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Megan Barker’s New Single “Smokin’ Again” — Fighting the Urge to Light an Old Flame

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Megan Barker came into this world with songwriting in her blood. Born in Nashville, Barker’s dad wrote songs for legends like Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr, and more. By the age of 16, she was living in Las Vegas and performing live music professionally on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, and opening concerts for superstars like Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band, and more.

Born in Nashville. Your songwriter dad wrote for Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr., and others. Which artists most influenced his songwriting?

My dad was such true lover of great songwriting. One of his favorite songwriters of all time was Dallas Frazier.

Singing “You’ll Be In My Heart” with your mom. Growing up, which artists did your mom love to listen to?

My mom was a huge fan of Carole King and James Taylor when she was a kid. So when I was a kid, she introduced me to those records and they ABSOLUTELY helped shaped me into the writer and artist I am today. My mom and I have always had a special bond through music.

Las Vegas. Playing live music on the strip as a teen. Off-the-strip favorite music venues to go to a show?

First Friday is such a special event that happens every month in Las Vegas. It’s an arts and music festival and it’s full of talent!

Three years ago, a return to your hometown. What are some things left on your Music City bucket list?

I’m manifesting playing The Ryman and Grand Ole Opry in the next year. That’s the biggest one.

Jammin In Jammies. Songwriters. Two years of bringing people together through music. Double-wave signature greeting. From six months at home, now back to The George Jones. What influenced you to start the show in 2018?

Jammies was kind of born out of necessity. I was playing live music for a living. I was playing shows every night which was so fun, but I wasn’t meeting the right people. I thought if I started my own weekly writers night that maybe I could get the right people to come to me once a week. Adding the pajama theme was just me wanting to stand out from the crowd. I somehow convinced some incredible hit songwriters to join in the fun and here we are 2.5 years later! I’m so grateful and proud to be a part of a show that has such a warm and respected reputation.

“Home is where the cat hair is.” Real life during online shows. Cat. Guitar. Do you have a funny fan story to share from a live show?

Recently I joined my friend, artist and songwriter, Holly Auna, on her livestream. She was in the middle of a beautiful heartfelt ballad, (her new single, “Lonely”) when my cat, Snow came and jumped up in my lap, knocked over my guitar and of course Holly and I erupted in laughter. What else can ya do!? These things definitely didn’t used to happen at the real live shows! 2020 has been an adventure to say the least!

McPherson Guitars. Having fans help name your guitar. Advice for artists looking for a new guitar?

I’ve always been a Martin girl. My mahogany Martin I had for 7 years was destroyed by an airline on my way to play shows in Scotland & Ireland last year. McPherson guitars heard about the ordeal and offered to send me a Carbon Fiber Touring Series Guitar. It’s been a game changer. The action is incredible. It’s easy to play, durable, and small enough to take everywhere. It became an extension of myself immediately. I hardly leave home without it!

Number ones from Gabby Barrett and Ingrid Andress. Which up-and-coming female artists are on your playlist?

You just named two great up and coming females. I love both of them. One of my best friends I previously mentioned, Holly Auna is fantastic. She’s written songs with Tenille Arts who I also think is a rising superstar. She’s probably just hit your local country radio waves! Tiera is so great as well.

Blue Check Mark. Importance of social media, especially now. “Tequila Told Me To” and “When My Boots Were New” from your Leather Souls EP — fan favorites. How do fans inspire the music you create?

Artists create out of necessity. We have to have some sort of creative outlet. Having people enjoy it is just icing on the already-fun cake.

“2020 has been weird, but it’s also been magical.” What are some career positives from the past few months?

I’ve got more music coming out before the end of the year. I’ve written some wonderful songs during quarantine. I’ve somehow maintained a super busy schedule for someone working out her home office.

“Smokin’ Again”. “Fighting the urge to ignite an old flame. Like a habit you can’t kick.”Writing during the pandemic. You said you’ve written some of your favorite songs this year. How has the time off influenced songwriters?

I think getting time to step away from your routine is good. A Caribbean vacation would’ve been nice, but a pandemic will do the trick. Jokes aside, it’s been a crazy time. I’ve enjoyed spending quality time with my family. I’ve organized every room in my house, but somehow it gets cluttered daily. (Curse of a creative) And it’s given me time to reflect musically speaking. Reflect on where I’ve been. Reflect on where I’m going.

What message do you hope fans take away from your new song?

Breaking old habits is hard. There’s beauty in making mistakes and there’s beauty in learning from them.

Taking promo shots during the pandemic. What other challenges did you face getting everything ready for the single release?

Releasing music as an independent artist is tough. There’s so much that goes into it. You find yourself sending so many emails and making so many phone calls. It’s nice to have friends help spread the word. And it’s nice when it’s finally out in the world!

Bucket list. Write a song for a Disney movie. Have any of your songs been inspired by a Disney movie?

I have a song called “Brave” on Spotify and Apple Music. I had a Disney movie in mind when I wrote it. Maybe someday!

Social distancing on the water. Bananagrams. How has having more time with loved ones helped you through these past few months?

Family and the ones we love are all that matter at the end of the day. It’s been wonderful spending time with my family. Banangrams is a 10/10 way to pass the time when you’ve watched everything on Netflix.

Binge watching Sherlock and Schitt’s Creek. What else have you been doing at home during the quarantine?

Those are two of my favorite shows of all time. So great! I’m currently watching X-Files for the first time and it’s BLOWING MY MIND. I’m obsessed. I also learned how to make homemade pizza and I haven’t ordered out since. Check out the pre-made dough at Publix.

Healthy eating. Breakfast burrito. Favorite celebrity chef and recipes?

I’m a HUGE fan of Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray. I love that Bobby is a proper chef, but makes everything seem easy and casual. He’s always prepping for a BBQ. I’m here for that kinda vibe. And I respect Rachael Ray because she’s not a chef, doesn’t claim to be, but girl can COOK.


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