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Meg Myers -- undefinable, and proud of it
Meg Myers isn't easily categorized. And she's happy about that.
The Nashville-born singer-songwriter released her first album, "Sorry," after putting out a pair of EPs and finds herself getting airplay for singles such as "Desire and the title track from Rock and Alternative Rock radio stations. She also hears and reads herself referred to as angry, angsty and dark, even though her latest single, "Lemon Eyes," is notably lighter and, well, sunnier. And for her part, Myers figures all she can do is play her songs and let people figure her out over time.
"A few years ago it's like, 'Oh, she's angry,' and then it's like slowly, slowly, people are like, 'Wait, maybe she's not,'" Myers, 29, says by phone from Cleveland. "It's funny how people need to label things. Me, personally, I love artists who are outside of the box and just can't be labeled. I think that's beautiful and shows we're human.
"I've just always wanted to do so many things, 'cause I am human and I'm evolving, and I want to do what I want, whenever I want."
Myers credits her mother with inspiring the fiercely independent spirit. Raised as a Jehovah's Witness in Tennessee and Ohio, Myers began playing music in a band her mother formed with a friend and Myers' older brother. "She let me play keyboards for her," Myers recalls. "I don't even think we played a show; they jsut wrote songs and did it for fun in the house, and I think that was what inspired me to start writing and making my own music."
Myers moved to Los Angeles when she was 19, meeting songwriter/producer Andrew "Doctor Rosen" Rosen, which led to the recording deal and her work so far. "I'm just happy and relieved the album's out, that's for sure, says Myers, who recently released a video for "Lemon Eyes" and expects to be on the road well into 2016.
"This tour's been pretty insane," she says. "It's been sold-out shows, which is great, and really just a great response, people knowing all the lyrics already, which is pretty cool. So I think my life`s gonna be on the road for while. I'm gonna keep writing songs, too, any chance I get. It's hard to write on the road, but I'm excited about getting back to (the studio) and I want to be ready for when that happens."
Meg Myers and Jarryd James
Monday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $15.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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