Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Cork singer Meghan Murray to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born and grew up in Belgium to a South African mom and Irish dad. I’ve been living in Ireland for nearly five years now since moving over for college in 2014.
It sounds cliché but I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t singing and playing music. There is actually a CD at home of me singing Katie Melua covers when I was five years old!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My biggest musical influence growing up was Regina Spektor. I was really inspired by her creativity and originality as both a performer and a songwriter. I also grew up listening to artists like Norah Jones, Annie Lennox, Dido, Alanis Morissette and James Morrison.
These days, I’m more drawn to pop, soul and R&B. I listen to a lot of Matt Corby, Jorja Smith, Lianne La Havas, Bon Iver, Jessie Ware, Snoh Aalegra and Frank Ocean.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as soulful R&B Pop.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release, ‘Feeling Blue’, deals with feelings of resentment and longing for someone I thought I’d moved on from at the time of writing the song. I remember waking up from a dream about that person and trying to make sense of why my mind still hadn’t quite let them go. Ultimately, writing this song helped me get closure and move on.
What’s your local music scene like?
Cork is so full of wonderfully talented musicians. It can feel a little small at times but it has a real sense of community and mutual support and appreciation.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I plan on releasing my debut EP ‘Out of Mind’ later this year, I have two more songs to put out which I am really excited about. I have some lovely support gigs lined up, namely with an amazing Cork based band called Yenkee, and some other exciting performances as well that I will be announcing in a few weeks time. I will hopefully be going back into the studio soon, I’m looking forward to recording some of the songs I’ve been working on over the past few months.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Oh there’s so many… but if I had to pick a few I would say Matt Corby, Justin Vernon and Frank Ocean.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
My best friend and I got chosen, among other girls, to sing backing vocals for an RTÉ Christmas Carols show a few years ago. We stayed up late learning all the parts, my friend even taught me Silent Night in Irish which I memorised in its entirety—bare in mind I don’t speak any Irish—and then when it came to the performance, we realised the whole thing was prerecorded so our voices weren’t going to be heard. Made for convincing lip syncing though!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I guess I’d like readers to know I write all my own songs. It always seems obvious to me but it’s something people ask me a lot!