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“I can tell you, as God as my witness, I have never heard a guitar vocal demo that was as impressive . . .ever. I was totally into the songs. I was totally into the voices. I was totally into the magic of the sound. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a record right now. Right now, that sound is ready for a comeback. I think 2004 will be the year of the woman again, and I think Meridian’s going to be a big part of that sound.” “Can someone explain why these girls don’t have a deal?”

- Music Historian/Critic


"Meridian is a duo of two individually talented girls whose combined singing style and extremely melodic songs bring a new 'sound' to Country/AAA/Americana music . . . not to be taken lightly"
- Carl Strube Consulting


“What literally comes to mind is ‘wow’!
- BMG Network


“Every once in a while, you wish that you could think of a new word to describe an extraordinary, talented duet like Meridian. They have the most amazing style and harmonies that I’ve ever heard. There is nothing like them out there right now…and they are gorgeous! What a knockout combination!”
- St. Regis International Ltd.


-"Simple and pure, with harmonies that would make you swear they're sisters. Refreshingly uncomplicated and unmistakably country."
- Diane Richey Promotions


“Great female demographic on Meridian’s “Train Without A Whistle.” The Girls really put their hearts into this song, we love it in the Dakotas!!!”
- "Classic Country" KSJB North Dakota


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Still working on that hot first release.

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1. Meridian, Archaic
a. The highest point in the sky reached by the sun or another celestial body; a zenith.
2. Meridian, Mississippi
b. Birthplace of the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers
Meridian plans to live up to their name quite literally. They have every intention of reaching the pinnacle and they plan on doing that by taking country music back to where it belongs, its birthplace. The women of Meridian, MC Potts and Lona Heins, are “those girls.” You know the girls in high school you watched from afar with darting jealous eyes wanting to slap them because they were so talented, gorgeous, and passionate. They are those same girls that when you got to know them, loved them because they were so goofy and oblivious to their attributes. Both MC and Lona have combined their extensive musical backgrounds along with their life experience to fill the need for an alternative-female country duo that are going to put the boys to shame.
The duo’s braided vocals bring traditional, poignant storytelling back to the country/bluegrass genre. Both took Robert Frost’s advice traversing the road less taken and for them, it truly has made all the difference. Recently, their lives paralleled, finding one another in Nashville where they made an instant connection, and began melding their wealth of life experience into a folky, enigmatic duo. The music Meridian has created in the short time since the duo’s inception closely resembles that of their diaries: at times personal, contradictory, heart-wrenching, or light hearted . . .MC and Lona lay it all on the line. They give off a naiveté and at other times, an outright cynicism that makes for clever, catchy, and haunting melodies. Meridian spills the contents of their life onto the stage, whether with a wail or a whimper, nothing is censored. They sing of love lost and found along with the scars of regret and they’ve lived enough to actually know what it’s like. Their true duet vocals are delivered with a raw honesty that makes them truly captivating. Meridian’s music spans the range of human emotion and gives the audience something to relate to, embrace, admire, and simply respect.
While Lona and MC are new to each other, neither is a novice as far as the music industry is concerned. MC, in her former life, has opened for the likes of Diamond Rio, The Doobie Brothers, Patty Loveless, and Lee Ann Womack among many others. She has also paid her country music dues by entertaining fans around the world from Germany to Guam, and from Korea to Kuwait, and all points in between. She has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, The Midnight Jamboree, Prime Time Country, Club Dance, and of course, Fan Fair. As a songwriter, MC has had cuts by Curtis Day (Asylum Records), Sawyer Brown (Curb Records), Chris Cagle’s nearly platinum album (Capital Records) and most recently, Ken Mellons’ new Home Records release. MC is not the only one pulling the weight in this duo, as Lona is a threat in her own right.
A former back up singer for Pam Tillis and a seasoned studio harmony vocalist, Heins’ vocal prowess is featured on Tillis’ latest release, “It’s All Relative” with harmonies provided by Lona, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris and others. Recently, Heins performed for Ralph Stanley Jr., who featured Lona’s harmonies with his legendary father, Ralph Sr.; Dierks Bentley, Kenny Rogers, and Garth Brooks among others. She has also worked with Harlan Howard, Max D Barnes, Walter Egan ("Magnet and Steel”), Jim Rushing, and Carl Jackson of whom she sang on the 2000 Gram Parson’s Tribute album, The Gram Parson’s Notebook, which Jackson produced. Heins’ background and path to Nashville, however, is not the typical Lower Broadway songwriter’s tale. She grew up on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in the small town of McLaughlin boasting barely 1,000 in rural South Dakota. The eighth of nine kids, Heins graduated high school with a class of twenty-eight and memories of cheering for the McLaughlin High’s nine man football team and no semblance of a music program to speak of. “If it hadn’t been for my elementary school teacher, I probably would’ve never discovered I could sing. Though the other kids mocked me, she taught me the vibrato I had naturally was actually a good thing-a unique talent in fact,” Lona says. Cut off from popular culture, Lona embraced an eclectic musical palette that had everything from The Eagles to U2 and Waylon and Willie along with her biggest influence, Gram Parsons. Her ties to country music run deep as she spent her youth on the rural terrain of her father’s ranch. She worked gardening, branding cows, and even butchering chickens. Heins’ biography reads on like a dramatic mini-series but the key twist for Meridian was Lona’s gutsy move to Nashville. “I literally knew no one and had nothing. Everything in my $325/month rat-hole apartment was borrowed,” Heins explains. From that first apartment where the termites ate through the drywall to a career