Meghan Linsey

For fans of:Adele, Miranda Lambert, One Republic

Powerful. Soulful. Distinctive. These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the incredible voice and natural allure of Meghan Linsey. She uses her voice and overall presence, along with the songs she so carefully crafts, to tell the stories she wants, or more accurately, “needs” to tell.

Her years growing up in the musical melting pot in and around New Orleans are what she credits as influences of her unique sound. “I grew up listening to Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and my favorite... Whitney Houston,” Meghan says. “I loved the soulfulness of their voices. But I also fell in love with the storytelling of country music and the songs of artists like Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Patty Griffin. Anything with grit and soul really resonated with me growing up, and it still does."

At age 14, Meghan started playing shows with her own band and a short year later she was opening for acts such as Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton at events around Louisiana and Texas. She also began to make regular trips to Nashville to play at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. “I played the early slot, but I would always stay for the late show because that’s when so many of the great songwriters I loved would play,” she says. It wasn’t long before she began writing with many of those same songwriters.

After graduation, Meghan made the trip to Nashville and stayed to chase her dream.

She enrolled at Belmont University to study music and continued to write songs and play shows. To make ends meet, Meghan began hosting karaoke at a bar in Printer's Alley in downtown Nashville. It was there she met Joshua Scott Jones. The two began writing and performing together as Steel Magnolia and created quite a buzz with their stirring harmonies and undeniable chemistry.

The duo’s sound and style caught the attention of the producers of CMT’s music competition show Can You Duet, and their unique sound and powerful stage performances propelled them to win the competition which resulted in a record contract with Big Machine Records. They released their debut album in 2010 and their first single, "Keep On Loving You," shot to #4 and was the highest charting debut single from a male/female duo in country music history.

Steel Magnolia sold nearly one million downloads and albums, appeared on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman and E! News. They toured with superstar acts such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Reba, and Bob Seger. They were nominated for 17 major music awards including ACM and CMA Duo of the Year and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Country Artist.

At the end of 2013, Meghan and Josh decided to part ways and work on their own solo projects. Meghan had experienced personal heartache and disappointment that left her determined to achieve her musical dreams – not as a duo as she had first imagined, but rather as a solo act. "I've really poured my heart and soul into writing songs the last couple years,” Meghan says. "I've been through and lost a lot and it's been really hard. Writing songs and creating has been therapy for me. I think it's obvious that the songs come from a real place and I hope that will resonate with people."

Meghan’s debut single as a solo artist, “Try Harder Than That,” speaks to that spirit and also showcases her quirky sense of humor. It’s a tongue-in-cheek song that showcases a knack for turning a trend in popular music on its head. Boys, you’re not going to get a girl like this with a backroad moonlight kiss in your pickup truck. You’ll have to try harder than that.

"This song was so fun to write! I got together with James (Otto) and Corey (Crowder) and we decided to write something sassy; a cheeky song from a woman's perspective,” she says. "I think it's time for women to be heard on country seems like all the songs they're playing are about trucks and beer, so we wrote one of those, but it's much more than that. It's a strong song for strong women. We're basically telling the guys they need to step it up."

On Meghan’s upcoming EP you will hear it all - soulfulness, the power of her distinctive voice and the spirit of someone who has been through some tough times to come out glowing on the other side. And it holds true to the promise that the best is yet to come.

"I can't wait to get this music out! For once, I had no boundaries and I was allowed to be as honest and expressive as I wanted and needed to be. This EP is a true representation of who I am."