Singer/songwriter Mieka Pauley, described as “the next meaningful female vocalist of her generation,” will perform at Sauk Valley Community College at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the East Mall. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited.
Pauley, who performs 150 shows a year, will bring her own incredible version her music and her soul, blues, rock, acoustic, and alternative styles to SVCC. Described by the Northeast Performer as “a version of Sarah McLachlan with a switchblade in her shoe,” the Boston Globe said she is “like Aretha in the husky vocal turns.”
Her music has brought comparisons to Ben Harper, Cat Power, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Martin Sexton, and others. Pauley has been awarded the first-ever Starbucks Emerging Artist Award, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriting Showcase, and the Rock Boat/BMI Song Contest. In addition, she has performed at the Newport Folk Festival and the Rites of Spring in Nashville.
In the past four years, Pauley has performed more than 650 shows including bills with Eric Clapton, Jason Mraz, Citizen Cope, Wyclef Jean, Black Eyed Peas, John Hiatt, Edwin McCain, Mindy Smith, John Legend, and many others.