January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm , by Lisa M. Gerry
You may recognize Canadian singer (and soon to be star) Meaghan Smith’s voice from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, where she covered the Pixies song, “Here Comes Your Man.” That was how I personally discovered her, and that’s all it took…now I’m a super fan.
Her style, which she describes as “modern vintage,” makes me want to put on a cloche hat, pour a glass of wine and kick up my heels. So, as you can imagine, I was so excited to find out that she has a new album coming out, Cricket’s Orchestra, which is currently available on iTunes and will be available everywhere February 9.
I got the chance to speak with Meaghan, and you can read some highlights from our chat after the jump, but first—because hearing is believing—check out her music video below.
How did you get into music?
I don’t actually feel like I got into it—I feel like I was born into it. I have a really musical family—my mom is a piano teacher and my dad played bass in a rock band when he was younger. There was always music around, whether it was coming from the piano, from one of my sisters practicing their instruments, or from the radio.
You worked as an animator after college—how did you decide to take the leap into the music business?
I was really happy at my job…I was getting paid to draw eight hours a day! But, I had always wanted to sing in front of people, but I was shy and had very bad stage fright.
How did you get over your stage fright?
I really struggled with it. I would be on stage and I’d run off crying and get sick. But I’m very stubborn and I didn’t like that there was something I physically couldn’t do—I was determined to get over it. I found an interview with Patty Griffin—and I’m a huge fan of hers—where she said, “The only way to get over your stage fright is to go through it.” That really struck a chord with me. It took four years of playing for my friends, family and at various open mic nights, but now it’s something that I love to do.
Do you remember the first album you bought?
It was a cassette of Huey Lewis and the News. It had the song “It’s Hip to Be Square” on it.
What artists would you like to collaborate with?
There are so many—Tom Waits, the band One Republic, and I’d love to do a song with Michael Buble…I think that would be a blast.
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