Acclaimed Singer Songwriter Meghan Cary: Inspiring Others To “Sing Louder”
Meghan Cary a critically-acclaimed folk artist, who has earned Billboard Magazine’s esteemed Critic’s Choice Award joins the eMusician Podcast Show. Her latest album SING LOUDER is her most triumphant work yet. Its title track debuted at #2 on the US / International Folk DJ Radio Chart.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Meghan Cary discuss the following:
- You’ve had quite a career thus far, earning Billboard Magazine’s “Critic’s Choice Award” for your debut album and releasing four successful albums before your latest CD. Can you take us back to the beginning and tell us how you got your start in music?
- Tell us a little bit about your journey since your first album. How have you changed? How has the music industry changed since you started out?
- You recently released your fifth album SING LOUDER, whose title track debuted at #2 on the US / International Folk DJ Radio Charts and “Responsibility” and the album entered the charts at #6 – what do you attribute this success to?
- SING LOUDER has an overarching message of community and coming together, why is this so important to you?
- You are an independent artist, meaning you don’t have the support of a label, so can you explain to our listeners what that means for you in terms of the “behind the scenes” work you put in to your projects?
- Do you have advice for other artists out there who are creating music and hope to achieve your level of success?
- What is the one thing you want fans to take away from your music?
- What’s next for you?
Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. But when her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into music and sang my way out of the abyss.” Cary continues to share the healing power of music with the community that has rallied around her message of hope and being heard.
Known for her raw honesty and ability to connect with and engage her audience, Cary brings people to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and lyrics that resonate universally. Cary’s song “Sing Louder”, a call to raise our voices together to make a difference, has become an anthem for the music-loving community.
In fact, “Sing Louder” resonated so well with audiences in her live shows, that Cary was inspired to include some of these fans on her new record of the same name. Cary gathered 48 music lovers in the studio to raise their voices with her on two tracks, “Sing Louder”, and “Responsibility”. Many of them stepped far out of their comfort zones to don headphones and sing into a microphone. They sang with passion, joy and abandon, and it was a profound experience for Cary and all those involved. That energy was captured on Sing Louder.
“Music is the most potent tool I know to break down walls, slip through barricades, and connect with each other. And when we authentically connect, we can change the world,” said Cary. “Now more than ever we need to be courageous enough to transcend emotional, intellectual, and political barriers, and raise our voices…together.”
Cary began her career on stage as a theatre actress with over 100 credits for her work in the U.S. and Europe, and a successful on-camera and voiceover career. She’s written a one-person show with music, “On the Way to the Waterfall”, which she continues to perform around the country. She is also currently composing music and lyrics for the Broadway-bound musical, “The Accidental Caterer”.
After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the music scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase slot at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing continue to win over audiences, and garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Stevie Nicks, and even Bruce Springsteen.
In response to life’s inevitable curve balls, Cary’s mantra is: “If you don’t know the words…Sing Louder!”
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