Meernaa’s single "I Believe In You" is out Feb 28.

Meernaa pairs songwriter Carly Bond’s dusky, dexterous vocals with sensual, technically refined compositions that reference neo-soul, classic R&B, and the passionate side of indie-pop, with influences as diverse as Sade, Cate Le Bon, Minnie Riperton, and Talk Talk.

Carly Bond works through themes like addiction and loss through the lens of love. On “I Believe In You”:

“Growing up both my parents were drug addicts. They eventually became sober, but even through their sobriety their mental health was neglected. This song is about how I actively rebelled against that lifestyle and let myself believe that I had a right to have good things in my life.”

Wanting to learn more about music, and unsure of whether she should go to college for music production, she began interning at Tiny Telephone Recording. Bond saved up her tips from her job at a pizza place to afford a day in the studio. She met her future bandmate Rob Shelton that day, his first time engineering a session in that studio.

They began playing in bands together and in 2020 moved to Los Angeles together to open their own studio Altamira Sound.

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Events featuring MEERNAA

Mar 15, 2023
11:00pm — 11:40pm
Presented by
Keeled Scales
Oakland, CA
Neo Soul
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