Meesha Shafi is not new to this platform. Her last performance on Coke Studio two years ago was a turning point in her musical career. She was relatively unknown as an artist performing rock music to select elite audiences. Shafi returns to Coke Studio Season 5 proving herself to be one of the most dynamic artists whose voice has added a new dimension to a range of traditional and modern music.
"After doing those 2 songs that I did in Coke Studio I started to re-analyze my career as a singer. As far as the genre, the content and the lyrics are concerned what do I want to do and where do I want to take my work?" says Shafi.
The response to her last performances was phenomenal and she is pressured to match her own standard of excellence.
"I feel a different type of pressure now because at that time the pressure was that Coke Studio had already become quite a big platform and in a mainstream way I was quite un-known in the music industry," says Shafi.
Over the years she has developed the range and depth in her voice to sing classics from different regions of Pakistan - songs that have already been done and re-done by the greats in Pakistani music including Iqbal Bano and Reshma.
Shafi has proved herself to be a person with multiple, well cultivated talents. She has been a successful model and has served as the Pakistani spokesperson for L'oreal. Since her last performances on Coke Studio, Shafi has starred in acclaimed feature films Waar and the Hollywood venture, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Shafi grew up in Lahore and has been singing since before she can remember. Her musical career picked up when she was an art student at the National College of Arts in Lahore.
"Music has always been a part of my life and I am from a house and family where culture is very deeply ingrained in our heritage," says Shafi.
Shafi never decided to pursue music professionally but her passion for her art and musical heritage carried her forward - and she never stopped singing.
"Other than what music means and how it communicates and touches people and how we must keep it alive the really relevant thing right now is that we use it to project a positive image of ourselves as Pakistanis. And it's the perfect tool because we can stay true to our language and our heritage and at the same time we can command a global audience," says Shafi.