Meghan Morrison is a progressive singer-songwriter whose quirky, yet accessible, compositions are characterized by lilting vocals, eclectic instrumentation and swirling waves of sound.
Influenced by the Celtic melodies of her roots, post-rock experimentalism, and visual artists like Salvador Dali, her upcoming EP is a balanced melting pot of sound and songs that both warm the heart and rip it apart – as newer fans witnessed when Morrison performed as the supporting act for Moon Vs Sun (Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida) at The Mod Club in Toronto in 2015.
Recorded in Toronto, New York City, Kitchener and Perth, Ontario, Elementals is a short and sweet collection of three songs produced by Juno Award winning folk artist, James Keelaghan and Hugh McMillan (Spirit of the West, Sarah McLachlan, The Irish Rovers). It features performances by musicians in a wide spectrum of genres -from a classical string quartet to full band production with tabla and electric guitar and includes musicians such as Juno Award winning jazz bassist and composer, Chris Tarry as well as Donald Quan (Loreena McKennitt, Lighthouse, Enter the Haggis, The Tea Party).
Aside from its cathartic effect, Morrison sees the potential for music to inspire change, inside and out, and her genre bending tendencies propel her to challenge the “fragile singer-songwriter” stereotype. As such, the collection of songs has a central theme of breaking down internal walls and digging deep within the self to find one’s own strength.
“If nothing else, my experience in pursuing art and business (and all the struggles and sacrifice that go with it) have taught me that no matter how hard it gets or how many wonderful people I have in my life, I am the only one that can change that life … and everything is a choice”, says Morrison. “That realization was really empowering and I’m glad that my listeners picked these songs for us to record, because they all touch on that very theme”.
“Echo” tackles the fear of an uncertain lover with soaring arrangements and the metaphor of a mountain, while “Oh My God” is a heart thumping, earthy and upbeat tune illustrating the necessary struggle of digging one’s self out of their own grave. The third and final tune, “Free Your Fire”, is a gentle nudge from one’s inner self to let passion loose in the face of adversity.
Morrison believes “There is a ripple effect to continuous small action and I feel it is important for artists and businesses to honour the influence they have, be leaders, and foster positive social change in their local community … and beyond” and this philosophy is exemplified through projects that she and her merchandise company (People Power Press) have been involved in over the last few years. Such projects and events include the One Fire Movement’s Songs From the Heart compilation album in support of War Child Canada, Blake Morgan’s #IRespectMusic campaign, and auctioning off a house concert to raise funds for the Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton. The People Power Award was launched by Meghan and her team in 2014 to recognize and highlight the work of outstanding grassroots campaigns.
Now based in Toronto, Meghan was born and raised in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia and her EP, Elementals, is currently available for pre-order on her website