TIDAL Rising: Meg Myers

TIDAL Rising: Meg Myers

Having just dropped her highly-anticipated debut album, Sorry, our bets are on Meg Myers becoming one of the biggest breakthrough artists of the year.

The Tennessee-born singer-songwriter’s career has been steadily climbing since 2012, after she decided to leave her family and pursue a music career in Los Angeles. With her edgy, provocative style that has been compared to ’90s icons like Fiona Apple, Sinéad O’Connor, PJ Harvey and Alanis Morrisette, she gained immediate interest from indie and major labels alike, before eventually signing a deal with Atlantic.

Sorry is a gorgeous, haunting and matured full-length, and Myers’ dark but empowered, vulnerable yet poised stance is aptly summed up in opener “Motel,” which samples a classic 1992 interview with Townes Van Zandt

When asked, “How come most of your songs are sad songs?,” the famously melancholy singer-songwriter responds, ”I don’t think they’re all that sad. I have a few that aren’t sad, they’re like… hopeless, totally hopeless situation. And the rest aren’t sad they’re just the way it goes. I mean, you don’t think life’s sad? But from recognizing the sadness you can put it aside, be happy and enjoy the happy side of life.”

“[Myers'] meager 10-track collection of raw, body-possessing songs will shake you to the bone,” wrote Popdust in a review. “Sorry succeeds tremendously because it is achingly honest. Myers (uncompromisingly) delves into her inner darkness in an effort to unearth slivers of delicacy and innate beauty. She relishes in pain but only as a gateway to brighter, more vibrant fields of self-worth and livelihood.”

We had the Rising star tell us a little more about herself.

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Who is Meg Myers? Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Meg Myers. I sing and play bass in the group known as Meg Myers. I also play guitar and piano. I love gorillas, chess, nature, reading and cartoons. I like to spend time alone. I love classical music. I’m a Libra with a lot of Scorpio in my chart.

What’s the first thing you did this morning?

Made bacon and eggs and then stared at it until it disappeared in my belly.

How did you first get into music?

When my dad bought me my first guitar when I was 9 and my mom put me in piano lessons. Then when I was 13, my older brother started a grunge punk band and taught me how to play bass and we started writing songs.

Who were your musical heroes growing up?

Fleetwood Mac, Enya, Sting, Joan Osborne, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, James Taylor, CCR, Johnny Cash, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel, Tracy Chapman, Heart and many, many more.

Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?

Joan Osborne’s Relish.

Can you say something about your debut album, ‘Sorry’?

Sorry is something I’m really proud of. It took me a couple years to make and it represents a lot of emotions and experiences I’ve gone through. I feel like as a whole, it expresses the difficulty of being in really low places and feeling a lot of sadness, but expresses being able to recognize that darkness and to find hope and joy through all the pain.

What’s the best advice and worst advice you’ve received?

Best advice is from Townes Van Zandt, which is why I used his quote in my song “Motel.” Worst advice, I don’t remember because it’s not helpful, so what’s the point.

And finally, describe your music as if it were in physical form.

If my music existed in a physical form it would be a really painful massage that feels amazing after a couple days when the pain wears off.

[Photo: Catie Laffoon]

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