Megan Slankard

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Megan Slankard
Megan Slankard - SXSW 2011 - Austin - 3-19-11.jpg
Slankard performing at the 2011 SXSW Music Festival.
Background information
Born (1983-06-06) June 6, 1983 (age 35)
OriginTracy, California, United States
GenresPop, Rock
Years active2001–present
LabelsMegan Slankard Music (2001—present),
KC Turner Music (2008—present)
WebsiteMegan Slankard Official Website

Megan Slankard (born June 6, 1983, Tracy, California) is an American musician and singer-songwriter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Slankard began learning the guitar when she was 10 years old.[2] At age 17, Slankard produced and recorded her first album, Lady is a Pirate, with her brother at home on her computer.[1][2]


After turning 18, Slankard toured with David Knopfler as the opening act for his European tour [1][2] and co-wrote the title song of his album Ship of Dreams.[3]

In July 2004, Slankard appeared on an episode of TLC's What Not to Wear. The episode first aired July 16, 2004.[4]

Slankard's album Freaky Little Story appeared on the Acoustic Guitar 2004 Top 5 list[1][2] and became a top ten seller on the Amazon CD sales chart.[5] In 2005, she released the EP album A Little Extra Sun produced by Adam Rossi.[5]

According to her web site, she was a semi-finalist in Discmaker’s 2007 Independent Music World Series and International Songwriting Competition and finalist in the 2008 and 2009 Musician’s Atlas/Borders Books Independent Music Awards. She was the January 2009 Top 5 artist in the Famecast Competition.[6] She released her album A Token Of The Wreckage in 2011.[7]

In July 2011, Slankard (composer, guitar, mandolin, vocals ), Joel Ackerson (composer, engineer, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Zack Teran (upright bass, vocals), and Eric Andersen (composer, piano, vocals) formed The Novelists, a Reno-based lyrical rock band. The four singer-songwriters collaborated to produce the band’s debut album, "Backstory", released January 1, 2012.[8]

Slankard's music has also been featured on San Francisco radio's KFOG compilation CD. She was a final selection artist for RPM Direct Presents: Unsigned Artists Volume 3 compilation CD; an A&R Online featured artist; a Song and Film Spotlight artist; and, an Acoustic Cafe featured artist on the “One to Watch” syndicated radio program (sponsored by the USA Songwriting Competition).[citation needed]

Slankard was nominated for the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Folk/Singer Songwriter Song of the year for her song "The Happy Birthday".[9][10] Slankard won the 8th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop award in the Best Cover Song category for her rendering of the song "America".[9][11]

Personal life[edit]

Slankard appeared on an episode of TLC's What Not to Wear in July 2004 and in a follow up episode a year later.[1][6]


Slankard's preferred equipment includes:[2]

  • Acoustic guitars: 1999 Guild D55 guitar, a 2000 Taylor 614ce guitar, and a Takamine C132S
  • Electric guitar: Daisy Rock's Rock Candy Special
  • Keyboard: Korg Triton Extreme EXT61
  • Home recording equipment: MOTU 828mkII; Digidesign Mbox 2 with Pro Tools LE


Studio albums[edit]

EPs and singles[edit]

Appearances on other albums and singles[edit]

  • Stop and Go Jeff Campbell (2012)
  • In Spite of Everything Jeff Campbell (2013)
  • "The Kitchen Sink" Jeff Campbell (TBA)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Miller, D. Patrick. "Keeping it Real". Fearless Books. Fearless Books. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e Miller, Patirck D. (August 1, 2006). "Megan Slankard". Acoustic Guitar.
  3. ^ Cahill, Greg (Nov 21, 2008). "Roots Rock Rebels". Pacific Sun.
  4. ^ "What Not To Wear: Megan Slankard". Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  5. ^ a b McCarthy, Sean L. (Oct 18, 2005). "Cable show helps singer Slankard dress for success". Boston Herald.
  6. ^ a b Official web site, Bio, Retrieved April 22, 2011
  7. ^ Unknown author (March 10, 2011). "Music Picks". AZ Daily Star.
  8. ^ "Overview". AllMusic. AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Megan Slankard". The Independent Music Awards. Music Resource Group LLC. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Past IMA Programs". The Independent Music Awards. Music Resource Group LLC. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Song Nominees : 8th Annual Independent Music Awards". The Independent Music Awards. Music Resource Group LLC. Retrieved 14 November 2013.