Sunday, 2 August, 2009 10:56 AM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: 'Megan
by Aaron Gustafson
Music Group recording artist Megan Munroe
2009 CMA Close Up News Service
Head in the clouds and
dirt in her hair" - that's how Megan Munroe describes herself
as a child growing up in Sultan, Wash. She might have added "with
a song in her heart," as her father's Country albums provided
a soundtrack to her horseback rides with the Cascade Mountains as
a backdrop. After adding Tori Amos, Jewel, Pearl Jam and Bonnie
Raitt to her potpourri of influences, she headed at 17 to Los Angeles
to see whether an acting career felt right.
It didn't, and despite
some professional success she was back in Washington, wiser and
committed to music by 20. A few years of performance and a self-released
regional album helped prepare her for Nashville, where Munroe has
spent the past three-plus years writing, modeling, acting, designing
book covers and recording One More Broken String.
Produced by Doug Deforest,
all 12 tracks bear Munroe's writing credit, one of them solo and
the rest with Brian Oaks. They penned the debut single, "Moonshine,"
on which we hear Munroe's highly expressive delivery. Whether derived
partly from her acting background or simply from her fusion of Country's
narrative tradition and alt-rock's flair, she turns the lyrics into
compelling and decidedly frank evocation of love, adventure and
We may or may not see
Munroe on the silver screen, but her Diamond Music Group debut album
makes it clear that we've only starting hearing from this gifted
IN HER OWN WORDS
CD IN YOUR STEREO
"Failer, by Kathleen Edwards."
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
"Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity, by Michael
SONG YOU SING IN
"'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' (my secret 'American Idol' audition
SOMETHING WE'D NEVER
GUESS ABOUT YOU
"I had severe hearing and speaking disabilities as a child."
TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
"Tattered and Re-sewn: A Performer's Tale from Thread to Needle."
On the Web: www.meganmunroe.com
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