Mesa Jane

FRESH: ‘We Are One’ – Mesa Jane and Kuf Knotz

Mesa Jane and Kuf Knotz proclaim “We Are One”.

by Christopher Smith

“We Are One” was co-written by Mesa Jane, Tim Sonnefeld, and Kuf Knotz with the vision of promoting unity and addressing discrimination of all forms. It was produced by Tim Sonnefeld and recorded in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The video was created by up and coming artist Quinton Butler out of Waxahachie, TX.

Singer-songwriter Mesa Jane made positive waves in the local music scene with the release of her debut album “Spandex Heart”, in late 2012. She was chosen to perform at a Philadelphia Folk Festival showcase and received bi-coastal radio play in 2013. She followed up with the release of her sophomore album “Level” in November 2014, which has been described as St. Vincent meets St. Etienne or Alternative Vibe Pop.

In honor of the release, she commenced a nationwide record store tour. After the tour, Mesa was chosen to play several festivals in 2014 and 2015 including two showcases during SXSW, Indie Week Toronto, the Mid Atlantic Music Festival, Millennium Music Showcase, and Pancakes and Booze – Philadelphia. The album received national and internation radio play and the single “Haunt You” received placements on an app and several compilation albums.

In August 2016, Mesa released a 4-track EP titled “This Is How The Meek Riot”. It has been called “socially-conscious” and “perfect music for an election year and times of civil and political unrest”. Mesa made her own videos for all the tracks and the song “Waking Up To The Sound Of A Machine” was nominated for an Independent Music Award in November 2016. In 2018, Mesa released her first Christmas song that was included on a charity CD released by 93.7 WSTW. Currently Mesa Jane is writing, co-writing, and recording music for film and television in addition to her own songs.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!