Genre: Neo-soul, Jazz, Pop, Singer-Songwriter
Location: Sydney, Australia
Discography: Meg Mac EP (2014)
Record Label: 300 Entertainment
Our next showcase artist is the excellent Sydney based singer-songwriter Meg Mac. Meg has a great vocal and reminds us of Missy Higgins and Rae Morris, which we really love. Meg is also one of our LCM 'One to watch for 2015'.
Meg's first recording “Known Better” received heavy airplay on Australia’s Triple J after Meg submitted it to Triple J Unearthed in 2013. She sold out her first headline tour. Triple J named her “Unearthed Artist of 2014,”while Marie Claire Australia chose her as an “Artist To Watch” for 2015 and she received a nomination for Rolling Stone Australia’s “Best New Talent” Award. The Sydney, Australia singer and songwriter has drawn buzz from the likes of The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Daytrotter and enjoyed a veritable breakout moment stateside at SXSW as well as a United States tour with Clean Bandit.
The Meg Mac EP is the culmination of her tireless work over the past few years, capturing both raw emotion and searing soul. EP opener “Roll Up Your Sleeves” begins with a soft piano melody before blossoming into a heavenly hook of, “Everything is gonna be alright.” She explains, “It’s as if I wrote a letter talking to myself. That’s how it started. It’s hard to do the right thing sometimes. It can be scary. It’s easier to pretend you don’t care, but I’m assuring myself that if I do the right thing, it will work out.” The jazz-y beat and smoky energy of “Turning” would feel right at home in a film noir, while Meg takes blues luminary Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands” and brings a modern panache down to the Delta. “I really started to appreciate Bill Withers a few years ago. There is something about this song that made me want to sing it the first time I heard it. I love putting my own spin on the song and performing it live!” “Known Better” pensively ponders regret, while “Every Lie” walks the line between gospel bombast and blissful alternative soul. It’s another confessional from Meg who adds, “It’s probably obvious that was the first time I felt a bit burned by someone and had a breakup. I was in shock because I’d never had these feelings before. If there is one lie and you found it - you can drive yourself crazy thinking about all the lies that you didn’t find.”
All of these stories really come to life when she hits the stage though. Her voice can fill any room, while her delivery swings between intimate and intense. “It requires heaps of singing,” she affirms. “I try to involve everyone, I don’t close my eyes when I sing really, I try to look everyone in the eye. I want to give them everything and let them know how I feel.”
That’s undoubtedly what Meg will continue to do as she tours worldwide and releases her first full-length album in late 2015. The spotlight is going to stay on her and that voice