Chicago born native became interested in music at the early age of eight when his mom gave him a guitar for Christmas. At the age of 15, he began studying music and woodwinds under Louis Gray, high school band director (Crane HS). His first performance was playing at a high school graduation, and he says he was greatly influenced by Grover Washington Jr., The Crusaders, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder. He moved to the Caribbean where he continued to pursue his musical career. He studied privately in St. Croix with jazz woodwinds player James (Jimmy) Hamilton, After several years of touring and playing with several theatrical/dance companies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mekiel returned to the United States and resided in Los Angeles, CA. for over 30 years. Following his dream of becoming a recording artist, when he returned to the USA he continued his music studies with the legendary saxophonist Bill Greene (improvisation lessons). He also studied music and marketing at Los Angeles City College and West Los Angeles City College. In 1994 with over a hundred compositions under his belt, he started his own label with the name of MekMuse Records and now has several releases to his credit. Toured Europe and North America as a performer in several Blues and Jazz festivals. He participated in the North Seas Jazz fest, Netherlands, Ajaccio Blues fest, Corsica, Pori Jazz fest, Finland, Nice Jazz fest, Cognac Blues Passion, France, San Diego Blues fest, Long Beach Blues Fest, California, USA, Edmonton Blues Fest. Canada and Montreux jazz fest. For over two decades he has dedicates his talent and time to disable students at the Los Angeles Unified School District Benjamin Banneker Special Education Center when he was not on tour or performing. He has brought great joy to disabled students with music.