Mirka

Mirka

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Mirka is a versatile artist who entices her audiences with her original repertoire, energetic performances and incredible voice! Supported by an amazing six-piece band, she engages her listeners with inspirational and uplifting messages.

Biography

MIRKA
With the release of her sixth album Where I Belong, Mirka believes it is more than just a title; it’s destiny! The room lights up as she shows her excitement in her characteristic vibrant way. “As a little girl, I used to dream about living and performing in the United States. Being from Pretoria, South Africa, my signature sound was born out of a unique cultural upbringing and musical influences. Where I Belong is an accurate statement and sound of who I am today,” she says.

Signed with EMI while residing in South Africa, Mirka released a bilingual Country album entitled Eden. It was very clear that this hard working musician, with her dedication and amazing work ethic, was destined to make her way to music city, Nashville, especially after being awarded Best Bilingual Country-Rock Album of the Year!

With Where I Belong, brilliantly produced by Grammy nominee Kent Wells, Mirka is showcasing her talents yet again. Where I Belong is a collection of country/pop songs reflecting on relationships, commitment, honesty, hope and love. It’s an extraordinary volume of works that uplift and inspire the listener to a higher sense of purpose and meaning. Mirka’s unique style, powerful voice and writing talent as well as her outgoing personality portray who she is as an artist and person.

Watching this Entertainer strum her guitar to the beat of her original song Beautiful People, captures the passion Mirka feels for people from all walks of life. She is one who appreciates the diversities and cultures of the world.

Love Still Can, a powerful song co-written with Marty Brown, reminds the listener that love can move a mountain, heal a heart and put together what’s torn apart. Mirka inspires you through her message and it’s in her personality where it all originates.

It’s easy to relate to Mirka’s ballad World of Strangers, about life’s injustices and how we can choose to forgive and rise above our circumstances. It clearly shows the artist’s positive outlook on life.

The song Everybody Needs Somebody, was inspired by Mirka’s involvement in life-changing projects in the township of Mamelodi, a poverty-stricken area on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa; Musical Mirka in Mamelodi where she introduced and taught under privileged children the art of music and the project Christmas in Mamelodi, Africa, a CD she recorded with six AIDS orphaned children. Her gentle and intriguing approach to people, but especially children, immediately draws one closer to her. Mirka’s contributions of time, talent and love have influenced their lives for the better and were one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. “You cannot always change their situation, but you can give the children a vision of a better future and hopefully open their eyes to a world of possibilities.”

The bonus track Colors of Africa, a glimpse into Mirka’s heritage, shines the light on the positive side of the African nation and expresses the deep love she has for her country and its people.

The lyrics “it might be tomorrow or it might be today, that love’s gonna come my way”, in the ballad You Never Know, encourages those who are still longing for true love. “I’ve waited many years for the love of my life, not knowing where or who he was. I thought he was a million miles away, but he was actually right next door.” You can feel the emotion as she open-heartedly share the tender moment when she married her lifelong friend.

“Music is my faithful companion and my voice when words escape me. I had a stereo and headphones as a child and I used to listen to the Top 20 looking for answers, motivation and comfort in music.” As the lyrics of One Song, which I wrote with Sarah Majors expresses, “It’s always been a part of me and I am here to sing!”

The Singer’s contentment is expressed in Simple Things. “I enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life. Sometimes we tend to focus too much on our goals for the future or our mistakes of the past. I would like to encourage people to enjoy and appreciate every moment.”

Lyrics

Where I Belong

Written By: Mirka Snellenburg

After I said all I wanted to
I wish I could take it back
I am a fool when it comes to you
I’m learning the ways of truth
And it’s hard on me it’s
Showing what love’s meant to be

I’M RUNNING BACK INTO YOUR ARMS
THE ONLY ARMS WHERE I BELONG
I’M COMING BACK TO YOU MY LOVE
THE ONE AND ONLY LOVE I HAVE
I DIDN’T MEAN TO DO YOU WRONG, OH NO
TAKE ME BACK, PLEASE HOLD ME CLOSE
IN THE ARMS WHERE I BELONG

I’ll try to express how I really feel
I hope that you’ll understand
I am a girl with an attitude
At times it don’t serve me well
When I fight with you I’m
Trying to make you hurt like I do

Please forgive me, let’s leave the past behind
I know it’s not easy, I know it takes time
But I’ve made up my mind

World Of Strangers

Written By: Mirka Snellenburg/Sarah Majors

If I could talk to you today
I think I know what you would say
You’re still believing that your reasons
Are justified

There’s a past we can’t erase
But if I saw you face to face
I would say I forgive you
And I wouldn’t lie
No, I wouldn’t lie

WE’RE A WORLD FULL OF STRANGERS
IN A WORLD FULL OF DANGER
CRYING OUT, TRYING TO SURVIVE
YOU WEREN’T A STRANGER
BUT YOU WERE A DANGER
PLAYING ME AND MAKING ME A FOOL
WHEN I MADE A STAND I WAS STANDING ON MY OWN
WHEN I CRIED I WAS CRYING ALL ALONE
I’M NOT ALONE ANYMORE

I think our story sounds the same
All love goes wrong, no one’s to blame
We are all deceivers
With things to hide

Let me give you something you need
It’s more than doing some good deed
This is deeper than you realize
We’re all victimized

Beautiful People

Written By: Mirka Snellenburg

I see you every day on the corner of West End and Broadway
You drink a Starbucks coffee and smile when I say: have a nice day
We simply pass each other
Do we look at another?
It’s sad how busy life becomes
Sometimes we don’t even realize
Pain is seen in our eyes
It’s not the way it should be

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ON THE STREET
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE FEEL THE BEAT
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, COME WITH ME
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, THAT’S YOU AND ME
LALALA

I see you every day when school is out and you’re going your own way
You don’t have a friend, you feel alone and don’t have a lot to say
I know you trying to be tough
That road can really be rough
You’ll be lonely all the way
Somehow we make it work out
That’s what we think it’s about
It’s not the way it should be

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ON THE STREET
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE FEEL THE BEAT
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, COME WITH ME
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, THAT’S YOU AND ME
LALALA

Bridge:
All of us are beautiful
All the colors and the cultures of the world
Come together young and old
We can make it work
Oh break down those walls

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ON THE STREET
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE UNDERNEATH
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE CAN YOU SEE
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ON THE STREET
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE SING WITH ME
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE FREE TO BE
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
THAT’S YOU AND ME
YOU AND ME

Colors Of Africa

Written By: Mirka Snellenburg

She lays in the Southern part
A crown full of shining stars
Her feet is a dusty road
Bring her sons and daughters home

At night she don’t fall asleep
Hear all the mothers weep
Crying out for the broken hearts
Let the blind see with new eyes

THE COLORS OF AFRICA, IS A RAINBOW IN THE SKY
THE COLORS OF AFRICA, IS AN EAGLE IN IT’S FLIGHT
THE COLORS OF AFRICA, IS THE LIONS ROAR
THE WAY WE DANCED WHEN WE STOPPED THE WAR
AFRICA, YOU’RE A LIGHT

Her wind is a warm embrace
She blows in the land of grace
Let the fathers turn their hearts
To the children lost and found

After fire, the healing rain
Wash away all the deepest pain
Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrica
We’ve made the change
We’ve come this far

Everybody Needs Somebody

Written By: Mirka Snellenburg

Looking from my first floor room
I see you walking away
You’re trying to be strong
But I know all your ways
Those unspoken words
Every time you pray

I know I’m not the one
Who has it all figured out
I know I’m just like you
Try to live it out loud
Do you feel alone
When the lights go out

EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY
EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEONE TO HOLD
EVERYBODY NEEDS A FATHER
TO GUIDE US THROUGH THIS LIFE
TO KEEP US STRONG
TO SHOW US WHAT WE’VE GOT
TEACH US WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
SHOW US WHAT WE’RE NOT
HELP US TO BE WISE AND FREE

Talking with you on the phone
I hear the pain in your voice
I’m just a simple girl
But you can take my advice
If you listen with your heart
You’ll find this love

CHORUS

EVERYBODY HAS SOMEBODY
EVERYBODY HAS SOMEONE TO HOLD
EVERYBODY HAS A FATHER
TO KEEP US THROUGH THE NIGHT
TO KEEP US WARM
TO SHOW US WHAT WE NEED
TO TEACH US WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
TO MEND A BROKEN HEART
MAKE IT O.K
MAKE IT ALRIGHT

Discography

Where I Belong - Latest Album
Still Standing - Previous International Release

Set List

1. Where I Belong
2. Simple Things
3. World Of Strangers
4. Colors Of Africa
5. You Never Know
6. One Song