Fiona Mesha is a Billboard charting artist and songwriter originally from Detroit Michigan. At the age of 5 she was the youngest soloist to ever perform with The University of lowa's Gospel Choir. Since then, she has gone on to captivate audiences of tens of thousands.
While in high school, Fiona sang lead for the girl group Charm. The group headlined for the Pepsi Project Next Bash Tour and their song "With Me" was spun on multiple stations such as 97.9 WJLB, in the Greater Detroit area until Fiona went solo years later.
As an independent artist, Fiona Mesha has opened up for Grammy award winning artist Ceelo Green and Empire signee Big Boogie. She has over half a million streams across all platforms combined, has sync placements in movies on Amazon Prime and BET and has been on the ballot for the Grammys twice. She continues to create soulful thought-provoking records and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the world of music while maintaining her integrity and authenticity.
Her single "Feelin It" climbed up to #14 on the Billboard Gospel charts in 2021. We chat with Fiona about her latest projects and what we can expect from her in 2024.
Boss XL Mag - Tell us about your new album and the inspiration behind it?
Fiona Mesha - The songs I'm releasing from my album are inspired by some of the things I went through during this last season of my life. I dealt with a lot of insecurities about myself and the desire to please others even if it wasn't pleasing me. The music I've created is breakthrough music. I wanted God to be in everything that I did even if I lacked the confidence to do it, so I created super fun songs that I felt everyone could relate to. Music that you could bump to even during the low points of your life.
Boss XL Mag - Who are some of your musical idols?
Fiona Mesha - I don't have any musical idols, but a few of the people that musically inspired me growing up were Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston. Nowadays, I enjoy listening to a lot of independent artists. A few of my favorite mainstream artists are Kehlani, Gawvi, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Wande. To be honest, I should probably listen to more artists consistently, but I tend to dabble in and out of the trends of music to stay relevant. I'm more of a playlist kind of person, I prefer to shuffle through songs before shuffling through artists.
Boss XL Mag - How did you get started in singing, and what where some challenges?
Fiona Mesha - I started singing at five years old. My mother and father were singers, so it was only natural for me to have some pipes. Everything I've done since then has revolved around singing. Every school I've attended was apart of the vocal music program. I play instruments too!
I think the biggest challenge for me yet has been to prove that I not only have the talent but to show the countless people that believe in me that I will succeed in making it as a mainstream artist. I have my own unique style and sound that doesn't blend with the industry's standards. I don't want to be boxed in or compared to anyone else, because there isn't anyone like me. I want to sing soulful songs about love and life experiences that may be a testament for someone who is experiencing the same thing.
Boss XL Mag - What are some of your plans for 2024 and beyond?
Fiona Mesha - In 2024 I'm looking forward to making some power moves. I'm going to be a part of a soundtrack for the BET film, "Georgia Peach", that is directed by Jasmine Burke. Shout outs to songwriter Sean Penn for including me! I also have a new record dropping in January titled "Will You". I believe that I have a calling over my life to do some incredible things in music that haven't been done before, so my goal is to be an example of how God can take a person from a valley to a mountain.
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