It is hard to find anything in the music industry, as of late, with any type of substance or real talent behind it outside of the sugar gum pop that is dominating the airwaves today. It takes a special artist to really get our attention in the best way possible, that possesses the voice, looks, and overall charisma to really put themselves in the forefront of our minds and making us hit repeat over and over again on that one or two particular songs we love of them. That can be said about the incredibly talented and one of the bright new stars of this generation, Miesa.
Born to a Haitian mother and a Filipino father, the 24-year-old is one of “tomorrow’s biggest names,” according to TIDAL (here), which describes her as an “eclectic sponge” who draws inspiration from calypso, funk and soul. With the mix of all of those finding its way back to the top of the charts with artists like Adele, Andra Day and more, Miesa seems to be in a situation of “right time, right place” with what is going on in the industry right now. With blazing hot songs like “Blame My Ex” and “Antidote” out already for the general public to divulge and enjoy, she has even better news to keep her name on the google searches and beyond in 2016 with a new video premiering today called “Too Bad For You”, which you can watch here. I was able to catch up with this star on the rise on how she got into the industry, her biggest influences, what she thinks of women in the music biz in 2016 and her hopeful future. Take a look.
What inspired you to get into the music industry in the first place?
I have always wanted to sing and the business comes along with that. Being able to inspire other artists coming up will be my way paying forward.
Growing up, we all have people that we look up to that helps us get to the place we are now. Who did you look up to in music and your personal life?
The list can go on and on. I wouldn’t say that I have just one artist that I’ve looked up to in music and my personal life, I have a few. The two greatest influences on my music would have to be Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Their music is timeless. Above all, my musical influence has always been my father.
How would you describe your type of music?
My voice is a blend of pop and R&B.
I’m a huge fan of your songs “Blame My Ex” and “Nope (Can’t Let Go)”, do you have a favorite song you have done and why? “Blame My Ex” is one of my favorite songs. Since the first time I remember singing it, I felt as if I was singing the lyrics of my life. The events that were going on in my personal life at the time. I know I’m not the only one who has gone through a bad relationship before, so when I sing this song I hope others are connected.
Is there anyone right now you are dying to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Babyface. He is so talented and I’ve been a fan of his music for a long time now. I would feel so blessed to get the chance to work with him.
What is your take on women in the industry, do you think women get the respect they deserve today in 2016?
I think that it depends on the artist. Personally, I’ve worked hard to get where I am and am gaining respect where it’s due not because I asked for it but because the music always comes first to me. If music is not a priority and it’s more about the fame for an artist, that’s where they can lose respect. I believe that women have come a long way in the music industry through hard work, focus and dedication.
Tell me about your debut album that you are working on. What can your fans expect?
My fans are going to get a closer look at who I really am not only as an artist but as a person. The experiences that I’ve been through when it comes to love, heartbreak and relationships are not very different than anyone else’s out there. This album is real and it’s relatable.
What is your biggest dream that you would like to accomplish?
Tour Tour Tour! I’m currently in the midst of a national tour with Kimpton and it’s amazing to be able to connect with so many different people from coast to coast. My dream is to perform for people all over the world, to share my experiences on a much larger scale.
For more info on Miesa, check out her official pages: