Megan, CMA Fest — how exciting to be playing it!
I’m SO EXCITED! Saturday June 8. 1:30 pm. Spotlight Stage. Meet & Greet to follow!
When you play a show, what do you want to deliver to the audience?
I want to take people somewhere else even just for a few minutes. I want people to leave feeling full. Like you came to the show hungry and got stuffed with great music. (Food metaphor, of course)
What do you want the audience to feel?
The goal, for me is always to make the listener feel how I felt when I wrote the song. That goes for fun songs like, “Tequila Told Me To” or more vulnerable, heart wrenching ones like, “It Don’t Break My Heart.”
Can you give us a preview of what songs you’ll be playing?
Well… you might hear a song or two from my EP, “Leather Souls.”
What are three things you look for when you see an artist play live?
It’s definitely different watching a live show as a musician than it is to watch as a fan. I study every show I see. Since I’m always performing, it’s a treat when I get to take a load off and watch someone else put on a show! I love to see an artist play TO the audience as opposed to playing AT the audience if that makes sense. I also love when the artist is respectful of the musicians and crew that make the show possible. And when artists are gracious to fans, that’s my absolute favorite.
Give us an insider tip on what bands or artists that are about to break that fans should make sure to see at CMA Fest.
For fans coming to Nashville for the first time, what should be on their to see list?
BUY SOME BOOTS! I can personally vouch for the “Buy 1, Get 2 Free.” It’s legit.
Any restaurants you recommend?
The George Jones has great food and a great rooftop!
How has your weekly Jammin In Jammies evolved since you started it?
Jammin In Jammies has been a wonderful adventure. I’ve made so many incredible friends and heard so much unbelievable talent. It’s definitely a lot of work. A lot goes on behind the scenes that you don’t see on social media or at the show. As for how the show has evolved, it’s for sure constantly evolving and growing. It’s gained a reputation for itself and I’m so proud of what it has become. It’s very special to me and I can’t wait to share what’s next!
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Keith Urban would be the ultimate.
Concept behind your Leather Souls EP (“I Cuss When I Pray” still brings tears to my heart, love it so much.)
Thank you so much. The “concept” behind the EP was just to put 4 special songs together that represent me best as an artist and try and get it in as many hands as possible! I’ve been putting music out as an independent artist since I was a teenager. I’m so proud of my journey and I think you can hear the passion and all the years of hard work in this project.
In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
Perfect segue! When I first started releasing music, it was a little less country honestly. As a teenager, I loved (and still do) John Mayer, Matchbox Twenty, Maroon 5, KT Tunstall, and more. Soon after this, I rediscovered my roots of country music and my music naturally took a turn back that direction. I love all kinds of music. Always have, always will. But country music is literally in my DNA.
What song of your dad’s is your favorite to play?
Too many to choose. Since my dad was a professional songwriter and my mom was in music as well, I grew up with new demos constantly playing in our house. My favorite songs are the 90’s country demos not very many people ever heard. They run through my head all the time still to this day. Those songs are very special to me. They shaped who I am.
Fondest memory of studio/writing sessions of his you sat in on growing up?
I loved to sing, write songs, and “play guitar” even when I was small. (See photo on meganbarker.com) My parents would bring me to sessions and I was a social butterfly talking to the musicians and asking them questions. I’ve always been fascinated with the process of creating music. From start to finish.
You auditioned for “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” and the “X-Factor.”What advice do you have for young girls and women who want to be musicians or are currently pursuing a music career?
As a female in country music, I can truly say the best thing for me has been getting my hands dirty. I’ve never been afraid of hard work. For years I’ve done live music for a living. I booked my own gigs, did my own invoicing, loaded and set up my own gear, acted as my own sound man, and so much more. I would write songs during the day and then play 4 + hours of cover songs at night. I’ve been my own make up artist, wardrobe stylist, website designer, album artwork designer, social media manger, and so much more. Long story short, be a one woman show who doesn’t need anyone to do anything for her.
How can women musicians in indie music be supported so they get more recognition?
Be undeniably good at what you do. Be kind to everyone you meet. If you’re talented and kind, people talk. And women definitely need to support each other. I love that Carrie Underwood has Runaway June and Maddie & Tae out on the road. I think that’s evidence right there of the tide changing. (Ed. Note: Cry Pretty Tour 360)