was born 1977 in a small catholic upper Austrian village as the third child
of a master electrician and his wife, a woman with a superior altruistic
attitude towards life. In summer she walked around barefoot, sheltered among
cows, meadows, trees and proud of her scratched knees.
When she was three Meena had her first encounters with ski, being pushed
down the hill. When Meena learned to speak she immediately was taught how to
sing. Grandpa played the zither, mother and sister sang together with her.
As she was fifteen, Meena founded her first band in company with Chris
Fillmore. In the meantime word had got around. Meena´s naturalness and power
on stage, her authentic voice had aroused interest. The first thing she did
was putting a band together. She worked on stage with locals and musicians
of international reputation as well, she played low paid and well played
gigs. She met producers and managers, booking agents, co-producers,
publishers and label bosses. "Somebody tried to make a pop singer of myself,
a rock queen, even a Tina Turner or a Janis Joplin double. As a matter of
fact, I was asked to learn the corresponding show routine. To no avail. It
would have been easier to tame my wild curls. And then, at the end, then
Thomas Ruf entered the place. He decided - against the regulations of the
mainstream music bizniz - to take me under his wings.