I stumbled across Meroe’s YouTube channel one day and was immediately mesmerized by the purity of her voice. When you come across talent like this….you just have to share. I was so happy to be able to catch up with this beauty and find out more about her craft.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in music?
A: I am a classically trained Soprano from Accokeek, MD. I sang as a child, but because of stage fright I stopped singing. It wasn’t until my second year of college at Tuskegee University that I heard the choir perform and was immediately interested in joining. I hadn’t sung in years, but I still had a fairly strong voice, so my choir director asked me to audition for a solo. I was granted the solo, but it took many performances of that piece before my stage fright developed into fun. After this I began taking voice lessons with my choir director and singing more solos. I realized that singing in choirs after college wouldn’t be enough for me. I was so in love with singing that I knew I needed to pursue it after graduation. My final year at Tuskegee University I auditioned for four music schools, and ended up attending Louisiana State University. It took three years for me to finish what was now my second bachelor’s degree, and during this time I performed in the university operas, with the local opera company, and with a summer opera program in New York City. Currently I am about to enter my second year of my Masters of Music in Opera at Binghamton University in New York. I am also a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, and I will be performing the role of Gilda in the opera Rigoletto this October.
Q: Do you dabble in other genres?
A: I have a recital coming up this weekend (July 27th) in which I will only do a few classical pieces, and the rest will be spirituals. I am finding that I have to cater the audience I am performing for. I will perform some things they are familiar with, and also expose them to some music they may not have heard before.
Q: Do you have any words of advice for other aspiring black female singers particularly going into a genre we are not typically recognized for?
A: My advice for other young black females entering the classical music field is to GO FOR IT! You will have to be very organized when it comes to managing your time and your money to succeed in this genre but it is so rewarding! Think positive thoughts to yourself daily, because it is very easy to get caught up in the things you are doing wrong instead of the things you are already doing right! Finally, ENJOY THE JOURNEY! We all have goals in life and in our careers, but the journey to your goal is very important. Enjoy each small milestone along the way.
Ms. Adeeb can be seen this Fall performing the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto this October 2014 with Tri-Cities Opera. For more info visit www.meroesings.com or follow her on Facebook at MeroeSings. #SupportaSista