My Name Is MEEKELLAH

by Michaela Therese

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Michaela Therese is a soul vocalist, pianist, songwriter, producer and music teacher, who has been at the forefront of Singapore's music scene for over 10 years. with a brand new album, literally, to her name entitled, “My Name Is MEEKELLAH”, Michaela steps out from behind her piano and makes a bold statement about the woman and artist she has grown to be. the album documents her personal and musical journey with songs written as early as 1998.

with this release, having both written and produced her own tracks, “My Name is MEEKELLAH” aims to cut through the clutter of today’s music and reintroduce the feel good sounds of Soul and Hiphop to music lovers once again.

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released April 30, 2014

all songs produced by Michaela Therese + Tim De Cotta, and co-produced by Kelvin A.
all songs recorded, mixed and mastered by The Susuwatari Brothers
lead recording engineer: Kelvin A.
all songs recorded at Kyojin no Tõge, Singapore
all vocals by Michaela Therese (with additional vocals by Tim De Cotta)
all vocal arrangements by Michaela Therese
all songs written by Michaela Therese
all lyrics written by Michaela Therese
“Standstill” programmed and arranged by Tim De Cotta
“Final Call”, “Gaia vs. Man”, “Handle With Scare”, “Only You” arranged by Michaela Therese, Aya Sekine, Tim De Cotta + Teo Jia Rong
“If I Let You Go” arranged by Michaela Therese, Tim De Cotta + Teo Jia Rong
“Over The Rainbow” arranged by Michaela Therese + Munir Alsagoff
all other songs arranged by Michaela Therese
Aya Sekine appears on “Final Call”, “Make You Think”, “Gaia vs. Man”, “Wake Up Before Britain”
Marques Young appears on “Final Call”, “Gaia vs. Man”, “Handle With Scare”, “Only You”
Christy Smith appears on “Standstill”, “Snooze Queen”
Munir Alsagoff + RidUan Zalani appear on “Over The Rainbow”
Mohamed Noor appears on “Standstill”
Kevin Guoh (Kaye) appears on “If I Let You Go”
all other songs played by Michaela Therese, Tim De Cotta + Teo Jia Rong

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Michaela Therese Singapore

Michaela is a soul vocalist, pianist, songwriter, producer and teacher. she has 2 releases under her belt.

Michaela is currently based in Singapore and releasing her first full-length album, "My Name Is MEEKELLAH" in April 2014. she now works primarily with her band L.A.B. and is working on their first EP as well as the debut release of her other musical identity, Miss Mic.
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Track Name: Calling For Michaela
"Calling for Michaela, Michaela Therese, this is your final call."
Track Name: Final Call
This is the FINAL CALL, gotta leave it all behind now

This flight ain’t leaving till you’re ready, so are you ready?
ARE YOU READY?

It’s taken me some time to figure out I ain’t meant to be here
I had no clue that in my mind, I knew nowt but madness and fear
It kept me up at night, tossed and turned
You know, the usual
But in the dark I fought for sight
And then I learned what is crucial
I got to say goodbye

So this is over, I gotta run, my gate is closing
Finished the chapter, packed what I need
My heart’s wide open
So this is over, I gotta run, my past is fading
Finished the chapter, got what I need
My heart has chosen
It’s the FINAL CALL, and now I know it finally
And I’m ready, I’M READY

I know that I’ve been crazy tired
Given so much of myself to things that never really mattered
And now I’ve settled down
And I finally can conceive of the hope I’ve yet to capture
My eyes, my mind, my heart are working together
My breath, my tongue, my feet in rhythm together
It’s time to say goodbye

So this is over, I gotta run, my gate is closing
Finished the chapter, packed what I need
My heart’s wide open
So this is over, I gotta run, my past is fading
Finished the chapter, got what I need
My heart has chosen
It’s the FINAL CALL, and now I know it finally
And I’m ready, I’M READY

This is the Final Call, gotta leave it all behind now

Gotta leave it all behind, MOVE ON
Gotta leave it all behind now

So this is over, I gotta run, my gate is closing
Finished the chapter, packed what I need
My heart’s wide open
So this is over, I gotta run, my past is fading
Finished the chapter, got what I need
My heart has chosen
It’s the FINAL CALL, and now I know it finally
It’s the FINAL CALL, and I’m ready, I’m ready

My eyes, my mind, my heart are working together
My breath, my tongue, my feet in rhythm together
It’s the FINAL CALL, don’t you know it
It’s the FINAL CALL, And I’m ready, I’M READY
Yes I’m ready, I’M READY
Track Name: Make You Think
I've been told, times before, that I can't rap but I can sing
And even though, I got a flow, I respect it's a different thing
But I can write, I can rhyme, I can make you cry, leave you on the brink
And if you give me half a chance, I'll even MAKE YOU THINK

So tell me what's the use of little words
When it can't produce a little vim and verve
It's a grand tradition, one stone killing two birds
Passing on your message, getting heard

Emceeing, vocalising, freestyling, vocalese
We're all part of the group that has the right tricks up its sleeves
Jargoning, languagising, esoteric wannabes
Never have the right ideas, please

I've been told, times before, that I can't rap but I can sing
And even though, I got a flow, I respect it's a different thing
But I can write, I can rhyme, I can make you cry, leave you on the brink
And if you give me half a chance, I'll even MAKE YOU THINK

I Write, I Rhyme, never knew a different time
Always had something to say
Anyway, you know Poetry always gets its way
Those of y’all who feel me, will feel me
When it can’t be concealed
And when it erupts, it’s something of a miracle
So natural, so magical
Even at 5am when the whole world can’t imagine where you been
Just 2 nights ago I fantasised with JIMI in the dark
And yesterday I was with DILLA, Dilla in the park
But it’s the killer kills with MISS HILL
She knows how to get you
‘Cause her lines ain’t regular, ain’t secular
So divine, she gives you proper chills
But she’s chilling, so easy, it’s exactly who she’s meant to be
When she frees you to Ink, Sink, Wink, Drink, Think Pink, Make That Link
And she gives you this mixture where Hiphop meets Scripture
To develop a Negative into a Positive picture

I've been told, times before, that I can't rap but I can sing
And even though, I got a flow, I respect it's a different thing
But I can write, I can rhyme, I can make you cry, leave you on the brink
And if you give me half a chance, I'll even MAKE YOU THINK

So here’s my thoughts, if you care
Pit yourself against me, ooh honey if you dare
I got a lot to say, I always lay it bare
Healthy conversation, playing fair

Emceeing, vocalising, freestyling, vocalese
We're all part of the group that has the right tricks up its sleeves
Jargoning, languagising, esoteric wannabes
Never have the right ideas, please

I've been told, times before, that I can't rap but I can sing
And even though, I got a flow, I respect it's a different thing
But I can write, I can rhyme, I can make you cry, leave you on the brink
And if you give me half a chance, I'll even MAKE YOU THINK
Track Name: Gaia vs. Man
If I keep talking ‘bout my baby, her baby, his baby
When will I get started?
I wanna talk about the price of this crisis
Throw dice to see our history charted
She’s under one more renovation
We’ve become too good at negation
Before denial teaches us a lesson…

Oh Man, what are you doing now?
Oh Man, are you still asleep?
Oh Man, try to work it out, are we in too deep?
Oh Man, there’s too many issues here
Oh Man, for you to be sleeping now
Oh Man, turn a deaf ear
And 50 years from now, you’ll wish you worked it out

If we keep talking ‘bout her baby, his baby, their baby
When will we get started?
There’s just about enough of bopping and popping, no stopping
Generations sorted
We want we want we want her resources
Meanwhile rivers changing their courses
Before she shows us who the boss is…

Oh Man, what are you doing now?
Oh Man, are you still asleep?
Oh Man, try to work it out, are we in too deep?
Oh Man, there’s too many issues here
Oh Man, for you to be sleeping now
Oh Man, turn a deaf ear
And 50 years from now, you’ll wish you worked it out

We think what she gives is for free just because
We don’t get a statement in the mail every month
It’s getting worse and worse, you can’t think in this heat
But you can’t connect the dots, you raise your fork and eat your meat
No one can tell you how to live, unfortunately
But see for yourself and try to act responsibly
How can there be balance when we take but never give?
Is this the way you wanna teach your children how to live?

Oh Man, what are you doing now?
Oh Man, are you still asleep?
Oh Man, try to work it out, are we in too deep?
Oh Man, there’s too many issues here
Oh Man, for you to be sleeping now
Oh Man, turn a deaf ear
And 50 years from now, you’ll wish you worked it out
Track Name: Standstill
Excuse me ma’am, you don’t know who I am
But can you please tell me where I’m headed too
Hey miss, unlock your lips from that kiss
Take a look at me and tell me what I’m to do

I’m so confused
And everyone’s so amused by my delusional self
I got no steps to make
Yet so much space, so why do I hesitate?

Here I am caught in a STANDSTILL, here I lie paralysed
I can’t move in any direction, regardless of my will
Caught in a STANDSTILL

Good day dear lady, what made you keep your baby
Did you hear a little voice in your head?
If you did, and it told you not to get rid of your kid
Won’t you please share with me what it said

I’m so confused
And everyone’s so amused by my delusional self
I got no steps to make
Yet so much space, so why do I hesitate?

Here I am caught in a STANDSTILL, here I lie paralysed
I can’t move in any direction, regardless of my will
Caught in a STANDSTILL
Track Name: Snooze Queen
Need to kick this habit, my body just won’t have it
It hides its head, the day means dread
Can’t jump up like a rabbit

I’m a SNOOZE QUEEN

Everything is peachy, until you try to wake me
Don’t wanna know, the sun’s too low
No resolve will shake me

I’m a SNOOZE QUEEN

I’ma stay in bed, just like I said
Avoid that beam, I’d rather dream
Mute that chime, I still got time
I told you I’m the Snoozest Queen… of all
Track Name: Wake Up Before Britain
You look at me
Intelligent eyes, how time flies, such a surprise
you're a big girl now
All the things you see
Leave me in awe, talent so raw, can't ask for more
have to say this out loud

And yes, my girl,
I Wake Up Before Britain
And yet my girl,
Our destinies are written

I wake up before you
In a place far away
But the difference makes no difference to you and I
I wake up before you
Think of you as I start my day
But the time and the distance
Don't mean nothing
To a love like you and I

I look at you
See all the things, life could bring, everything
'Cause you're beautiful
Your heart, your soul
Your spirit is tender, you're so bright and clever
I love you forever, you're remarkable

And yes, my girl,
I Wake Up Before Britain
And yet my girl,
Our destinies are written

I wake up before you
In a place far away
But the difference makes no difference to you and I
I wake up before you
Think of you as I start my day
But the time and the distance
Don't mean nothing
To a love like you and I
Track Name: Over The Rainbow
You’d think by now we’d’ve learnt enough to treat each other right
You’d think by now we’d’ve made enough mistakes to gain some foresight
You’d think by now we’d’ve realise it’s not the bark, not even the bite
But it’s surprising, superior it seems, but I don’t think we’re very bright

Why is it we can’t see
We’re much too far from where we need to be?
Why is it we can’t see
We’ve learned nothing from our history?

Click my heels, Over the Rainbow, that’s where I belong
I want to believe it when I say, “There’s No Place Like Home”

You’d think by now we’d’ve learnt to respect the essence of each race
You’d think by now we’d not be afraid of the colour of each face
You’d think by now, with each narrow escape, we’d be thankful for that grace
But it’s embarrassing, superior it seems, but of that I can’t find a trace

Why are we so afraid to try, to trust, to educate?
Why do we elevate ignorance and fear, judgement and hate?

Click my heels, Over the Rainbow, that’s where I belong
I want to believe it when I say, “There’s No Place Like Home”

Someday I wish to find the way
And when I wake up no dismay will find me
My dreams become reality, beyond the colours
That’s where you’ll find me
Track Name: Interlude For The Devil
Hey Lucifer, what would you prefer?
A song with a beat or a sweet, slow mellow groove?
Hey Lucifer, you think you could defer
Destruction and corruption if I sang for you?

When things go bad, and they keep going bad a lot
People stop and pray and hope for respite some day
I believe in God, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Satanist
But I thought I’d take the back route, not trying to be cute
What the Hell do I have to lose?
We both know what your profit is here
You whisper in his ear, “Send more troops, make smaller chicken coops,
But act cool, eat your Fruit Loops,
‘Cause breakfast is good for you, And you don’t care who
Is starving for some carbs and for some loving”
And meanwhile he responded better than you ever thought he would

Hey Lucifer, what would you prefer?
A song with a beat or a sweet, slow mellow groove?
Hey Lucifer, you think you could defer
Destruction and corruption if I sang for you?

Just one more thing, and I’ll let you get back to your lot
Tell me ‘bout the juntas, military hooplas, I guess you’re thinking, “What’s the fuss about?”
How’d you get the word around? You got my props for originality
Sex with a monkey, drugs from a junkie, and for the cure a virgin seals the deal
Risqué, your seduction has it all
Self-service is the key, give nothing back, stay on the track
Even altruism has a crack
But as long as I have you here, let me make this clear
I’m on to you, I’m not your average fool
And you’d be wrong if you were thinking that this is really
Just an Interlude
Track Name: Handle With Scare
Listen, I just don’t understand
We had so much potential
But you don’t wanna trust me, so how can I trust you?
We could’ve had a real good thing

It was hard, you and me, we had no sense of identity
You tried to lead, you sowed a seed
But as we grew I saw you lied to me
I tried to see what you see but it was clouded by hypocrisy
And after all these years I realised
You were servicing yourself and there was none in it for me
So tell me

What do we have that’s our own?
What do we have that isn’t borrowed or stolen or bought?
What do we do that isn’t a fear-driven drone?
What was yours to teach me that you taught?

All around, others frowned
they asked, why can’t they see what’s going down?
Tricks up your sleeve, so hard to breathe
More convinced that I had to leave
Because you know what you know
I know your ignorance is just for show
And after all these years I realised
You would never give a damn about the ones you keep in tow
So tell me

What do we have that’s our own?
What do we have that isn’t borrowed or stolen or bought?
What do we do that isn’t a fear-driven groan?
What was yours to teach me that you taught?

Irreplaceable, what you took from me
My rights, my voice, my power, my sanity
Inconceivable, what I’ll never know
How it feels to be allowed to grow
You’ve handled me with scare and I’ve responded with fear
And that’s exactly how you wanted it to be
But at the end of the day, you threw our history away

What do we have that’s our own?
What do we have that isn’t borrowed or stolen or bought?
What do we do that isn’t a fear-driven moan?
What was yours to teach me that you taught?
Track Name: If I Let You Go
We need to talk you and me
Can’t you see this ain’t working
I’ve been providing for way too long
And I’m getting sick of my job
I’m so done presenting you with the silver spoon, the silver platter
It was all about you from beginning to the end
But you’re not the Alpha and Omega my friend

I tried to keep up with you
But your heart moved on too fast for me
The end is near it’s time to come clean
I’ve been here for so damn long
But you don’t see me, understand me, get me
You don’t realise how little I expect
But it’s so hard to gain reciprocity

If I let you go
What’s in it for me?
If I let you go
Will my problems simply levitate away from here and disappear?
I’m so tired yet I’m so afraid of setting it down in stone
Would I rather deal with you or let you go
And end up alone?

I don’t have to tell you how much you mean to me
But I hate the cliché that if you love someone you gotta set them free
I know I need to learn to give up on you
But every time I try, you surprise me by
Showing me the good you still have left in you

If I let you go
What’s in it for me?
If I let you go
Will my problems simply levitate away from here and disappear?
I’m so tired yet I’m so afraid of setting it down in stone
Would I rather deal with you or let you go
And end up alone?

I’m so tired yet I’m so afraid of setting it down in stone
Would I rather deal with you or let you go
And end up alone?
If I let you go, could I handle being alone?

I’m so alone without you, I can’t breathe
But I know…
Track Name: Only You
You know what I’m like, you know how I get
Sometimes only you can set me straight
You know who I am, better than I do, I bet
Stressed out, defensive, and always late

But when you come around, you drown out the noise
Yeah when you come around, you take the panic out of my voice

ONLY YOU can love me like you do
ONLY YOU can tell me like it is
ONLY YOU can look me in the eye
You know a thousand songs have been written
But I had to write one that was just about ONLY YOU

I had no choice, you know me too well
I can’t hide my strangeness from you

But when you come around, you drown out the noise
Yeah when you come around, you take the panic out of my voice

ONLY YOU can love me like you do
ONLY YOU can tell me like it is
ONLY YOU can look me in the eye
You know a thousand songs have been written
But I had to write one for YOU

You called my bluff a million times
Bailed my out from all my crimes
ONLY YOU
You deal with me being neurotic, idiosyncratic, overdramatic
ONLY YOU
You’ve allowed me to be part of your life
Convinced me that I should be your wife
ONLY YOU
I know I’m not perfect, but I love you baby

ONLY YOU can love me like you do
ONLY YOU can tell me like it is
ONLY YOU can look me in the eye
You know a thousand songs have been written
But I had to write one that was just about ONLY YOU

Love you baby