She's Gone Country had the chance to catch up with singer-songwriter Meghan Patrick!! The Bow Chica Wow Wow singer, talks about playing at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this coming weekend, her career highlights so far and why country music speaks to her!
She's Gone Country: You are playing at a lot of big festivals around the country, what are you most looking forward to at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival and hitting up the East Coast?
Meghan Patrick: I'm just looking forward to being on the East Coast in general! I had the pleasure of touring out that way with The Stone Sparrows one summer, and it was one of the best summers I've ever had. I feel like East Coasters are Canada's Southerners! People talk about southern hospitality in the U.S., and I feel like it's the same on the East Coast. They are some of the kindest, friendliest, most fun-loving people, and they just love and appreciate live music! They've also been known to make some really good moonshine. They know how to party, which makes for a great crowd!
SGC: What influences your song writing the most? What inspires you?
MP: I find inspiration everywhere when it comes to song writing. Sometimes it's about the really big moments in life, or about the everyday little moments. I'm always stopping to write down ideas, lyrics or recording melodies on my phone. It happens when I'm half-asleep, in the shower, out for a run, when I'm out or at a party—it’s kind of hard to turn it off sometimes! I'm just always thinking about songs and how to write about everyday emotions and events in a unique or powerful way.
SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself?
MP: There have been a lot of moments over the years that make me stop and smile. Pretty much every time I get on stage, I am reminded exactly why I do this and why I love it so much. I know in those moments that it's what I was born to do. One of the really big highlights for me was the second year I played at Boots & Hearts back in my hometown. When I walked on-stage and saw the size of the crowd, I was nervous, but mostly I was crazy excited! Getting to perform for that many people and having some of them sing along with me was the best feeling, and I just thought to myself how lucky I would be if I got to do that for the rest of my life. After the show, I had the chance to talk to a lot of people from the audience, and one of them was a little six-year-old girl. She was wearing a Taylor Swift t-shirt, and told me that I was her new favorite singer. She told me that she wanted to be like me when she was older. That compliment meant so much to me! That was years ago, and I feel luckier than ever for the opportunities that have come my way. That amazing, exciting feeling never goes away every time I get on stage!
SGC: What is it about country music that really speaks to you?
MP: Everything about it speaks to me on some level. I love the instrumentation, the melodies and the harmonies of a country song. I love the twangy, down home, honest way great country singers deliver a song. I love the way the lyrics tell a story and paint a picture. It reminds me of home. The people I grew up with, the kind of place I grew up in. So many of my best memories are tied to a country song, from weddings, to parties, heartaches, falling in love and road trips. I love singing country, and I love writing country songs. The genre is nostalgic to me, and I feel like I connect with it more than any other style of music.
SGC: You are quite active on social media and regularly reply to fans on Twitter. How important is social media as a tool to connect with your fans?
MP: Social media has become so important to new artists as a connection between them and fans/potential fans. It's so accessible to so many people now it's a great way to reach a large audience all at once and give them insight into what you are all about. I always try my best to be interactive with the people who find me on social media because I want them to know how much it means to me every time they request my song, purchase my album, or tell a friend about me. I never used to like using social media much, it seemed weird to me to document your every move on a public forum, and it is still something I find a little odd and have to remind myself to do. I try and find a balance though, and pick and choose which moments I like to keep for myself in order to stay sane and grounded. I love to share my life with my fans and friends but sometimes it's good to take some privacy for yourself as well!