Asiah Mehok

Asiah Mehok

 Cleveland, Tennessee, USA
BandPop

You haven’t heard this song before, but your heart’s been waiting for it for as long as you can remember. Each of Asiah Mehok's songs 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.

Biography

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 grins over her coffee cup and 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?”

The attention…

But that’s the beauty of the entire thing, isn’t it? Because 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.

From the dance-inducing beats of “Miss You” to the quiet, reverent, hushed tones of “All The Indecisive Ones”, the album glows with the kind of smart writing and vocal performances that bring to mind the likes of Ingrid Michelson and Lily Allen. All of this is wrapped up in a quiet, pretty girl who says she’d rather not be noticed.

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.” The grin hides behind the coffee cup again, but you know it’s there.

Her own 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 continued singing and performing until being discovered by Regenerate Music Co. founder, Chris Garmon. Together, the pair locked themselves up with their favorite local artists and began writing. They emerged a year later, with music that feels collaborative and free. It manages to pay homage to those who came before her while boldly carving out her own space among her heroes.

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…

Lyrics

All the Indecisive Ones

Written By: Christopher Garmon

(Vs. 1)
And it comes to this,
we tear apart the pieces that used to fit
then, we make excuses for why they didn't
and tell everyone it's for the best.

(Vs. 3)
Now the worst of us
is all that we will let ourselves discuss.
We try to sound convinced that this was a must,
and we'd be better off laying this to rest.

(Pre cho)
Well, frankly, I don't buy it,
but I've lost the strength to fight it.

(Cho)
Oh Boy, freedom is yours so take it,
but it's not what I want... not what I want

(Vs. 3)
Now, the summer's gone,
and, with the leaves, I'm barely hanging on
to a love I thought was perfect all along.
Well, we all know where assuming will get us.

(Pre cho)
All I fought so hard for
smiled and walked out my door

(Cho)
Oh boy, freedom is yours so take it,
but it's not what I want... not what I want.
I promise I will make it, but
it's not what I want... not what I want

(Bridge)
Love's a choice that's wasted on
all the indecisive ones.
Love's a choice that's wasted on
all the uncommitted ones.

(Repeat Cho)

Discography

Love and the Carousel - 2010
Featuring the single "So much"