While in Nashville for CMA Fest, Audio Still Magazine had a chance to sit down and talk with the lovely Meghan Linsey. You all may know Meghan from the country music duo Steel Magnolia. She is now getting ready to release her first solo EP at the end of this summer on iTunes and a new single within the next few weeks. Meghan has taken somewhat of a different approach to put this album out.
Meghan has turned to Pledgemusic, a crowd sourcing site, to release her new EP. Crowd sourcing is getting funding for various projects by having people pledge or donate to your campaign. When asked why she chose this route, Meghan said, “I am doing this all independently, I don’t have a label right now, I have a really great fan base and to partner with the fans to put the music out just felt like a really cool thing to do. It also gets the fans more involved and more excited. I’ve been posting a lot of fun videos and pictures that are exclusive for the pledge fans.” She has some great exclusive incentives for people that pledge including: a copy of her new CD on July 8th (pledgers only), puppy play dates, getting a mani pedi with Meghan, a private house show with Meghan playing in your living room.
We asked Meghan what direction this project is heading in musically as compared to Steel Magnolia and she responded, “I don’t think it’s completely different. I think there was always an element of soul to everything that we did, ya know, I was born and raised in New Orleans so I think I’ve kind of brought that flavor to it. With the new project I am able to kind of push on that a little more and really, really sing on this thing more; that’s been really fun. The songs are just really honest. I’ve been writing a lot with everything I’ve had go on in the last few years. I think overall it’s just really soulful and genuine and honest.”
During our talk, we touched base on the creative and writing process of a singer/songwriter. “I’m involved in every process of everything in my career which gives a blessing a curse. I try not to micro manage too much, but I do like to be involved and know what’s going on. I’m just creative by nature,” states Meghan. She has been hard at work writing the new material for her EP with people such as Corey Crowder (who produced Jamie Lynn Spears’ upcoming country release) and her friend, Julie Moriva. “I cowrite a lot…James Otto, we wrote a song the other day that I’m really excited about will definitely, if not on this EP, will be on the next one for sure.” Meghan is working with upcoming Nashville producer, Tyler Cain on this personal and meaningful project along with many talented musicians.
Steaming from her success with Steel Magnolia, Meghan has learned quite a bit that she is now applying to her solo career. “Everything that you could go through in the music business, I feel like I’ve done in the last few years, so I’ve learned a lot. I’ve had a lot of life lessons.” Despite experiencing so much in such a short period of time, Meghan says, “I feel like I am really ready to come out on my own. I’ve been touring for years now and doing interviews and red carpets and playing shows. There is a lot of stuff that I’ve learned about the business that I didn’t know; it’s really made me a business woman. It’s made me realize how much I really appreciate my team and the people around me. I try to bring people around that I really like. It’s nice to have people that you feel like you can trust and that you want around all the time.”
And what advice does Meghan have for aspiring musicians out there trying to make it big in Nashville? “Do something that’s genuine and to be honest. I think a lot of people get swept up in the idea of ‘I have to be this because this is what works on Country radio’ or ‘I have to do this because it’s what people want.’ I think the moment that I found out who I was and I started being myself in interviews and not worrying about what people thought about how I sounded or what I was wearing. I feel like people can see through.”
We really enjoyed our time with Meghan and would like to thank her and wish her the best of luck! If you are wondering how you can be a part of Meghan’s Pledgemusic campaign, here is the website http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/meghanlinsey. Check it out and pledge today!