Musicians At Google: Meleni Smith
Meleni Smith was born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her talent was apparent from a very early age when she began singing at the age of six. Brought up by a Jamaican mother, Meleni never knew exactly where she fit in this world, but she knew that the power of her music could help her find out how she fit in it. Her voice is a mixture of raw soul with an intense rasp that can invoke chills throughout even the most experienced listening audience. Her electrifying melodies take you on a ride the moment you press play. Meleni's capability to evoke the profound truth about love, loss, spirituality and just about any topic she chooses brings you in and makes you want to stay. She recently signed a publishing deal with EMI Records, alongside hit producer Salaam Remi (produced Amy Winehouse, Nas) and had the honor of having superstar Alicia Keys sing one of her songs on her latest album, "Element of Freedom" called "Love is My Disease." Meleni Smith recently released her independent album, "My Heart in Focus" in February of 2012 and has received rave reviews. Signed to Columbia Records in 2005, only to not be released, Meleni has seen her fair share of setbacks. However, a voice like Meleni's is not easily silenced. She attracted the attention and acclaim of many notable hit makers in the industry including but not limited to, Babyface, Stargate, Cee-lo, and Toby. Meleni Smith believes that accomplishments and setbacks are equally important pieces to the entire story of an artist's success and development. Asked about the progression of her career and her insistence on creative control and independence she responds with: "This is a marathon, not a race. Just when I don't know what will happen next, a door is opened. I am just grateful to be given a gift that I can share with others." Producer Toby Gad (produces for Beyonce and Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas) exclaims that Meleni is: "a true star, one of the industry's amazing hidden secrets."You can learn more about Meleni Smith on her website: http://www.myheartinfocus.com/or view all her videos on the Meleni Smith Channel on Youtube. Want to be part of Meleni's day-to-day adventures? Follow Meleni Smith on Twitter via: @MELILOVE to learn more about the unstoppable talent of Meleni Smith.