Megan was born in Texas and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, two places she proudly claims because of the rich culture and country music heritage of both states. Some of her earliest and fondest memories are riding in the car with her mom and singing along with the radio. "My mom would feed me the words to the songs a line before so I could sing along. That's when I discovered my love of singing."
When Megan first began performing live at the age of 12, she was a staple on the Texas and Oklahoma Opry circuits. Even at that young age, Megan’s powerful and full voice was apparent. She performed at The Johnnie High Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, receiving her first taste of approval from an audience. It was there she met and sang alongside LeAnn Rimes and Steve Holy. She also regularly performed at the McSwain Theater in Ada, Oklahoma, with fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton. “I remember Megan performing at the McSwain,” Shelton said. “She was a little girl with a great big voice, and the audiences loved her. I think people at those shows knew she had a future in country music ahead of her.”
At age 13, she opened for McBride and the Ride, and even had the opportunity to be the show opener for Patty Loveless. She represented Oklahoma and the southwest region on a national level in both the True-Value Country Showdown and TNN’s Prime Time Country “On the Road to Nashville” country music singing competitions.
After graduating from high school, Megan moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business in 2003. Megan first experienced the intricacies of the music business when she accepted an internship with Still Working Music, Barbara Orbison's publishing company. During her freshman year at Belmont, she recorded her first album titled 'Hey Good Lookin': The Songs of Hank Williams, Sr.’ Megan took advantage of the early days of Internet promotion by going online and finding website avenues to promote the album. Due to her efforts, she sold several thousand copies of her first record across the United States and Europe. While attending Belmont, Megan was also selected as one of four students to perform in the Country Music Showcase.
While singing one night in Nashville, she was approached by the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL hockey team and was asked to perform the National Anthem during their next home stand. On her 21st birthday, Megan performed her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in Columbus, Ohio, in front of a crowd of 21,000 people – all of whom stood and cheered her on. She later described it as a “goose bump moment” in her life.
After earning her degree from Belmont University, Megan made the decision to stay in Nashville and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a country music artist. She got her first opportunity when she signed a songwriting agreement with Murrah Music. There, she began to hone her songwriting talents, working with some of the most talented writers in Nashville. To help make ends meet, Megan started working and singing at a local BBQ restaurant. "I thought to myself when I was working at Judge Bean's that this had to mean I was 'paying my dues'. I would write songs during the day, then wait tables and sing at night. Even though it was a lot of work and the days were long, I look back now and realize what a great experience that was for me." It was while working at Judge Bean's that Megan got her first shot at a recording contract. One night while she was singing, Stroudavarious Records owner and music producer, James Stroud saw her perform for the first time. A few months later he had Megan come to his studio and sing a few demos. Stroudavarious Records offered her a recording contract that same day. Not long after, Megan signed a publishing agreement so that she could begin writing more songs for her album. She would write up to three songs a week alongside songwriting veterans, and ended up writing more than 70 songs with some of the most prolific songwriters in Nashville.
Although Megan never got the opportunity to record an album while signed to her recording contract, she did enjoy her time with the label. While signed to Stroudavarious, Megan had the opportunity to go to China and perform at the inaugural International Country Music Festival in the Hunan Province where 23 countries were represented. "I never dreamed the first gig I would have as a signed artist would be a 10 day stint in China! It was an amazing experience, beautiful scenery, kind people, and a celebration of music. I'd love to go back and share my new music!"
It was also during this time that Megan got to team up once again with Blake for a live performance in front of his devoted fans. At one of Blake’s fan club parties during the CMA Music Fest, Megan brought his fans to their feet with her talent.
Megan has never been one to give up, and especially not on her dream. Her determination and perseverance is alive and in full gear as she has taken things into her own hands and recently recorded her debut album on her own terms. About Love is a collection of songs that speaks to the many aspects of love. "I chose each song on the album because I could relate to them, and I felt like other people would to." Megan recorded the album in Austin, TX, with producer John Evans at the helm. They created a unique, fresh sound to match Megan's distinctive vocals.
While Megan was working on completing the album earlier this year, her father passed away. Her Dad loved to hear her sing and he got hear the album in its beginning stages. "He loved it so much, and I know he wouldn't have wanted anything more than for me to keep going towards my goal. It's hard every day, but I know he is so proud."
Needless to say, About Love holds a very special place in Megan's heart, and always will.
About Love is available now.