sade, The Beatles. In all honesty, there’s too many to name but I can pull from each and every one of them. Lately I have been listening to Tory Lanez and Chris Brown has a mixtape out right now that I love, so does Fabulous, yes I listen to hip hop. One of my favorite Gospel artists right now is Travis Greene. I’m listening to him right now, he’s just so amazing. I’m still dreaming of that Babyface collaboration and of course Kanye West.
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you unwind from it all?
I’m always singing, that’s what I love to do. I’m always singing somewhere, even in church or when I spend time with my family, we’re always around the piano creating. My little brother is a musician as well and heavy into music, we just love music. I just moved to Miami and love to paint, when I get settled I will definitely hang my artwork on the walls.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I want to give people hope through my music. It’s okay to make mistakes, fall in and out of love and go through day to day struggles, that’s part of life and we’re all human. I want to inspire people to hold on through the storm because there is light at the end of the tunnel. Never lose your faith, because the best things in life are worth the fight.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I’m your everyday girl, I experience life as it happens just like everyone else, the only difference is I express myself musically. No matter the type of relationship or struggles you’ve experienced, it’s good to experience the ups and downs, it makes us who we are.