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Life and Work with Meghan Lynch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meghan Lynch.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am one of those lucky people who realized exactly what I wanted to do with my life at a very young age. From elementary school through high school I was involved in every choir and musical production available. I found the adrenaline rush of performing addicting and looked for any opportunity to be onstage.

At St. Michael’s College, my studies were heavy on the arts while majoring in Media Studies and completing a double minor in Theatre and Music. It was during this time that I switched up my musical theatre track and began to pursue songwriting.

I’ve been blessed with incredible mentors throughout this entire process. Although my former piano teacher Arielle Hanudel taught me the required material, she let me focus our lessons heavily on original works and taught me the foundations of writing music. My professor at Champlain College could see how passionate I was about being an artist that he allowed me to use their recording studio off hours. During my senior year of college, my room had a condenser microphone set up on a stand, my keyboard was lying on my desk, and my guitar was propped up in the corner. If I wasn’t in class, working, or guiding a wilderness trip, I was creating a song.

While living in Boulder, CO, I recorded my debut single “Little Love Confessions” at Coupe Studios. I loved working with my producer Brandon Calano because he could see my vision for the song and allowed me to be hands on in the process. Recording this single became the gateway for new opportunities once I returned to New England.

Today “Little Love Confessions” has been aired on many commercial radio stations including Boston’s 101.7 The Bull with Jessica Callahan, live on Nash Icon 98.9 with Mark Veau, and the Iceman’s Top 40 Countdown in Nashville, TN. My single has also been aired internationally on UK Country Radio in Leeds, England and I’ve been the artist of the week on the Netherland’s station Radio New Wheels. Currently I’m a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), a BMI affiliate, and a Musicians on Call volunteer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Anyone who pursues a career in the arts knows that you deal with a good chunk of rejection. It naturally comes with the territory, but I always try and think positive and focus on how I can be better next time. Surprisingly, one of the best things about hearing “no” is that when you finally do get that station to air your song it makes the “yes” responses 100% sweeter.

Lots of times growing up, I definitely felt like the odd duck. In college, I only knew one other person who was pursuing singing and songwriting as a career. Many weekend nights I would turn down invites to college parties to practice and work on new music. Once I had an idea for a new song in my head, I wouldn’t leave until it was down on paper.

When you are an unsigned artist just starting out, it can be a full time job in itself. You are not only the performer memorizing sets, but you are also your own manager, booking agent, and the social media head of your accounts. It can be tricky at times balancing music, while also working as a wedding photographer.

As for young women starting out, I’d tell them to study their favorite artists/songs, but don’t try to be them. Don’t get too hung up if you weren’t gifted with Demi Lovato’s powerhouse vocals. If you work hard and stay focused on being an artist that is true to your sound, people will take notice.

Country music in particular is a little harder for women to break into. Luckily the environment is changing, but if you are looking to be a songwriter I’d recommend watching the female performers on Song Suffragettes in Nashville, TN, via their YouTube channel.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your business – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
This sounds cheesy, but all I want to do is make people happy. Whether that’s performing for a patient at a children’s hospital or talking in between songs with a 4 year old who wants to be a singer, you can clearly see that I am having the time of my life onstage. My sets usually consist of country and top 40 covers with a few originals. This way you have the ability to sing along with all your favorite tunes, while also learning more about me as an artist. Currently, I have one original song recorded, so live performances are where you can listen to other tracks I haven’t released. My writing follows a detail oriented—storyteller style similar to Taylor Swift’s earlier music and Kelsea Ballerini’s recent work. Typical to songwriting rounds in Nashville, I love to share the backstories of my original songs. Lots of times I’m writing about relationships, personal experiences, or people I meet on a daily basis. I’m always looking to connect with listeners so I strive to create music that is honest, relatable, and catchy. This summer I’ve been performing across New England at bars, coffee shops, and farmer’s markets with my guitarist Norwood Pearson. I’m really excited to be playing at the Topsfield Fair this October.

Anytime I’m performing a set, I always hang around after the show. I absolutely love to chat and thank members of the crowd for coming out to support my music. It is always the best feeling when audience members come over and say they really connected with a certain original song. Whether I’m asking about your weekend plans or giving advice to someone who wants to pursue music, I will chat with you as long as you want – so come say hi at a show!

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Both my parents have medical backgrounds, so I was someone who didn’t have any connections to the music industry. I learned to make my own with the resources I had. I did one-on-one meetings with music professors after class hours, picked vocal coaches who had connections in Nashville, worked with a piano instructor who helped me grow as a songwriter, and went to shows where young performers were playing sets locally. Whether you are performing or watching a show, always stay till the end of the night to chat with the other artists and people in the audience. Lots of times I’ll look at other local musicians’ websites to get ideas of other venues to reach out to regarding bookings.

If you only sing and want to have someone else play guitar, I recommend checking out craigslist, attending local shows, emailing music schools, posting on Facebook music groups for your city, and hanging a flyer in your local music store. Attending open mic nights is definitely a great way to ease into performing to shake out any nerves or to practice new material on a welcoming audience. The app Open Mic Finder lists all the open mic opportunities available to you every day of the week. Locally, Rick’s Music World in Raynham holds a great open mic night, while Loretta’s Last Call offers traditional songwriting rounds.

If you are looking to get involved in the country music scene and want to learn more about the music industry, I’d definitely recommend joining the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). They have a whole video library answering all your questions from songwriting to creating a demo. I’ve found them to be a great resource and you can get your songs reviewed by professional writers as well.

Last year, I attended the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival and I’m happy to say I’ll be back again this September. This festival was such an amazing experience for me because the workshops are led by writers and producers who created hit country songs on the radio. You’re with about 30 other attendees from all over the country who truly live and breathe all things music. I truly felt at home during those four days last year, so even if country music isn’t your genre, definitely consider attending one!

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