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Portrait of Asiah Mehok
It might surprise you that Asiah Mehok can’t pick a favorite song off of her new offering, Love and the Carousel, but it shouldn’t. She is, after all, the most reluctant pop-princess you’ve ever met. If it were up to her, you’d be discussing anything but her new album.

What are you to do with a woman who says she would rather grow up to be a “stay at home mommy” than your next pop sensation?

She says quietly, “I had an anxiety attack when my label (Regenerate Music Company) told me they had started a Facebook page for the record. How am I supposed to handle that kind of attention?”

But that’s the beauty of the entire thing. Despite herself, Asiah has managed to create one of 2010’s most engaging, catchy, downright beautiful musical gems. Try as you might, you won’t be getting these songs out of your head any time soon.

Don’t let the humility fool you, though. Asiah has been doing this a long, long time.

Born in Florida, she’s the granddaughter of a jazz singer and the daughter of two musicians. Like so many great artists, she got her first performance experience in church. She began playing drums at 3, and by the age of 8, she was playing blues and classic rock concerts with her father. She plays piano and guitar, but quit lessons as a child. “Lessons confuse me,” she says with a look of mischief in her eyes. “I guess I have to do things my way.”

It’s this trait that serves Love and the Carousel so nicely, because while it’s easy to see the bridges between her and her musical influences, the result is wholly unique.

After moving to Cleveland, Tennessee, she was discovered by Regenerate Music Co. founder, Chris Garmon. Together, the pair locked themselves up with beatmaster Seth Anderson (Appletrees and Tangerines) to begin writing. They emerged a year later, with music that feels collaborative and free.

The result is that on first hearing it, you say loudly, “Oh! I love this song!” before the first chorus even hits.

Sorry. You haven’t heard this song before, but your heart’s been waiting for it for as long as you can remember. Each song represents what you love about music. You simply can’t stop smiling as you listen. You get the sudden urge to dance, right there in your living room. You want to play it for your friends.

And suddenly you realize that you and the quiet girl from Cleveland Tennessee have something in common.

Neither of you can pick a favorite song…
 
 
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