Meghanβs new album TITLE has officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200! This makes Meghan the 13th female artist in history to debut with a #1 song & album. Read the full article on Billboard.com!
Meghan’s debut album is out now! Get your copy of TITLE on iTunes!
Congrats to Meghan on her Grammy Nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year!
βAll About That Bassβ
When she was still in high school, singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor landed a deal with a Nashville music publishing company and started writing songs for artists from all corners of the music world. A multi-instrumentalist who put out three albums on her own by the age of 17, the 20-year-old Massachusetts native has penned tracks for everyone from Grammy-winning country superstars Rascal Flatts and Grammy-nominated country artist Hunter Hayes to reggae/rock/R&B group Common Kings and Hot Chelle Rae singer Ryan FollesΓ©. Recently signed to Epic Records, Meghan is now gearing up to release a debut album that brings her intense flair for indelible melody to her own blend of throwback hip-hop, classic pop, and beat-heavy Caribbean music.
Now based in Nashville, Meghan joined forces with Kevin Kadish (a Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter whoβs also worked with Miley Cyrus and Jason Mraz) to infuse hook-minded songcraft with an infectious sense of fun on her upcoming debut. Inspired by everything from the swing of soca (a Caribbean-music genre that combines calypso rhythms with hip-hop and reggae) to the melody-driven musicality of country music, the album features Meghanβs bold and bouncy debut single βAll About That Bass.β With its carefree celebration of girls with good curves, βAll About That Bassβ sets the tone for the no-holds-barred but breezy authenticity that powers Meghanβs approach to songwriting.
Growing up on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, Meghan fell in love with music early on, thanks in big part to her dad (a church organist who raised her on soul legends like James Brown and Ray Charles) and her uncle Burton Toney (a Tobago-born recording artist regarded for his fusion of soca and R&B). At age seven she wrote her first songβa reworking of the Hoagy Carmichael classic βHeart & Soulββand within a few years began throwing herself fully into songwriting. Β Struck by her dedication and natural talent, Meghanβs parents hooked her up with some music production software so she could start self-recording. In the meantime, Meghan (a longtime piano player) picked up a guitar, quickly mastered a bunch of chords, and eventually added ukulele and percussion to her repertoire.
Along with racking up such honors as the Best Female Artist award at the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards and the grand prize at the 2010 New Orleans Songwriters Festival, Meghan began attending songwriting expos in her mid-teens in hopes of getting her music out into the world.Β Instead of accepting the full scholarship offered by Bostonβs prestigious Berklee College of Music, Meghan spent her late teens flying back and forth between her home and Los Angeles to team up with producers and artists on songwriting sessions.
Through those sessions, Meghan has now partnered up with major producers and songwriters like J.R. Rotem (Rihanna,Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj), SoulShock (Madonna, Usher, Solange), and Ari Levine(Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Cee Lo Green). And in a feat thatβs especially meaningful to her, the upcoming Rascal Flatts album includes two songs Meghan wrote incollaboration with DJ/producer Jesse Frasure and singer/songwriter Shay Mooney. βHearing my songs being sung by Rascal Flatts was so amazing,β she says. βI used to listen to their records all the time when I was younger because I thought the songwriting was so great, so hearing those two tracks just made me realize all thatβs happened over the past few years and how far Iβve come with my writing.β
A couple years into her publishing deal, Meghan came up with βAll About That Bass,β a super-playful but unapologetic self-empowerment anthem for ladies who donβt fit the standard beauty ideal.Β The song is now her debut single as an artist for Epic Records.Β Β βWriting that song, I was thinking about girls today and how thereβs even more pressure to be thin now, because of Instagram and selfies and that constant competition,β she says, noting that the message ofΒ βAll About That Bassβ is to βlove your body no matter what.β With songs addressing everything from drunk-texting and the walk of shame to dating anxiety and post-breakup heartache, thereβs no shortage of βAll About That Bassβ-style honesty on Meghanβs debut album.