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Meiko

Meiko during her Hotel Cafe Tour performance at the Doug Fir in Portland, Oregon, USA
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Adult alternative, indie pop, folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments singing, guitar
Labels Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC
Website Official site
MySpace page

Meiko (pronounced May-ko), (born on February 25, 1982) is an American singer/songwriter, born and raised in Roberta, Georgia and currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She independently released a self-titled album on September 1, 2007. Several tracks have been featured in primetime TV shows.

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Biography

Early life

Raised by her father in the small town of Roberta, Georgia, Meiko first stepped in front of an audience at the age of eight, singing “White Christmas” for parishioners of a Southern Baptist church. In the years that followed she performed everywhere from talent shows to Little League baseball parks. When she wasn't performing, she was practicing - spending countless hours singing into the family's clothes dryer. "Great acoustics," she insists. She soon developed an interest in writing songs and enlisted the help of her dad, who taught her how to play guitar on his old Gibson six-string. When she was thirteen, he bought her one of her own. A flood of songs followed. "As soon as I learned a new chord," she says, "I wrote a new song."

Music career

At eighteen, Meiko left her hometown to showcase her talents to a wider audience. After a brief stop in Miami, she set down in Los Angeles and began her career in earnest, playing venues all over Southern California and writing at a prolific pace. She performed at Hollywood's Hotel Café (where she still performs regularly).

In early 2007, Meiko performed at the Sundance Film Festival and caught the ear of Paste Magazine editor Josh Jackson, who declared her a "big success story" waiting to happen, predicting it was "only a matter of time" before she found her way onto Nic Harcourt's influential “Morning Becomes Eclectic” radio program on KCRW.[1]

In September 2007, she toured nationally with Brett Dennen and in October, toured the U.S. as the opener for Mat Kearney.[2]

In 2008, Meiko performed at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and participated in the nationwide Hotel Café Tour, which also included Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers, and Sara Bareilles.

In June 2008 Meiko signed a recording deal with MySpace Records/DGC, who released her album in partnership with Lucky Ear Music (Meiko's own indie label). The Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC release has been remixed, remastered and includes re-recorded versions and a new track, "Boys with Girlfriends". The digital album re-release was August 5, 2008.

Also in August, she played four dates (three in Southern California) with Joe Purdy, Chris Seefried and Jay Nash.[3] In the fall of 2008, Meiko joined another Hotel Cafe Tour - this time around the trek featured an all-female lineup. Meiko was the only artist performing all dates of the tour.[citation needed] From February–March 2009, Meiko performed on a string of U.S. dates in support of Joshua Radin.[citation needed] In May 2009, she embarked on her first-ever headlining U.S. tour.[4] In June 2009, Meiko hit the road with Eric Hutchinson,[5] and in July 2009, she performed a string of shows in the UK.[citation needed] In October and November 2009 Meiko toured the U.S. with Jewel.[6]

Meiko's album was digitally released in Australia on October 9, 2009 and reached #2 on the iTunes Australia Singer-Songwriter Albums chart. The album was physically released October 23, 2009.[citation needed]

Origins of name

Meiko is one-quarter Japanese, on her maternal grandmother's side; in an attempt to get in touch with their Japanese heritage, she and her sister, designer Kelly Nishimoto, adopted the nicknames Meiko and Keiko.

Discography

Albums

Singles

  • "X-Mas Song" (2007, self-released)
  • "Boys with Girlfriends" (2008, Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC)
  • "Under My Bed" (2009, Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC)
  • "All of Me" (2009, Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC)

Guest appearances

Compilation appearances

  • Penelope soundtrack (2008, Lakeshore) (song: "Piano Song")
  • Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs (2008, Sony), (song: "Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song)")

Music videos

  • "Boys with Girlfriends"
  • "Under My Bed"

Television performances

Television song appearances

References

  1. ^ http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/ctrl-v/2007/01/
  2. ^ Gibson, Donald (2009) "An Interview with Meiko", Blogcritics, 19 May 2009, retrieved 4 October 2009
  3. ^ http://www.la-story.com/alt_music/jay_nash_friends_wrap_the_summer_tour_in_la--_limi/
  4. ^ http://www.livedaily.com/news/18642.html
  5. ^ http://thedeadhub.com/?s=Meiko
  6. ^ http://thedeadhub.com/meiko-announces-tour-dates-w-jewel/
  7. ^ Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart Listing For The Week Of Okt 20 2007
  8. ^ Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart Listing For The Week Of Aug 4 2008
  9. ^ http://www.bonniehunt.com/promos/2008/09/07/
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289040/
  11. ^ http://popdirt.com/meiko-heads-to-alabama/69497/
  12. ^ http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/about_us/Georgia_Native_Meiko_Performs_Boys_with_Girlfriends
  13. ^ http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/video/clips/backstage-with-meiko/890821/
  14. ^ http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/wgn-photo-168048,0,7792975.photo
  15. ^ http://weblogs.wpix.com/news/local/morningnews/blogs/2009/07/meiko.html
  16. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/greysanatomy/season04.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  17. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/greysanatomy/season04.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  18. ^ http://moonlightfans.com/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=38&func=view&id=14782&catid=5&limit=19&limitstart=0
  19. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/kylexy/season02.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  20. ^ http://thecleaner.info/2008/11/the-cleaner-episodemusic-season-one/
  21. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/onetreehill/season06.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  22. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/thehills/season04.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  23. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/privileged.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  24. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/greysanatomy/season05.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  25. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/onetreehill/season06.html
  26. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/90210/season01.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  27. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/kylexy/season03.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  28. ^ http://www.tvshowmusic.com/shows/kylexy/season03.html?searched=Meiko&advsearch=oneword&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1
  29. ^ http://heardontv.com/tvshow/Ghost+Whisperer/Season+4/Thrilled+To+Death
  30. ^ http://community.abcfamily.go.com/blogs/my-fake-fianc%C3%A9/listen-meikos-cant-hurry-love

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