With an equal love and influence from a wide style of genres, Meghann Wright's songs of love, liquored memories, heartbreak, and resilience resonate with anyone listening. The Brooklyn-based Singer/Songwriter is a songstress that finds her way into all of our hearts, traveling a path paved with lost loves through a life of contrasts that can be felt and heard the moment you push play.
A daunting childhood in a family of talented musicians, Meghann stood out in the culturally-diverse, destitute, and ignored parts of Hawaii. Her move to New York City showed a willingness to change and grow. Jamming with musicians in the eclectic Metro scene, she could be heard with metal and hardcore bands one night, and playing folk and indie rock the next. Her voice is accessible and alluring: she embraces the closing-time bluntness of Amy Winehouse, the strength and conviction of Sheryl Crow, the husky soul of Janis Joplin and Adele, and even the twang, catchiness and subtle grit of Dolly Parton. But in these dissimilar styles, Meghann finds a common thread that’s recognizable when she sings. Her lyrics tell stories of struggles and strength while her voice comforts and touches the soul.
And Meghann touches the soul easily. “Can’t Carry Water” has the weight similar ballads try for. Its wounded-soul country-folk ascends to something poignant through adding layers of guitars and wavering vocal harmonies that would make Emmylou Harris grin. “Left My Heart in Brooklyn” is similar, but the warmth she feels for the eponymous borough keeps it lighter, letting it shift from blue to hopeful. Then there’s “Cocaine,” an ode to self-emancipation and benders that stretch to daylight. The song’s gleeful vulgarity kicks you in the throat, but ends reminding you that no matter how great the blow and whiskey are, the broken heart remains.
Meghann’s songs are largely inspired by her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, where her DIY ethos has caught the eye of the music industry and the hearts of fans. She supports other artists with The City & The Heart, a showcase for female NYC-based singer/songwriters. From playing dozens of shows to hosting open mic nights throughout New York, Meghann works relentlessly to build a name as an artist with something to give back to her city, her craft, and her conscience.
Playing dimly lit bars, working double shifts to stay afloat, and writing songs in empty apartments overlooking a well-known skyline helped mend the soul that’s present in Meghann’s music. We’re familiar with the needling pain of heartbreak and the hazy journeys to forget it; the thread stitching hurt and happiness together is evident in her music and connects you to it. And whether it needs folk, country, soul, or pop, Meghann Wright assures you that she has a handle on whatever’s necessary to tell a story. What matters to her is the heart and soul of the song, how to get to it, and making sure you both enjoy and feel it.