Today, we're delighted to introduce singer/songwriter Megan Myles of the Memphis, TN area. This Southern girl writes from the heart and sings from the soul rivaling the best of the best country music artists I've heard. We've all had big dreams at some point in our lives. But maybe life got in the way, or funds, or the reality of a family to support, or fear, lack of confidence or maybe your dreams were forgotten. Megan made the brave decision to unabashedly LIVE her dreams. Though she struggles at times in a competitive industry, she continues to move onward and upward. But Megan never forgets to stop and give back to the community that raised her whether it's by singing to babies or to mourners. We should all take something from that. Listen to her here.
What is your name?
Describe your music style to our readers.
My music can't be described by one single genre. My sound has been influenced by so many different styles of music. Normally, I am categorized into the country genre, but the Memphis music scene has played a huge role in shaping the artist that I have become today. The most recent producer I worked with was Lawrence Mitchell over at Royal Studios. He best described my voice as having a "rich and soulful country sound." The best description of my music would have to be a warm, blues based, country sound infused with Southern rock.
How and why did you become a musician? Are you full-time?
I have been singing and had a love for music my entire life. However, I grew up with parents that strongly encouraged me to get an education and obtain a "stable" career. I never completely gave up singing, however I focused on other areas of my life. After graduating from college, I settled down in Brighton, TN. and realized there was still something missing. So I decided to start working part-time in order for me to pursue my music. I have worked at the Shelby County DA's Office for the past 6 years and I have been pursuing my music full-time for the past 3 years. Most people can't understand why I would suddenly decide to pursue such a career at this point in my life, but it is hard to explain. Yes, the music industry is very tough to be a part of, even more so as a female. It is hard to trust anyone and even harder to get noticed for you talent. There are so many moments where all of that is absolutely worth the struggle. It is worth it when I can stand on a stage and get lost in one of my songs. It is even more so worth it when I know I have touched someone with my music. I love looking out into the audience and seeing someone singing the words that I wrote. Having someone come up and tell you exactly how your words affected them is indescribable.
What inspires you?
Life truly inspires me. Each and everyone of my songs was written about a time in my life that I myself has experienced or someone very close to me. I rarely struggle for inspiration because life is full of it.
Describe a typical day.
Each and every day I wear multiple hats! I am a wife, a mother, a government employee and an artist......every single day. I now work part-time so my work hours are far more flexible in order for me to focus more on my music. Right now my main focus as an artist is recording. Normally, I have several shows a week where I am performing. However, right now I am putting all of my focus on being in the studio and finishing up material for my new cd that will come out in 2014. I am also co-writing with several other fellow artists at the moment so I have to squeeze that into my schedule as well. This past year, I put too much emphasis on performing everywhere, which in turn distracted me from what mattered most and that's releasing more music.
What are your fondest musical memories?
My fondest memories thus far is all the work that I have done with Musicians For LeBonheur. During the beginning of 2013, I was asked to represent country artist in the local organization. I have performed in multiple concert benefits and visited patients at the hospitals. The two most memorable moments happened more recently. First, I was given the opportunity to sing to the babies in the Intensive Care Unit and it was full of the most touching moments that I have had at LeBonheur. Second, I was asked to sing at the funeral service of the three individuals that recently lost their lives during the pedi-flite, helicopter crash. I will never forget either of those moments!
Name a musician you absolutely love.
Gosh, this is a tough question for me because I love so many different artists for so many reasons. I never have been one to discriminate against music. I love and appreciate it all! As a child I can remember loving Michael Jackson, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Shakacon to Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and Tanya Tucker. Currently, I listened to so many different people as well. I really look up to Carrie Underwood as a country singer. I also really like Ed Sherran and Brantley Gilbert for both their writing abilities and styles, which couldn't be more different. I absolutely love Adele because of her vocal range!!! She has a deep voice like myself and it took me a long time to embrace that sound. For so long I was made to feel ashamed of my deep range. The first time I heard her voice i didn't feel so alone anymore.
What advice would you give to other musicians?
The best advice I can give is to never give up! This industry is so very hard to survive in. Surround yourself with only people that you trust and know because so many will take advantage of your talent. Soak it all in because each and every single day of the musical journey is an adventure! Be very cautious and protect your music. Be knowledgeable of all aspect of this industry and do all the research that you can. Most importantly have fun and be thankful for every single day because so many people aren't able to fulfill their dreams.
Connect With Her
I released my last EP in November of 2012. I started recording that in 2010. I am currently working on releasing my next cd. The projected time is during the Summer of 2014. I want to build excitement about this next project for so many reasons. I have grown tremendously both vocally and as a writer since I last released music. This is why I am putting everything I have got into this next cd. I have taken a break from performing so I can put all of my focus on it. I want it to be perfect! I would very much appreciate your support and help spreading the word about my music!! An artist won't amount to anything without fans.
by MRH, CMO