Meg Mac

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Meg Mac
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Background information
Birth nameMegan Sullivan McInerney
Born (1990-07-06) 6 July 1990 (age 28)
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard
Years active2013–present
LabelslittleBIGMAN/Inertia, 300 Entertainment, EMI Music Australia
Websitemegmac.com.au

Megan Sullivan McInerney (born 6 July 1990 in Sydney, Australia), known by her stage name Meg Mac, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She signed to littleBIGMAN records in 2014, locally, and 300 Entertainment in United States.[1]

Early career[edit]

Mac started developing her singing as soon as she could speak.[2] She started writing songs as a teen.[3] She began a degree in Digital Media but soon quit this after she moved to Perth to study music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. After completing her degree, she recorded "Known Better" and submitted it to Triple J's Unearthed program. At this point, she decided to move from Perth to Melbourne and left on a road trip with a car load of friends. It was during this trip as they were approaching Melbourne that she discovered that Triple J were planning to play her song that evening.[4]

Musical career[edit]

2013–2017: Career beginnings and Low Blows[edit]

The initial exposure on Triple J catapulted Mac's musical career. She was the Unearthed Featured Artist of the Week in 2013[5] and Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2014.[6]

In July 2014, Mac announced her first national headline tour to promote her debut extended play, MegMac, which was issued on 12 September that year on littleBIGMAN Records.[7] On Triple J, the national youth radio station, she was announced as their "Unearthed Artist of 2014",[8] while Marie Claire Australia chose her as an "Artist to Watch" for 2015[9] and she received a nomination for Rolling Stone Australia's "Best New Talent" Award.[10]

She was reviewed by The New York Times, BuzzFeed,[11] and Daytrotter. Mac toured supporting Clean Bandit.[12]

On 15 August 2015, Mac achieved her first top 50 chart appearance with "Never Be", which entered the ARIA Singles Chart at No. 39.[13] It out-peaked her first top 100 single, "Roll Up Your Sleeves", which had reached No. 80 in August 2014.[13][14] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 she was nominated for Best Female Artist for MEGMAC and Breakthrough Artist for "Never Be".[15] On 26 January 2016 "Never Be" made it to No.11 on the Triple J Hottest 100.

Mac's debut album Low Blows was released on 14 July 2017,[16] and entered the ARIA Chart at No.2

2018–present: Second studio album[edit]

In October 2018, Mac released the single "Give Me My Name Back" which she told Billboard "is a song for those who have suffered emotional and physical abuse; it's for the women who are standing up and speaking out, those discriminated against in the LGBTQI community, the indigenous people of Australia and the children abused by the church. For everyone who has lost an important part of themselves and need to reclaim their identity, dignity and self-worth in order to move forward with their lives."[17]

Tours[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[23]
Low Blows 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Certifications
MegMac
  • Release date: 12 September 2014 (AUS), 7 April 2015 (US)
  • Label: LittleBIGMan/Inertia (AUS), 300 Entertainment (US)
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with chart position
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[23]
"Known Better" 2013 MegMac
"Every Lie"
"Roll Up Your Sleeves" 2014 80
"Never Be" 2015 39 N/A
"Low Blows" 2017 Low Blows
"Maybe It's My First Time"[25] 92
"Don't Need Permission"[26]
"Give Me My Name Back" [27] 2018 N/A
"Something Tells Me" [28] 2019 N/A

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Album
"Reaction"
(Dan Sultan featuring Meg Mac)[29]
2018 Killer Under a Blood Moon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "300 Entertainment".
  2. ^ "singing".
  3. ^ "teen".
  4. ^ Yates, Rod. "The Rise and Rise of Meg Mac". Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ "triple j Unearthed". Facebook. Triple J. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Meg Mac wins Unearthed Artist of the year". Triple J. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b Moskovitch, Greg (16 July 2014). "Meg Mac Announces Debut EP, National Tour". Music Feeds. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Unearthed Artist of 2014".
  9. ^ "Marie Claire Australia".
  10. ^ "Rolling Stones Australia".
  11. ^ "Buzzfeed".
  12. ^ "Clean Bandit".
  13. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (15 August 2015). "ARIA Singles: Delta Goodrem 'Wings' Tops Australian Chart". Noise11. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  14. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 8 September 2014. pp. 4, 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  15. ^ ARIA Music Awards for Meg Mac:
  16. ^ "Meg Mac Announces Debut Album Release Date, Chucks In A Tour For Good Measure". Music Feeds. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  17. ^ Lukarcanin, Emina. "Meg Mac Wants Her 'Name Back' in Powerful New Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  18. ^ "SXSW".
  19. ^ "Clean Bandit's US tour".
  20. ^ "Groovin' the Moo Festival".
  21. ^ "2015".
  22. ^ https://www.facebook.com/MegMacMusic/app/123966167614127/
  23. ^ a b Peak chart positions in Australia:
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  25. ^ BWW News Desk. "MEG MAC releases new track; 'Maybe It's My First Time'". Broadway World. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  26. ^ Ortiz, Edwin. "Premiere: Meg Mac Shares Empowering New Song "Don't Need Permission"". Complex. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Give Me My Name Back – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  28. ^ "Something Tells Me – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Dan Sultan features Meg Mac on second single from collab EP". Music Insight. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2019.