Poetic Soul Sessions Volume II I Featuring Mera Cox
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Founded 10 years ago by Nashville poet Imani Rhema, The Soul Food Poetry Cafe is a live music and spoken word experience featuring some of the most talented artists and vocalists in the community!
Much like everyone one else tucked neatly away into the Neo-Soul category, Mera Cox garners her soulful influences from the early greats of her youth. This 30-something Pisces came up in a time where Diana Ross’ “Upside Down” was gaining mainstream popularity. Who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of R&B’s princess of soul, and pop-and the most sampled female in hip hop?
Born and raised in a forgotten Rust Belt city in Ohio, Mera emulated the vocalists that would later fashion her unique style. Her parent’s shelves were adorned with records form artists like Sade, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Patrice Rushen. There were no “genres” in her house – just feel good soul-stirring music. Raised in Youngstown, there were not many places for an eclectic girl like her, so like many greats before her, she sought solace in church and school choirs. As a young adult she sang anywhere there was an opportunity: open mics, weddings, and birthday parties. If there was a microphone, there she would be. Although she worked for a time as a paid performer, she could often be found singing just for the love of it.
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