Mieka Pauley

Mieka Pauley

Highlights

  • Winner of Cosmoplitan's Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year (Out of 800 Contestants
  • Winner of the Starbucks Emerging Artist Competition
  • Opened for Natasha Bedingfield, KT Tunstall, John Legend, The Lumineers, Nellie McKay, Edwin McCain, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas, Shelby Lynne, Citizen Cope

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“Bold, sexy & wicked with just the right touch of irony.” Larry Groce, host, NPR’s Mountainstage

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.

Frequently moving about the country in her formative years, settling down, then uprooting and starting anew: No wonder her messages have a no-time-for-B.S. vibe. While her lyrics are startling, they’re never vindictive. In fact, her confessions invite listeners to admit they share the same inner struggles and desires.

Pauley’s career pursuits have helped her win prestigious competitions like Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year, the Starbucks Emerging Artist 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, Shelby Lynne 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, NPR’s Mountain Stage (twice) and the music session blog Daytrotter.

Not content to wait for label backing, Pauley has self-released all of her work, which includes three other EP’s and two full-length albums. For Science she’s joined forces with PledgeMusic, where her fans proved their demand for more music by donating far more than she requested to fund the project. Having worked with producer Geoff Stanfield (Firehorse, Sun Kil Moon) to create The Science of Making Choices, Pauley feels she’s finally captured in the studio the same rawness she conjures when playing live. “It’s finally like me making that alternative sound while still holding on to what makes my live solo show work. He was able to take that live vibe, that connection, and then put really sweet, respectful production behind it. I really love that Geoff was able to make it happen.”

Last summer Pauley’s song Devil’s Got My Secret was heard in the movie Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, which stars Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen.