So what do we think of when we hear country music these days? Do we think about family, home or maybe even songs of long, forgotten love and loss. Even the words country music conjure up images of iconic artists such as Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Taylor Swift and The Dixie Chicks.
But what if I was to tell you that there is a new singer-songwriter on the block, who not only takes all the classic elements of the country genre, but adds a new, edgy and exciting twist to the music we have all come to love.
Let me introduce you to the new Princess of Country Music…Meghan Patrick.
This young artist, at only 29 years old, has dedicated the majority of her teen and adult years to pursuing her dream of being a country music star. She is already taking the West Coast by storm, and soon Europe and beyond, with her boot-kicking, toe-tapping and hip swaying new music.
Originally from Bowmanville, Ontario in Canada, Meghan was the lead singer of The Stone Sparrows, a popular roots group. After deciding to go their separate ways in 2013 and pursue different career paths, Meghan set out in search of her destiny in the music world.
Needless to say, it was not long before music executives heard her strong, unique & effortless voice and recognised her undeniable passion, and with this she signed a recording contract with Warner Music Canada and a publishing deal with Ole Nashville.
Immediately, Meghan set everything in motion by starting to write, compose, rehearse and perform each song that was to make it onto her debut album. Not only is this lady a professional in composing and a genius in writing musical lyrics, but she possesses the heart, soul and attitude required in their deliverance, as a performer.
Meghan has been quoted in the past as saying, “I was drawn to playing guitar, so I could start writing music to go along with the words I was writing. I wanted to be self-sufficient as a creative artist.”
And you only have to listen to her debut album to hear this for yourself. Released on April 29th 2016, she cleverly named her album, GRACE & GRIT.
In my opinion, there could not have been a better name for this musical effort, as it describes its content perfectly. As I listened to the entire playlist, I understood how clever it was for Meghan to split the selection of songs into a mixture of initial heart-warming and emotional ballads (The Grace) and then inject the album with a taste of raw, passionate and powerful tunes (The Grit), in equal measures.
Since its release, her music has went from strength to strength, through her performances in several music venues; most recently in Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On The Lake.
Her debut single off the album has been her most popular to date, titled Bow Chicka Wow Wow. The lyrics are sexy and smooth, the tempo is upbeat and addictive, and the Music Video to accompany its release, makes the song Triple Country Perfection!!
The video itself is filled full of strong, confident women, cowboy hats and boots, ripped denim shorts, as well as fantastic dance scenes. Throw a “bar hunk” into the mix and great Canadian Beer on tap, and you’ve got yourself a top class accompaniment to an amazing song.
The album is packed full of tunes that everyone will fall in love with. If you’re not tearing up to Still Loving You, you will be either swaying to I Won’t Drink or raising a glass to I Believe In Beer.
So if you are reading this, then I hope it will encourage you to get online and start listening to this outstanding new addition to the music scene. For ages we have been in search for a breath of fresh air, and Meghan Patrick is the answer to our prayers.
So if you like what you’re hearing then make sure to purchase Meghan’s album by clicking the following links or through iTunes.
To purchase Meghan’s album in the UK, please click here.
Meghan can be also seen performing at the CMAO Showcase at Country Music Week on Sept 9th 2016. The Show is taking place at The Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon, at 359 Talbot Street, London.
She will also be presenting at the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, which airs on September 11th 2016 at 10pm on CMT, where she is also nominated for “Songwriter of the Year.
Since contacting Meghan via social media, she has promised the public, “I’ll have all upcoming tour dates on my website.” So if you want to see Meghan on tour in both Canada and the US, as well as throughout Europe (hint…hint…Ireland, my home country), then we all must make sure to purchase her album; either CD or digital download, using the links provided above.
Let’s show the world how fantastic this girl truly is, and let’s get #COUNTRIFIED.
Visit Meghan Patrick’s Official Website by clicking here.
You can also view all music videos and more media content by clicking here.