San Antonio Music Month
Celebrate Music SA!
Merilette was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. At the age of five, she was inspired by the musical, The Phantom of the Opera, and began singing. With the original intentions of becoming an opera singer, as she grew older and experienced different genres of music, her interests evolved. She continued to sing and also began classical violin lessons. At the age of 13, Merilette began performing publicly. Now, at the age of 17, she is a pop singer/songwriter that has launched an album and will begin touring across the US this summer. When asked about where here love of music originated, Merilette stated "I had always held a deep-rooted love for music, but I became much more serious about it when I ended up in a mental hospital for a week. I had severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD. A combination of chemical imbalances and negative events, including a past abusive relationship, culminated this devastating portion of my life. After that, I starting taking music VERY seriously. I noticed that the more songs I wrote, the more I healed. The more music I created, the better my life became. Suddenly I was absolutely addicted to writing music... For me, the best part about performing is sharing my story and making people feel more comfortable with talking about mental illness. It affects almost every single human being, either directly or indirectly; it's silly for it to be a taboo subject. Even better is showing people with mental illness that they are not alone. This is my ultimate goal as a musician and performer. When I was fifteen, I tried to kill myself. I don't want anybody to attempt what I did. Everybody is loved, and everybody matters."
Merilette believes that San Antonio has recently proven to be a great city for music and loves that San Antonio's musical diversity is emerging. She states, "I remember not too long ago when the only packed shows were for national touring acts, and the majority of local bands holding success were Top 40, country, and Tejano bands. Though I love listening to acts like these, I craved variety. And boy, did I get variety. Nowadays, there is live music every night. There's pop, folk, country, all different varieties of rock, electronic... the list goes on and on. I feel so lucky as a musician to be living in San Antonio right now."
Her advice to others wanting to make music is simple. "As for anybody out there that is considering writing or playing music - try it! It might be the best thing you've ever done. It doesn't matter if you're what society deems good or bad. It only matters that you enjoy it. The biggest advice that I can give any musician is just to ENJOY making music. So many people think of it as a competition. It's not, and that kind of thinking will ruin the fun and enjoyment of it. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the music."