Muse Mafia helping promote ‘Idol’ finalist

Published 9:36am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As Jess Meuse has risen through the ranks to become among the Top 10 finalists in the reality TV singing competition “American Idol,” there have been plenty of folks who have recently jumped on her bandwagon.

But there is one trio that’s backed Meuse’s endeavor ever since her taped audition in Atlanta aired in January.

It wasn’t long after the Atlanta audition was shown on “American Idol” that the “Muse Mafia” made its debut on Facebook.

“Muse Mafia” evolved through the creativity of Heather Maringo from Pennsylvania, Myriam Theriault-Carriere from Quebec, Canada and Katie Lane, who is originally from the Robertsdale area.

“Supporting an artist and promoting them is something we all really enjoy,” said Lane, who now lives in Pensacola, Fla. “We all loved Jess right from her audition. Well actually before because we knew about her being on the show prior to the show actually starting because of “American Idol” spoilers.”

In addition to having a page on Facebook, Muse Mafia can be found on Instagram and Twitter.

So far Muse Mafia has more than 1,000 followers on Facebook and it has been growing as Meuse continues to advance.

“I’ve never met them in person, just through Facebook,” Meuse said. “They just started this fan page for me, and they do cool stuff with photos and graphics that I could never dream of doing. They even sent me flowers one week to wish me well.

“Now those are some great fans!”

Lane said the reason behind the Muse Mafia is to get the word out about Meuse and encourage people to vote for her each week.

“She has such a special talent and a drive that is rare in artists these days,” Lane said. “She puts her heart and soul into her work.”

So how did three young women – practically hundreds of miles a part – meld to become such great friends?

“We met through Twitter during the last season of “American Idol” and became fast friends,” Lane added. “We all love promoting an artist and watching a career blossom.”

So far Meuse’s career has indeed bloomed to go from playing smoky bars in small towns to singing before millions of people on national television.

“I can’t tell you how cool it is to have gotten this far and have Facebook fan sites dedicated to yourself,” Meuse said. “That’s just the coolest thing.”

By earning her way to the Top 10 on American Idol, Meuse is guaranteed to be a part of the Idol Tour, which will start this summer.

Her fans, including the Muse Mafia will be glued to the television tonight when Meuse performs for the chance to advance to the Top 9.

The show starts at 7 p.m. on FOX.

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