The Academy Theatre presents Meghan Patrick. Meghan Patrick has always had both feet planted on the wild side. From her early days as a competitive snowboarder, to leaving home to pursue a career in country music, Meghan has always had a wild streak in her. The two-time CCMA Award winning Female Artist of the Year has spent the past year honing her singing and songwriting skills to a tee and the results are proudly on display on her latest recording, the six-song EP, aptly titled, “Wild As Me.”
Already a certified superstar in Canada, Meghan is ready to take the step toward international stardom, and her move to Nashville sealed the deal in terms of placing her in a perfect environment for creating the exciting new music on her EP. “As an artist I wanted to be in the mecca of country music which is here in Nashville, where I could get more serious as a song writer because there’s just such a great saturation of country music writers here.” Meghan co-wrote all six of the tracks, leading off with ‘Girls Like Me’ (Meghan Patrick, Ryan Nelson, Jobe Fortner), a defiant number in which she radiates confidence and a sense of bravado that immediately separates her from the rest of the pack, setting the tone for the record. ‘Chaser’, co-written by Meghan with Dan Isbell and Joey Hyde leans into its southern rock feel, displaying the edge and self-assurance with which Meghan lives her life. The song writing is top shelf throughout, from the no-holds barred passion of the first single ‘Wild As Me’ (Meghan Patrick, Jordan Rager, Michael Whitworth), which Meghan describes as the first love song she’s written that feels like 100% her, to ‘Praying Right’ (Meghan Patrick, Buddy Owens, Alex Kline), in which the singer tries to strike a balance between sin and salvation. The melodies are rooted in traditional country but there is a pop sensibility to the songs that make them very radio friendly. “We did play around with some different vibes and different feels in all of the new songs, and although they’re still very much me, we used a little more modern programming in the post-production to keep things fresh, and to show a definite evolution in this record from the last.” The EP was produced by Jeremy Stover, who was also behind the board for Country Music Made Me Do It.
In addition to her two-year reign as the Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year, Meghan has been nominated for eight CCMA awards including Album of the Year nominations for both of her studio albums. She also recently received Juno Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist. Her debut album, ‘Grace and Grit’ generated four Top 20 singles and a Top 10 hit with ‘Still Loving You’. Meghan released her sophomore album ‘Country Music Made Me Do It’ in 2018 to great fanfare. The title track and first single from the album reached the Top 5, while the third single “Walls Come Down” rocketed to the #1 spot on the country radio charts. In concert, she’s shared the stage with big name acts like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride.
In recent years the country charts have skewed toward male singers but Meghan is ready to step up and make her presence felt. “There comes a time when you have to stop talking about the male/female imbalance in country music, and just put your head down, work harder and be the change. I want to lead by example in terms of making these changes instead of just talking about it. That’s how I was raised.” With her considerable song writing skills as evidenced on Wild As Me, her magnetic stage presence and a voice that comes directly from the heart, Meghan Patrick is truly a force to be reckoned with.http://www.meghanpatrickmusic.com/