Meiko's songs find common ground between indie pop an coffeehouse folk, with her distinctive alto vocals sharing the spotlight with acoustic guitars and intimate arrangements. A longtime songwriter, Meiko was raised in the small town of Roberta, GA, where she discovered her love for public performance after singing at a Southern Baptist church. She then took up the guitar, playing her father's Gibson before receiving her own instrument as a birthday present. At the age of 18, Meiko left home for greener pastures, eventually resettling in Los Angeles and scheduling recurring performances at the Hotel Café, a popular haven for L.A.-based singer/songwriters. A self-titled album appeared in September 2007, followed by several song placements in such high-profile TV shows as Grey's Anatomy. Meiko found herself receiving a considerable amount of attention for an independent artist; her album shot to the top of iTunes' folk music charts, while peaking at number 35 on the iTunes Hot 100. Boosted by her Internet popularity, Meiko signed a contract with MySpace Records/DGC in June 2008; a re-release of her debut album followed in September.