100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

MERAV

“I felt the spirit of singing at a very young age in church and branched out from there, so I was just following the path it led me on,” says Merav. “It came naturally to me, and I couldn’t imagine my life without singing.” We couldn’t imagine life without talented vocalists like Merav, who is slated to perform at NYC PrideFest on June 26. Her voice transforms with ease through interpretations of jazz, rock, blues, gospel, funk, R&B and adult contemporary songs. “Powerful and sultry yet soft as a kitten,” and “Meravelous” are just a sample of the rave reviews from her fanbase. Merav has performed all over the East Coast (The China Club, SAGE’s 25th Anniversary Dance and Provincetown’s Women’s Week, to name but a few) and has shared stages with such classic vocal groups as The Shirelles and The Coasters. She’s also entertained at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, the famous Maloe Melo in Amsterdam and numerous clubs in Germany. Her preferred audience, though, is us. “The most rewarding [part of] my career has been the opportunity to be true to myself, giving me the freedom to perform for my favorite audience, the gay community,” she says. –SLO