Megan Sheehan - 'About Love'
About Love has a great mix of songs on it and is described as "a collection of songs that speaks to the many aspects of love" Throughout every song the instrumentalisation is kept relatively simple, meaning the attention is kept on Megan's vocals. One of my favourite tracks from the album is Just Beginning. As with many of the other songs, it starts soft with a basic instrumental accompaniment but I feel the chorus is where this song really shines. Whilst listening to this album I have found that it is very important to really listen to the story the lyrics in the songs are telling and this song is no exception. It is a lovely song and a great addition to the album.
I am also a big fan of Make Me Love You which is one of the more bluesy tracks from the album. The guitar and piano hooks really add to the feel of the track as does the stripped back instrumentalisation about halfway through the track.
Critics of the album could suggest that a lot of the songs are very similar but I feel songs such as Wrong Written All Over It and Somebody Here Is Walkin' definitely show Megan's versatility and on slower songs such as Already A Memory and Break Me In Two the instrumentalisation and message behind the songs are different enough that a listener can be kept interested throughout the album.
I was able to catch up with Megan recently and ask her a few questions....
1) Which artist from any genre would you like to collaborate with?
The artist I would most like to collaborate with is Garth Brooks! He is an Okie like me and I would want to sing with him because he is so passionate about the songs he chooses to sing! I think it would be such a wonderful thing to witness first hand and I know I would learn so much from him about being connected to a song. Emotion is something I really try to convey in my music, and I know how important it is to him, so I think we'd make a good match!
2) You've sung with some huge stars already, who was your favourite?
I have to say my favourite artist I've gotten to sing with is Blake Shelton! I actually grew up singing at an Opry show, in Blake's hometown, Ada, Ok. Blake sang there almost every Sat. night, and since I lived a few hours away, I would come to sing about once a month! I was about 12 years old and Blake was 16 or so. It was a great experience and really where I learned so much about performing with a band and being comfortable on stage! Anyway, Blake and I used to sing duets on the show, one song was called "Tell Me About It' by Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton, it was so much fun! He has remained the same through the years, and he is just the way he is on TV and in interviews in real life, very funny, but also sincere! A great artist, and great guy!3) What song do you wish you had written and why?
A song I really wish I'd written is "The House That Built Me"! There are many reasons I wish I'd written it. It is beautiful, real and everyone can relate to it. A man named Alan Shamblin wrote it, and the first time I heard it I cried. Especially the part about the dog being buried in the backyard, my childhood dog, Mookie is buried in the backyard of my house back in Broken Arrow, Ok. This song is just so well written and you can tell it truly came from the heart.4) What music are you listening to at the moment?
Right now I am listening to a lot of different things! I love Dwight Yoakam's new album, and Alan Jackson's new album too. I love Adele and Grace Potter, and Alicia Keys' new song, Girl On Fire! It's my ringtone right now! And I can't wait for Faith Hill's new album!5) You've been performing since you were twelve, what has been your favourite moment?
It's hard to pick one favourite moment performing, but I would have to say it was performing in China during the International Country Music Festival. We performed all throughout the countryside of a town called Zhang Jia Jie. It was so beautiful and my favourite location we sang at was right in the middle of a waterfall! The stage was built right at the bottom of the falls, so the waterfall was behind us, ran under the stage, then continued to flow in front of the stage! It was amazing! Definitely one of my favourite performances!6) What haven't you done in your career that you would like to?
Well, there are still many things I want to do in my career, especially since I'm a new artist to the masses! But I would really love to be able to tour and meet my fans! I have been living in Nashville for a while now and haven't gotten to tour because I've been focusing on writing and recording. So, I'd just love to be able to grow my fan base and get my music out to as many people as possible!7) How are you finding living in Nashville?
I have actually been living in Nashville for a while now, and it is wonderful! It's a big city with a small town feel! I moved here in 1999 to attend Belmont University and I interned on Music Row at a few different publishing companies and learned a lot about the music business that way. In 2003 I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Business with an emphasis in Marketing and I remained in Nashville and have been working on my career ever since!8) What is your favourite part about being a musician?
My favourite part of being a musician is performing for people! I love to sing, and I love it when people enjoy my singing. It feels really great, and makes me feel like I'm on the right path and doing what I'm supposed to be doing! I also love songwriting! I love after you write a song, then sing it in front of people for the first time and see their reaction and if people liked it, it's really exciting!9) What is your least favourite part?
Well, my least favourite part is sometimes it's hard to just focus on the "music" side of the music business. Especially these days with so much technology and networking! It seems I'm at the computer talking about music more than I'm actually doing music sometimes! But, I do love the fact that I can be connected to fans all over the world, like you for example! So that's wonderful!10) What would you say to someone wanting to make it in the music business?
I would tell someone who wants to make it in music to practice, practice, practice! One of my favourite quotes is "Success is when preparation meets opportunity!" I believe that opportunities will come your way, but if you aren't prepared for it and haven't worked to be your best, it won't matter! You have to believe in yourself! You have to work hard! And you have to stay true to yourself!
In my opinion Megan is a very strong artist and I am very interested to hear what her next album brings. She has already expressed an interest in touring more and I hope we get to see her in the UK soon!
Megan's album About Love is available on mp3 download from iTunes, Amazon and her website (www.megansheehan.com) and you can order a physical copy of her CD on her website. Megan has also recently released a Christmas album which can be downloaded from her website.