Meiko’s songs find common ground between indie pop and coffeehouse folk, with her distinctive alto vocals sharing the spotlight alongside acoustic guitars, pianos, and unique arrangements. A longtime songwriter, Meiko was raised in the small town of Roberta, Georgia, where she discovered her love for public performance after singing at a Southern Baptist church. She then took up the guitar, playing her father’s Gibson before receiving her own instrument as a birthday present.
At the age of 18, Meiko left home for greener pastures, eventually resettling in Los Angeles and scheduling recurring performances at the Hotel Café, a popular haven for L.A.-based singer/songwriters. Meiko’s self-titled album appeared in September 2007. Eventually every track on the album would find song placement in such high-profile TV shows as “Grey’s Anatomy”. She soon found herself receiving a considerable amount of attention on the digital folk music charts.
Boosted by her Internet popularity, Meiko signed a contract with MySpace Records/DGC in June 2008, and a re-release of her endearing debut album followed in September. Amid a campaign of Internet videos and promotion, the follow-up album The Bright Side arrived in May of 2012, and spawned a #1 single in Japan (“Stuck On You”).
In 2014, Meiko unveiled a moodier, bass-heavy sound with her third full-length album, the Jimmy Messer-produced Dear You on Concord/Fantasy Records. The Fantasy-issued Lovers & Fighters EP from early 2015 was followed in October of that year by a self-released EP, Live Songs from the Hotel Cafe, which featured live renditions of several fan favorites as well as a new song called “Perfect Fit.”
Finding further success without a label, Meiko issued her fourth LP, Moving Day, in the summer of 2016, reaching number nine on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart while also cracking the Top 200.
2018 saw the release of the “Back In The Game” single, produced by Wally Gagel (Best Coast, Family Of The Year) and selected as “Today’s Top Tune” by tastemaker L.A. radio station KCRW. In May of 2018, Meiko released a new album called Playing Favorites through the independent label Chesky Records. Recorded live in an abandoned church in Brooklyn, Playing Favorites features covers of songs Meiko grew up listening to, by artists as varied as Sade, Blind Melon, Duran Duran, and Otis Redding.