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Meet Meaghan Casey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meaghan Casey.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Music has allowed me to confront a checkered past, explore elevated ideas of thought and simply express myself to the fullest. As a kid, I suffered from a deep depression and intense anxiety which led to a slew of medication and a struggling academic career. The side effects from medication even led to some health issues with my eye sight, and it was only my violin teacher who noticed how much trouble I was having. I’m thankful that my eyesight didn’t suffer long term damage, and it just goes to show how incredibly important our public-school teachers are. By having music in my academic and personal life, I was able to stay relatively grounded through the dark times and “find myself”. It’s so cliché and cringe-worthy to say “rock and roll saved my soul”…but it’s just the plain truth. I know that I’m not the only one who feels that way either.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a singer-songwriter outside of Boston touring the northeast coast as much as possible. I play both guitar and banjo and have released two EPs (titled “Wolf Hour” and “Migration”) and am hoping to release my full-length in 2019. I don’t think, at this point I could go without writing or playing, whether I’m on stage or at home. It’s an integral part of my life.

The message I think varies song to song. I like to explore different perspectives as well as my own, on all subject matters. The most rewarding feedback I’ve gotten is other women, of all ages, complimenting just me simply being a solo female musician. As a kid, I idolized badass females who led bands or played solo and had a fearless attitude. To know that there’s people out there who see me in that light is incredibly rewarding and motivating.

I try not to limit myself in my songwriting and I try not to be afraid to explore different ideas. One song I have called “Soul to Take” expresses just simply…hating your job and wanting to get laid. I was surprised at my male colleagues who were taken aback, even some saying that I should change the lyrics. Meanwhile, those same male voices can sing about murder ballads or promiscuous encounters and nobody bats an eye. I found that interesting and it’s made me more aware of my voice in the outside perspective. At the end of the day though, I’m going to sing about whatever I want.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I wish that I had taken more time to plan out and work on my recorded material. Definitely take your time and don’t put yourself in a time crunch. For other female artists, don’t stand for any bullshit and if someone makes you uncomfortable, confront them and don’t be worried about any “effect” it will have on your success. At the end of the day, if you aren’t having fun and enjoying yourself, you’re not doing it right. I think that’s all I got.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Come to a show! Even better, just go out and support local original music wherever you are. Supporting the scene supports everybody in it. There’s a vast array of amazing bands in Boston and beyond, you just need to explore and engage in venues that support original music.

To check out my music, you can find it by searching Meaghan Casey on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook and “meagboston” on Instagram.

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Lizzy Affa, Nicole Tammaro.

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