Bio

Meiko (/ˈmiːkoʊ/) is an American singer/songwriter, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She independently released a self-titled album on September 1, 2007. All of the tracks from the LP have been featured in major network TV shows. Her second full-length, titled The Bright Side, was released through Fantasy Records on May 15, 2012, and a single from the album, "Stuck On You", reached #1 on the combined Japanese AirPlay Chart and #1 on the International Chart in Japan. 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 was not performing, she was practicing - spending countless hours singing into the family's clothes dryer. "Great acoustics," she insisted. She soon developed an interest in writing songs and enlisted the help of her dad, who taught her how to play guitar on his Gibson six-string. When she was thirteen, he bought her a guitar 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 moved to Los Angeles and began her career, playing venues all over Southern California and writing at a prolific pace. She performed (and bartended) 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. In September 2007, she toured nationally with Brett Dennen and in October, toured the U.S. as the opener for Mat Kearney. 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 toured the U.S. (three dates in Southern California) with Joe Purdy, Chris Seefried and Jay Nash. 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. From February-March 2009, Meiko performed on a string of U.S. dates in support of Joshua Radin. In May 2009, she embarked on her first-ever headlining U.S. tour. In June 2009, Meiko hit the road with Eric Hutchinson, and in July 2009, she performed a string of shows in the UK before playing in the United States territory of Guam. In October and November 2009 Meiko toured the U.S. with Jewel. 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. After spending most of the first half of 2010 writing new material, Meiko entered a Los Angeles recording studio in September 2010 with producers Styrofoam (Jimmy Eat World, Postal Service, Of Montreal) and Jimmy Messer (Kelly Clarkson, Neon Trees) to begin recording songs for her second album. She signed a new recording contract with Fantasy Records/Concord Records in late 2011, with her second album titled The Bright Side released on May 15, 2012. Meiko released her third full-length album, titled Dear You, on October 14, 2014, through Fantasy Records/Concord Records. Remixes of "Be Mine", the first single from the album, reached #25 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. 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. While those names are pronounced "May-ee-ko" and "Kay-ee-ko" in Japan, she and her sister pronounced them "MEE-ko" and "KEE-ko". They didn't learn of the mispronunciation for some time; and "didn't have the heart to change" the spelling after. Instruments: Meiko has played a Gibson 1951 J-50 and has played many live shows with her Gibson 1942 LG2 which "doesn't have a pickup." Meiko currently plays a Gibson B-25.

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Meiko: The Bright Side | American Songwriter

If lighter than air indie pop fluff is a guilty pleasure, then Meiko is like nibbling on a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Her breathy voice, synth percussion and quirky qualities (some tracks are demos that made the final cut) give these peppy songs a homey and often bedroom recorded feel that is as endearing as Meiko's girl-next-door approach... Read More »

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"Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Indonesia" Successfully Wrapped Up

event, organized by Crypton Future Media, Inc. and produced by SOZO and Marygops Studio, was divided into two main attractions: exhibition and concert. In the exhibition area, visitors could find various Vocaloid-related galleries, merchandise booths, wall of fame, even life-size statues of Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloids such as <span>Meiko</span> and Kaito . Meanwhile, the concert was held three times, one on the first day and the rest on the second. Hiroyuki Itou from Crypton Future Media, Inc. said that they scheduled three shows to give chance for fans with not much free time to attend. The concert itself ... 1. Miku - Senbonzakura 2. Miku - Kocchi Muite Baby 3. Miku - Marginal 4. Miku - Koiiro Byoutou 5. Miku & Rin - Colorful Melody 6. Len - Fire Flower 7. Len - Migikata no Chou 8. Rin - Melancholic 9. Rin - Kokoro 10. Miku - Torinoko City 11. Miku - Musunde Hiraite Rasetsu to Mukuro 12. Miku - Romeo & Cinderella 13. <span>Meiko</span> - Piano x Forte x Scandal 14. Kaito - Pane Dhiria 15. Kaito - Thousand Year Solo 16. Miku - PoPiPo 17. Miku - Shiroyuki no Princess wa 18. Miku - Venus di ujung jari 19. Luka - Double Lariat 20. Luka - Luka Luka Night Fever 21. Miku - Himitsu Keisatsu 22. Miku - Yellow 23. Miku - Hatsune Miku no Gekishou 24. Miku Read More »

Digital Noise Academy's New Album Synemy is Available Now

touring drummer who was a member of Latin Grammy nominated band, Volumen Cero. Over the years he has recorded and toured with many artists, including Pete Yorn, Rachael Yamagata, Chris Cornell, Lenka, Ingrid Michaelson, Christina Perri, Ben Jelen, Paloalto, Kate Havnevik, Luis Fonsi, Erin McCarley, JD Natasha, <span>Meiko</span>, Nil Lara. Jordan Zadorozny is the creative force behind the band Blinker the Star. He is also a producer/engineer, having worked on projects by Sam Roberts, Melissa Auf Der Mar, MaDM, and Ken Andrews. Check out the music video for "Melting Inside" and the album tracklisting below: Read More »

AKB48, Carly Rae Jepsen Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards | Billboard

Billboard Japan Music Awards were presented by Daiwa House. On the International front, Jepsen and Owl City's "Good Time" earned a pair of awards, including Hot Top Airplay, while Norah Jones won Jazz Artist of the Year and Adult Contemporary Airplay, for "Happy Pills." The telecast included special performances by Billboard Japan's Overseas Chart topper <span>Meiko</span> as well as BIGMAMA, Junk Fujiyama, Leo Ieiri and Isao Tomita, who topped the Billboard Classical Year-End Charts in 1974. Watch performance highlights below: AKB48, Carly Rae Jepsen Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards | Billboard Read More »

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music with some of the biggest names in country music and are now considered one of the best bands in bluegrass today. More Drunken Prayer's second album Into the Mission Field is an interesting mix of genres. Check out the video for the title track "The Missionfield." More For a Guitar Center podcast, <span>Meiko</span> performed her love song "Stuck on You" and we have the video of it. More This week, Theresa Andersson premiered a live version of the percussive "Injuns" from a concert in Sweden. More The holiday season is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing: a massive amount of new Christmas CDs. Here's Read More »

Video Premiere: Meiko, "Stuck On You" (Live)

Here's a cool video of L.A artist <span>Meiko</span> performing "Stuck on You" for an At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast. Some fun facts about <span>Meiko</span>: before she broke out, she worked as as a waitress at L.A.'s famed songwriter's venue Hotel Café, and she was able to license every song on her 2008 debut album to film and TV shows. "Stuck On You" was the first official love song I'd written," <span>Meiko</span> tells us. "It was at the beginning of being 'googly in love'. When I play it live, I can't help but feel the way I felt when I wrote it. Such a good feeling!" Awww. Hear more songs from the episode and an interview here. Comments Video Premiere: <span>Meiko</span>, "Stuck On You" (Live) Read More »

Aloft Hotels Announce Free Festival Oct. 19-20 in Dallas, Texas

this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at the Aloft Dallas Downtown. The free event showcases on-the-verge artists including acclaimed U.K. singer-songwriter Martin Harley, who just released his U.S. debut titled Mojo Fix, British band The Dunwells, who recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and <span>Meiko</span>. They'll also get support from hometown favorite Johnny Stimson and HITS, the winners of this year's Project Aloft Star talent competition. "Ever since we launched Live at Aloft Hotels, Aloft fans around the world have been telling us how much they appreciate the connection to up-and-coming ... Brian McGuinness, Starwood's Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood said. "This festival is our way of thanking them, and bringing them even closer to some very cool new talent." To reserve your ticket you the festival, RSVP here. Live at Aloft Hotels Performance Schedule: Friday, Oct. 19 8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Kao Ho & Bean 9:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. - Johnny Stimson Saturday, Oct. 20 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. - HITS 8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Martin Harley 10:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. - <span>Meiko</span> 11:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - The Dunwells Aloft Hotels Announce Free Festival Oct. 19-20 in Dallas, Texas Read More »

Meiko takes "The Bright Side" on headlining run

California-based songstress <span>Meiko</span> will take on a national club tour this summer in support of her brand-new album, "The Bright Side." After a one-off festival performance July 5 in Milwaukee, the Georgia-born singer/songwriter will begin the official road trip with a July 27 performance in Tulsa, OK. So far, the headlining run includes 17 club and theater shows spread throughout the country before concluding Aug. 19 in Hermosa Beach, CA. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks, according to a press release. <span>Meiko</span> unveiled her sophomore studio set, "The Bright Side," in mid-May via Fantasy Records. The 11-track album, which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, follows her 2008 eponymous debut. That collection was released via MySpace Records. <span>Meiko</span> takes "The Bright Side" on headlining run Read More »

Meiko: U.S. Tour

<span>MEIKO</span> ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THE BRIGHT SIDE Fresh off a string of high profile appearances and glowing notices for her new electronica-laced folk/pop album The Bright Side (Fantasy/Concord), rising singer-songwriter <span>Meiko</span> has announced her U.S. tour. <span>Meiko</span>'s tour kicks off July 5 at Milwaukee's 45th annual Summerfest, opening for headliner Death Cab For Cutie on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage. Another highlight on the way will be her appearance at the Denver Film Society's "Film On The Rocks" series at Red Rocks in Denver, CO on August 13. Before hitting the road, fans can hear <span>Meiko</span> live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic Tuesday, July 3. The performance will stream live online at 11:15am PST here. <span>Meiko</span> recently appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Watch her enchanting performance of single "Leave The Lights On" here. Check out <span>Meiko</span>'s gorgeous Maker Studios One Take performance of "Good Looking Loser" below.TOUR DATES7/5Milwaukee, WISummerfest7/27Tulsa, OKVanguard7/28Kansas City, MORetro Lounge7/29Little Rock, ARJuanita's Cantina8/1Pittsburgh, PAClub Cafe8/2New York, NYThe Living Room8/3Vienna, VAJammin' Java8/5Ann Arbor, Read More »

Meiko Tour Kick Off and Radio Special This Week

<span>Meiko</span> has a very busy July lined up with live appearances and a special radio appearance today. <span>Meiko</span>'s tour kicks off July 5th at Milwaukee's 45th annual Summerfest, opening for headliner Death Cab For Cutie on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage. Another highlight on the way will be her appearance at the Denver Film Society's "Film On The Rocks" series at Red Rocks in Denver, CO on August 13th. Before hitting the road, fans can hear <span>Meiko</span> live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today, July 3rd. The performance will stream live online at 11:15am PST <span>Meiko</span> will be touring in support of the album, ... Vienna, VA Jammin' Java 8/5 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark 8/7 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room 8/8 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall 8/10 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry 8/11 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre 8/13 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/14 Aspen, CO Belly Up 8/16 Tucson, AZ Club Congress 8/17 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Café 8/18 Palm Desert, CA The Hood 8/19 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke <span>Meiko</span> Tour Dates/Tickets <span>Meiko</span> CDs, DVDs and MP3s <span>Meiko</span> T-shirts and Posters <span>Meiko</span> CDs, vinyl and rarities antiMUSIC News featured on RockNews.info and Yahoo News . ...end .News Reports <span>Meiko</span> Tour Kick Off and Radio Special This Week Read More »

Meiko: The Bright Side

<span>Meiko</span> The Bright Side (Fantasy) Rating: 2.5 out of 5 If lighter than air indie pop fluff is a guilty pleasure, then <span>Meiko</span> is like nibbling on a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Her breathy voice, synth percussion and quirky qualities (some tracks are demos that made the final cut) give these peppy songs a homey and often bedroom recorded feel that is as endearing as <span>Meiko</span>'s girl-next-door approach. Her palette of relationship tunes is stretched too thin over the course of 40 minutes though, with decreasing melodic returns as the album skips into its final third. But like those Toll House treats, it's still a tasty snack. Comments <span>Meiko</span>: The Bright Side Read More »

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