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Meg Myers
Meg Myers
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Myers performing in 2018
Background information
Born (1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 32)
Nashville, Tennessee
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres
2011 (2011) - present
Labels [GOOD]CROOK, Atlantic, 300 Entertainment
Doctor Rosen Rosen
Website megmyers.com

Meg Myers (born October 6, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter, originally from Tennessee.[1] Myers moved to Los Angeles to pursue music, and she met Doctor Rosen Rosen, who signed her to his production company. In 2012, Myers signed to Atlantic Records. She however left Atlantic for 300 Entertainment in 2018. Myers has released two LPs, Sorry (2015) and Take Me to the Disco (2018), and two EPs, Make a Shadow (2014) and Daughter in the Choir (2012).

Early life

Born in Nashville, Myers spent the first five years of her life in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains where she was raised by her father, a truck driver, and her mother, both formerly Jehovah's Witnesses. After her parents divorced, her mother married a comic book artist, who moved the family to Ohio. Her mother and stepfather ran a cleaning business. When she was 12, Myers and her siblings were taken out of school when the family moved, this time to Florida, where they remained throughout her teen years. During this period, Myers began singing, writing songs on keyboard, and teaching herself to play guitar. She played bass in a band named Feeling Numb that she started with her brother.

A few days shy of her 20th birthday, Myers made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She lived in a studio apartment with her then-boyfriend, got a job waitressing at a coffee shop in Hollywood, and performed whenever she could secure a gig. Although the relationship with her boyfriend ended, Myers then met Rosen who signed her to his production company. The two began writing songs, including all of Daughter in the Choir and Make a Shadow. The full-length album Sorry followed in 2015. According to Myers, her goal for her music is simple, stating that "I want it to make people unafraid to feel."[2]

Career

2012-2013: Daughter in the Choir

Myers released her début Daughter in the Choir EP in March 2012. Prior to release of the EP, she released the single "Monster," which was her first success, thanks to its music video, which was directed by A.P. Fisher and produced by Filippo Nesci, as noted by LA Weekly.[3] Her follow-up single, "Tennessee," caught the attention of British radio DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, who named it her "Game Changer" track of the week.[] In August 2012, Myers completed a month-long residency at Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles and began to generate interest from record labels.[]

2013-2014: Make a Shadow

In April 2013, Myers released her first single via Atlantic Records, "Heart Heart Head." The music video premièred on Jay Z's Life + Times.[4] In September 2013, Myers opened for The Pixies at three shows in both Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn, NY and released a new single "Desire," which premiered on Stereogum.[5] Myers kicked off 2014 with the release of the "Desire" music video, premiering it on Vice's Noisey blog."[6] Both "Desire" and "Heart Heart Head" were featured on her second EP, Make a Shadow, which was released on February 7, 2014 and also features "The Morning After," which premièred via SPIN.[7] Myers supported the release of her new EP with a show at LA's Bootleg Bar.[]

2014-2017: Sorry

Following the release of Make a Shadow, Myers began to draw attention at alternative radio, first by Kansas City's KRBZ - 96.5 The Buzz, a station known for breaking acts early on, such as the English indie outfit alt-J.[] "Desire" became one of the top ten most Shazam'd tracks in the Kansas City metropolitan area.[8] The song was the fourth-most-played (38 times) on KRBZ Kansas City in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen BDS.[9] It went on to peak at number 17 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[10] Myers performed at the station's annual Afentra's Prom in April, and she joined the New Zealand pop duo Broods on select dates of their Spring North American tour, which included stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, Washington DC and Boston. Myers also jumped on the summer festival circuit, having performed at this year's Governors Ball Music Festival, Bunbury Music Festival, Buzz Beach Ball and Lollapalooza. The New York Times commented on Myers' Governors Ball performance noting "...early arrivals heard Meg Myers hurling imprecations at the destructive power of love and desire: With seething hard-rock riffs like early P.J. Harvey, and a voice that built from laments to screams, she was cathartic even under noonday sunshine." On February 26, 2015, Myers released on her Instagram a 10-second snippet of her new single "Sorry". A full version was released March 3 on Myers' YouTube channel. A music video for "Sorry" was released on April 7. Myers embarked on her first headlining tour in May 2015.

On July 23, 2015, Myers released a new single entitled "Lemon Eyes". That same day her album was made available for pre-order on iTunes.

On September 15, 2015, Myers released the studio version of her new single "Motel". Three days later, she released her debut album Sorry, which debuted at number 79 on the Billboard 200.

2018-present: Take Me to the Disco

On April 27, 2018, Myers released the song "Numb" as the lead single from her second album Take Me to the Disco, which was released on July 20 via 300 Entertainment.[11] "Numb" is about the struggles trying to fit Atlantic Records' expectations for her.

The title track for the album was released on June 1.[12] The third single from the album, "Jealous Sea", was released on June 28.[13] The fourth single "Tourniquet" was released July 13, a week prior to the album's release.

Myers worked with producer Christian "Leggy" Langdon on the album, recording it mostly at his studio in Topanga. All her previous works were produced by Doctor Rosen Rosen. After completing work on the album, Myers and Atlantic Records mutually parted ways. She brought the completed album to NYC indie label 300 Entertainment.[14]

"I met Andy [Dr. Rosen Rosen] when I was really young and had never worked with anyone one-on-one like that before," Myers told Pass The Aux. "I had never had anyone pull stuff out of me like that so it was a really deep connection musically and as a friendship, like a brother. But change is the only way to grow, really," Myers said of moving on from Rosen. "It was definitely scary and I didn't even know exactly what I wanted to do sonically, but I just had faith. I feel like you just end up meeting the right people, and I met Leggy and it was just such a magical connection. I found another person who would help harness my authenticity."[14]

Musical style and influences

Myers's musical style is the result of her upbringing and childhood musical influences, as well as collaboration with her co-writer and producer Doctor Rosen Rosen. "I came from this grunge, punk-rock background, but I always wanted to write catchy pop songs," Myers says. "I just didn't have the technical knowledge to make them work. But I grew up listening to well-crafted songs. I loved Sting, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac. That's what I was drawn to. I love the simplicity of a great song, I just didn't realize how hard that was to capture in a recording. That's why working with Rosen is so great. It was like, 'Okay, I found this guy I can write songs with and who is really good at turning everything into pop, while still letting me be myself.'"[15]

According to Interview, "the lovelorn facets of Myers' dark, intimate music might evoke Sinéad O'Connor or Fiona Apple, but there are also moments of tumult and menace that trace back to her teenage fascination with grunge bands such as Nirvana and Alice In Chains."[16]

Myers is also a fan of Enya, and that influence is apparent on sophomore album Take Me To The Disco. She confirmed the song "Some People" follows Enya's lead.[14]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sale figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[17]
US
Alt.
[18]
US
Rock
[19]
US
Album
[20]
US
Digital
[21]
Sorry 79 15 21 48 24
Take Me to the Disco 182 17 40 20 10

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[23]
US
Rock
Air.

[24]
US
Rock
[25]
"Monster" 2011 -- -- -- Daughter in the Choir
"Curbstomp" 2012 -- -- --
"Tennessee"
(featuring Doctor Rosen)
-- -- --
"Heart Heart Head" 2013 -- -- -- Make a Shadow
"Desire" 17 35 39
"Sorry" 2015 16 26 -- Sorry
"Lemon Eyes" 23 42 --
"Motel" 2016 -- -- --
"Numb" 2018 32 -- -- Take Me to the Disco
"--" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays

Daughter in the Choir (2012)

Myers' debut EP, Daughter in the Choir, contains elements of modern pop music combined with lyrical angst and rawness.[26][27]

Track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Curbstomp"Meg Myers, Andrew Robert RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen4:09
2."Adelaide"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen3:36
3."Tennessee" (featuring Doctor Rosen Rosen)Eric Frederic, Myers and RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen2:03
4."After You"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen4:54
5."Poison"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen3:40
6."Monster"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen3:48
7."Monster" (Semothy Jones Remix)Myers, RosenSemothy Jones3:11
Total length:25:21

Make a Shadow (2014)

Track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Desire"Meg Myers, Andrew Robert RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen4:45
2."Go"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen2:55
3."Make a Shadow"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen4:23
4."Heart Heart Head"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen4:12
5."The Morning After"Myers, RosenDoctor Rosen Rosen3:22
Total length:19:37

Videography

Title Year Director
"Monster"[28] 2011 A.P. Fischer
"Tennessee"[29] 2012 Dave Seger
"Curbstomp"[30] Trish Sie
"Heart Heart Head"[31] 2013 Elliott Sellers
"Cold"[32]
"Desire"[33] Jordan Bahat
"Go"[34] 2014 Robert Hales
"Sorry"[35] 2015 Andrew Donoho
"Lemon Eyes"[36] David Vincent Wolf
"Motel"[37] 2016 Justin Nolan Key
"Numb"[38] 2018 Clara Aranovich

Popular culture

"Monster" played during the end credits to the Season 1 finale of Banshee.[39]

"Curbstomp" along with "Go" both appeared in The Originals episodes "The Casket Girls" and "Alive and Kicking" respectively.

"Make a Shadow" appeared on Teen Wolf in addition to the film American Satan.

References

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  4. ^ "Life+Times Video Premiere: Meg Myers "Heart Heart Head"". lifeandtimes.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Meg Myers - "Desire"". stereogum.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Meg Myers' New Video For "Desire" Is Terrifyingly Beautiful". noisey.vice.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Hear Meg Myers' Lovelorn Reflection on 'The Morning After'". spin.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Tomorrow's Hits: Meg Myers' 'Desire' Grows At Alternative; Jungle, RaeLynn Rise". billboard.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Tomorrow's Hits: Meg Myers' 'Desire' Grows At Alternative; Jungle, RaeLynn Rise". billboard.com. Retrieved .
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  12. ^ "Meg Myers on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Sikorski, David (27 June 2018). "Meg Myers sets sail across the "Jealous Sea" in a dark and brooding new single [Premiere] - EARMILK". EARMILK. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "Interview: Meg Myers in a good place nearing new album's release". passtheaux.co. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Meg Myers". Atlantic Records. Atlantic Records.
  16. ^ "MEG MYERS' STAR CHART". interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved .
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  19. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/meg-myers/chart-history/rock-albums
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/meg-myers/chart-history/top-album-sales
  21. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/meg-myers/chart-history/digital-albums
  22. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sorry/id1020769172
  23. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  25. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Meg Myers - "Daughter In The Choir (EP)"". Indie Current. Retrieved 2012.
  27. ^ Lester, Paul (April 4, 2012). "New band of the day: Meg Myers (No 1,243)". The Guardian.
  28. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=GVQqZg5BisE
  29. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=XfdOHwntvJY
  30. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=HZGQoZVIqS4
  31. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=Xvh_0CuMMtM
  32. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=7GHT8NYffvY
  33. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=bR5u9jb0PJE
  34. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=TM2m371xLxw
  35. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=Ym1J5IAk2P4
  36. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=-WH564kzkzI
  37. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=CvR4EXOnAtE
  38. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=ORaln6aPqUk
  39. ^ "Banshee Season 1 Music as well as an episode of Catfish Season 2". Retrieved .

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