"How long have you been doing music together?"
We get that question a lot. My sister, Brandon, and I have been singing together since the age of 4 & 2. My mom finally let an eager singer-in-the-making make her debut in a small church in our hometown of Lucedale, MS and of course I, her little sister, tagged along for the ride. We've played a ton of places over the years and made a variety of music (some we are very proud of, some we'd love to forget!). Regardless of where we play or what song we are singing, there's no one else in the world I'd rather stand next to and sing harmony alongside a beautifully sung melody. I am at home when we are making music together.
At the center of all the things we are (children, friends, business owners, parents, wives), we are ultimately children of God. We spent our musical time together in 2015 writing songs centered around our faith. I've not had a more freeing experience as a songwriter than to write about the one I love the most; the struggles, the blessings and the "struggle blessings".
Our band has the same heart but a new name, MENA. We are passionate about women and passionate about encouraging them, as there have been some amazing women in our lives who have encouraged and championed us, including the woman we named our band after, our grandmother "Mena". We cannot wait to see what God has in store for us, but I have a good feeling it will look nothing like what we've done before. That is refreshing and exciting, and to be honest, scary. The verse below has given me so much encouragement this past week. I hope it will encourage you as well!
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way for you in the desert and streams in the wasteland."