Megan Rae is not your average seventeen-year-old girl-next-door. She’s the girl-next- door who can really deliver a country song with emotion, power and grace. With a vocal maturity far beyond her years and a remarkably unusual ability to turn a phrase, listeners are immediately reminded of Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, a young Patsy Cline or even Loretta Lynn when experiencing Megan Rae’s dynamic and traditional country voice for the first time.
Megan Rae’s knack for interpreting a song, (like Ronstadt), was recognized early on and she quickly caught the attention of famed producer, Robyn Robins (of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band fame). Robins spread the word to peers in rock and country and a team of renowned artists and songwriters eagerly appeared on the scene to write and record for Megan Rae’s debut album sessions in Nashville and Michigan.
Stepping up to the plate were music industry luminaries: Mark Farner (lead singer and songwriter of Grand Funk Railroad), Paul Warren (lead guitarist for Rod Stewart), Alto Reed and Drew Abbott (of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band), Shaun Murphy of Little Feat and famed songwriter Vince Melamed who played with Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett and Roseanne Cash and wrote Trisha Yearwood’s signature hit, ‘Walk Away Joe’. Nashville A-team session fiddle player Joe Spivey (John Anderson’s Seminole Wind) lent his deft hand and ear to overdub closing sessions in Nashville. Not since perhaps the Eagles stepping up to support Richard Marx’s debut in the 80’s, can I remember this level of support and peer acceptance for a new artist coming from such legends.
As recording progressed, Megan Rae’s talents were brought to Nashville manager/publicist, Jim Della Croce at Pathfinder Management by longtime associate Mark Farner. “When Mark speaks, I listen,” begins Della Croce. “Mark told me that he just played and sang on some sessions for this amazing fourteen-year old country singer in Michigan and I ought to check her out. I flew to Grand Rapids, Michigan and spent the day in the studio with Megan and her producer, Robyn Robins, and was pinned to the console. I then arranged for Merle Haggard and John Anderson’s longtime booking agent Bobby Roberts to meet Megan in Nashville and in no time flat, he too raised his hand. I then spoke with Grammy Winning photographer and director, Jim Shea [James Taylor, Eagles, Barbra Streisand, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, John Prine] who, without hesitation, jumped in with both feet and began her album’s photo sessions and she was off to the races,” he concludes.
Megan Rae’s self-assured live vocal performance and recording style again reflects Linda Ronstadt finding her voice on “Tumbling Dice” and “Blue Bayou” matched with the unusual poise of a young artist ready to step on the national stage and take her rightful place among those special young artists bent on singing, performing and recording traditional country music for a new generation and traditional country music lovers alike.
About the Single and Album: Megan Rae’s debut single and video (directed by Jim Shea) is “Anywhere You Wanna Go Day” which is slated for a July 2011 release. Megan Rae traveled to Los Angeles, California with Jim Shea to shoot her video in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Hollywood. The single tells the story of a happy-go-lucky teenage girl who lives for the moment with no missteps and no regrets. Megan Rae’s album will follow the single in August.