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by ME'NA

JAZZ: “Living My Life” is a collection of songs that convey a wide range of emotions. From the sensual “I Of The Storm”. The poignant “Time”. Me’na penned the introspective title track “Living My Life”. The inspirational “Journey Begins With You”. Th
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro Infinity & I of the Storm
7:26 $0.99
2. P.I.A. (Plan In Action)
3:39 $0.99
3. Home 2 Me
5:20 $0.99
4. Summertime
4:02 $0.99
5. Down By The River
5:08 $0.99
6. Later
5:19 $0.99
7. Living My Life
3:59 $0.99
8. Deja View
5:46 $0.99
9. My Funny Valentine
6:26 $0.99
10. Journey Begins With You
5:34 $0.99
11. Stoopid
4:04 $0.99
12. Time
5:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Me'na dubs Canton, Ohio her home. An area steeped with tradition. With a host of eclectic entertainers hailing from the area. Walter Williams, James Ingram, Howard Hewitt, and Macy Gray. Just to have your name associated with these individuals is an achievement within itself. She temporarily put aside her musical aspirations and focused on raising her family. Me’na a power company executive was stricken with a rare congenital brain condition called A.V.M. she states “it was a bomb exploding in my head!” Surviving two brain surgeries, and a lengthy recovery. After the storm. She promised the Savior, to lift her voice in praise, and give God the glory!!

Me’na was introduced to a Cleveland based musical production team of the late Douglas Green, and Nathaniel Rhodes. The team took on the task of honing her Vocal, and acting abilities. The collaboration led to her debut at the prestigious Karamu Theater in “NO NIGGERS, NO JEWS, NO DOGS”. Her voice drove the productions soundtrack to great musical heights. She also did a stint as Anne Wiggins Brown in the musical “GERSHWIN BY GEORGE”. This operatic piece tested her abilities to its fullest. Which garnered critical acclaim!

Then the vocalist channeled all of her energies into the completion of her debut CD. With the aid of visionary Nathaniel Rhodes, and the exceptional Bill Ransom as producers. Who decided to go with the live acoustical sound. The journey had begun. “Living My Life” is a collection of songs that convey a wide range of emotions. From the sensual “I Of The Storm”. The poignant “Time”. Me’na penned the introspective title track “Living My Life”. The inspirational “Journey Begins With You”. The melancholy “Stooped” is about an unintelligent situation. Some well loved standards “Summertime”, “Down By The River”, and “My Funny Valentine”. Whether near a pulpit, or under concert lights. Her dedication is unparalleled. Realizing she is blessed! Angels have certainly set her free. Me’na is definitely “Living Her Life”. MENASVISION.COM/1-866-509-4654 or

"FANTABULOUS"------Charleston Okafor WCSB

Talking about jazzy soul – or soulful jazz music, an album by a songstress named ME’NA, Living My Life (US Menasvision, 2006) is also worth checking. It’s a combination of standards (My Funny Valentine, Summertime, Down by the River) and new and more soul-oriented songs. Of the last mentioned, the title track is an impressive slice of mid-tempo soul with a real instrumentation, including tasty acoustic piano basis and some funky guitar playing.

Other tracks that should grab your attention include the ethereal, trumpet-flavoured (Joe Miller) ballad Deja View, the extremely stylish flute and piano-laced Journey Begins with You, the equally elegant ballad tune Home and the absolutely wonderful, sax-drenched ballad Stoopid. The swaying closing track Time is something you might expect from a future Ledisi album. If you’re into jazzy soul music like Fertile Ground and more recently The Five Corners Quintet and The Invisible Session, Me’na’s CD should be right up your alley!

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Canton singer Me'na survived brain surgery and rediscovered her love of music, working in musical theater before recording her debut, Living My Life. Over an elastic, R&B funk riff on the title track, Me'na sings of her trials and inspirational rebirth. She collaborated with producer Nathaniel Rhodes on 7 of the 12 tracks, mostly soul- and blues-inflected originals with a cool cabaret vibe. She also lends her versatile vocals to excellent renditions of old standards "Summertime" and "My Funny Valentine." The album highlight is the sassy, infectious "P.I.A. (Plan in Action)," in which Me'na proclaims, "Most of my adult life, I've dealt with some funny-ass ways." You go, girl!

This is an awesome album.
I'm going to dispense with my usual "long winded review" in this case.
There is little explanation needed.
Either you "get it, or you don't".

To put it bluntly, Me'Na "Living My Life" puts on full display the type
of "African American Earth Mother" that singers like Erykah Badu, Jill
Scott and others will become after they grow up.

This album is laced with a combination of eroticism, spirituality and
wisdom that we thought Black people had completely given upon.

If albums could have a smell, this one would smell like a combination
incense, rose petals & collard greens. It's down home, yet
and bohemian all at the same time.

It's jazz, it's funk, it's rock, it's slow jams, it's kozmic, it's

For example, remember the classic song "Down By The River" by the great
Buddy Miles?

Imagine if you will "Down By The River" performed with Donny Hathaway
keyboards, Carlos Santana on guitar and Ron Carter on bass, fronted by
female singer whose voice sounds like a cross between Nancy Wilson,
Marlena Shaw, Betty Davis and Lynn Collins.

Well you don't have to imagine anything, because on the album "Living
Life" by Me'Na you can actually hear a version of "Down by the River"
that sounds exactly like what I have described.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, do yourself a fava and pickup on
this album.
You won't be disappointed.
The vibe of this album is incredible and right at this moment, it's my
favorite album...

Bob Davis



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Altha Smith

I trust that this CD will make it every part of the country to be enjoyed by the multitudes!!!


Wonderful and Classy
What an amazing gift this woman has! This cd is for sure a must have for any jazz fan. The songs are wonderful, the style is classy, the voice is heavenly. Hopefully there will be more albums from Mena!