Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a
frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic
immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving,
yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case
and Emmylou Harris.
“My songs are like
the actions that I can’t really take.”
So says Mieka Pauley, a
refreshingly candid artist whose vagabond background infuses her music.
Pauley’s career pursuits have helped
her win prestigious competitions like Cosmopolitan’s
Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year, the Starbucks Songwriter Competition and the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. She’s shared
stages with household names like Natasha
Bedingfield, KT Tunstall,
John Legend, Edwin McCain, Ben Kweller, Jason Mraz,
Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas and Citizen Cope while earning herself
slots at must-see music events (Newport
Folk Festival, South by
Southwest, CMJ) and
high-profile gigs like singing the national
anthem at Red Sox games. She’s also been featured on BBC London Radio, PRI’s “Mountain Stage” and the music
session blog Daytrotter.