Meg Myers

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Meg Myers
Myers performing in 2020
Myers performing in 2020
Background information
Birth nameJanice Sue Meghan Myers[1]
Born (1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 34)
Nashville, Tennessee
OriginLos Angeles, California
Genres
Instruments
Years active2011 (2011)–present
Labels
Associated actsDoctor Rosen Rosen
Websitemegmyers.com

Janice Sue Meghan Myers (born October 6, 1986), who goes by the name Meg Myers, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Originally from Tennessee, Myers moved to Los Angeles to pursue music and met Doctor Rosen Rosen, who signed her to his production company. In 2012, Myers released her first EP, Daughter in the Choir. Later that year, she signed to Atlantic Records, with which she released the Make a Shadow EP (2014) and her debut album, Sorry (2015). She later departed Atlantic for 300 Entertainment and released Take Me to the Disco, her second album, in 2018.

Early life[edit]

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 an 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 (and learning from her brother) to play bass and guitar.[2] She played in a band named Feeling Numb that her brother started and named in Coral Springs, Florida.

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. After the relationship with her boyfriend ended, Myers 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."[3]

Career[edit]

2012–2014: Daughter in the Choir, signing with Atlantic Records, and Make a Shadow[edit]

Myers in 2014

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.[2] 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.[citation needed] In August 2012, Myers completed a month-long residency at Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles and began to generate interest from record labels.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

2014–2017: Sorry[edit]

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.[citation needed] "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.[8] It went on to peak at number 17 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[9] 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 the Governors Ball Music Festival, Bunbury Music Festival, Buzz Beach Ball, and Lollapalooza. The New York Times commented on Myers’s 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's 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, Running Up That Hill cover, and EPs with Sumerian Records[edit]

Myers performing at the Observatory, Los Angeles, in 2018

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.[10] "Numb" is about the struggles trying to fit Atlantic Records' expectations for her.

The title track for the album was released on June 1 of that year.[11] The third single from the album, "Jealous Sea", was released on June 28.[12] 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.[13]

“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.”[13]

On March 6, 2019 Myers released a cover of "Running Up That Hill", originally by Kate Bush.[14] With the release, it was also announced that she would be releasing a collection of seven original songs that were recorded as part of the Take Me To The Disco sessions (but were not included on the album) in early summer 2019.[15] However, the EP was not released in 2019 for unknown reasons. Myers then stated during a livestream on her Patreon on April 27, 2020 that the project had evolved into two EPs to be released later in the year. She announced during another Patreon livestream on June 22, 2020 that the two EPs will be titled "Thank U 4 Taking Me 2 The Disco" and "I'd Like 2 Go Home Now". On July 26, 2020 it was announced during a Patreon livestream that her next single would be titled "Any Way You Wanna Love". "Any Way You Wanna Love" was released on September 30, 2020 on Sumerian Records. With the release, it was announced that the EPs would be released on November 13, 2020.[16]

Musical style and influences[edit]

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.'"[3]

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."[17]

Myers is also a fan of Enya. She confirmed the song "Some People" follows Enya's lead.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sale figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[18]
US
Alt.

[19]
US
Rock

[20]
Sorry 79 15 21
Take Me to the Disco
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download, streaming
182 17 40

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[22]
Daughter In the Choir
  • Released: April 19, 2013
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD,[23] Digital download, streaming
Make a Shadow
  • Released: February 7, 2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
36
Spotify Sessions[24]
  • Released: December 18, 2015
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: streaming
Thank U 4 Taking Me 2 The Disco
  • Released: November 13, 2020
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: LP,[25] CD, digital download, streaming
I'd Like 2 Go Home Now
  • Released: November 13, 2020
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: LP,[25] CD, digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
AAA

[26]
US
Alt
Airplay

[27]
US
Rock

[28]
CAN
Rock

[29]
"Monster" 2011 Daughter in the Choir
"Curbstomp" 2012
"Tennessee"
(featuring Doctor Rosen)
"Heart Heart Head" 2013 Make a Shadow
"Desire" 17 39
"Sorry" 2015 16 [A] Sorry
"Lemon Eyes" 23 [B]
"Motel" 2016
"Numb" 2018 32 Take Me to the Disco
"Take Me to the Disco"
"Jealous Sea"
"Running Up That Hill" 2019 23 1 4 32 Non-album single
"Any Way You Wanna Love"[31] 2020 30 Thank U 4 Taking Me 2 The Disco
"I Hope You Cry"[32]
"The Underground"[33] 2021 31 30
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sorry" did not chart on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart but did peak at number 26 on the Rock Airplay chart.[30]
  2. ^ "Lemon Eyes" did not chart on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart but did peak at number 42 on the Rock Airplay chart.[30]

Videography[edit]

Title Year Director
"Monster"[34] 2011 A.P. Fischer
"Tennessee"[35] 2012 Dave Seger
"Curbstomp"[36] Trish Sie
"Heart Heart Head"[37] 2013 Elliott Sellers
"Cold"[38]
"Desire"[39] Jordan Bahat
"Go"[40] 2014 Robert Hales
"Sorry"[41] 2015 Andrew Donoho
"Lemon Eyes"[42] David Vincent Wolf
"Motel"[43] 2016 Justin Nolan Key
"Numb"[44] 2018 Clara Aranovich
"Jealous Sea"[45]
"Running Up That Hill"[46] 2019 Jo Roy
"Any Way You Wanna Love"[47] 2021 Max Moore
"The Underground"[48] Mike Anderson

Appearances in film and television[edit]

"Monster" played during the end credits to the Season 1 finale of Banshee.[49]

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

Curbstomp in CSI New York

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

"Constant" appeared in an episode of American Idol in March 2019.

"Desire" appeared in the teaser promo for the second season of Hanna.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, Janice Sue Meghan. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Weiss, Jeff (March 14, 2012). "Meg Myers Is a Fucking Monster. That's a Compliment". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Meg Myers". Atlantic Records. Atlantic Records. Archived from the original on January 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Life+Times Video Premiere: Meg Myers "Heart Heart Head"". lifeandtimes.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Meg Myers - "Desire"". stereogum.com. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Meg Myers' New Video For "Desire" Is Terrifyingly Beautiful". noisey.vice.com. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hear Meg Myers' Lovelorn Reflection on 'The Morning After'". spin.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Tomorrow's Hits: Meg Myers' 'Desire' Grows At Alternative; Jungle, RaeLynn Rise". billboard.com. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Meg Myers – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Meg Myers on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Sikorski, David (June 27, 2018). "Meg Myers sets sail across the "Jealous Sea" in a dark and brooding new single [Premiere] - EARMILK". EARMILK. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Interview: Meg Myers in a good place nearing new album's release". Passtheaux.co. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Meg Myers shares powerful new cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"". Megmyers.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "Login • Instagram". Instagram.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "MEG MYERS' STAR CHART". Interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  18. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  19. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History - Alternative Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History - Top Rock Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "Sorry by Meg Myers". Music.apple.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  22. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  23. ^ "DAUGHTER IN THE CHOIR CD EP". Warner Music Store. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  24. ^ "Spotify Sessions by Meg Myers". Open.spotify.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  25. ^ a b "Meg Myers - 'Thank U 4 Taking Me 2 The Disco' + 'I'd Like 2 Go Home Now' (LP)". Sumerianmerch.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  26. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History: Triple A Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  27. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  28. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  29. ^ "Meg Myers Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  30. ^ a b "Meg Myers Chart History - Rock Airplay". Billboard.com. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  31. ^ "Future Releases: Alternative". Allaccess.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  32. ^ "i hope you cry - single by Meg Myers". Spotify. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  33. ^ "Future Releases: Alternative". Allaccess.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  34. ^ "Meg Myers - Monster [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  35. ^ "Meg Myers - Tennessee (feat. Doctor Rosen Rosen) [NERF WAR] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  36. ^ "Meg Myers - Curbstomp [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  37. ^ "Meg Myers - Heart Heart Head [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  38. ^ "Meg Myers - Cold [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  39. ^ "Meg Myers - Desire [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  40. ^ "Meg Myers - Go [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  41. ^ "Meg Myers - Sorry [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  42. ^ "- YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  43. ^ "Meg Myers "Motel" [Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  44. ^ "Meg Myers - Numb [Official Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  45. ^ "Meg Myers - Jealous Sea [Official Music Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  46. ^ "Meg Myers - Running Up That Hill [Official Video] - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  47. ^ "Meg Myers - Any Way You Wanna Love (Official Music Video) - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  48. ^ "Meg Myers - The Underground (Official Music Video) - YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  49. ^ "Banshee Season 1 Music as well as an episode of Catfish Season 2". Retrieved March 16, 2013.

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