Artist Bio: Meghan Morrison
Imagine the members of Coldplay dancing circles with Loreena McKennitt in the Woodstock rain and you can begin to feel the Celtic groove songs that Meghan Morrison orchestrates with her lilting 3+ octave vocal range and ever growing 7 piece band (Kelly LeFaive – violin; Andrew Robertson – drums; Stuart Everitt – bass; Colin Davis, Rob Saffrey, Evan LeBlanc – guitars, and Meghan Morrison - Vox, Bass, and Keys).
Dubbed “The Indie Firecracker” for her progressive leaning compositions and explosive vocal performances, this Dali-inspired East Coaster consistently receives the stamp of originality and nods of approval from members of the Canadian songwriting community, such as Dan Hill, Emm Gryner, Ron Hynes (to name a few) and has been invited to join forces with Jim Cuddy in Edmonton this spring, where she will be sharing a stage with the Blue Rodeo front man and auctioning off a house concert to raise funds for The Centre for Family Literacy as part of the annual “Evening of Wine & Words” event at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald.
Morrison's unique vocal stylings are regularly sought after for collaborations in the Toronto area, where she is now based, including an unexpected and intriguing hip hop performance with Juno nominated and Canadian Radio Music Award winner Stevano Ugo (UGO Crew), best known for his hit single “Change” - featuring Sean Kingston. Morrison's band recently united with Ugo's hip hop project at Toronto's Harbour Front Center during this year's Kuumba Festival and will be joining forces again for additional showcases in Toronto this spring.
An art rocker at heart, Morrison's approach to music is increasingly influenced by experiences with other forms of art. “The Weather Girl”, named after the installation by Tara Cooper, is one such example. After seeing the piece featured at Nuit Blanche, Morrison felt compelled to flesh out her own version of the story behind Cooper's lightning strike victim and wrote a song about it. The result: a very Celtic, ethereal, and rhythm-heavy sound adventure that was featured as part of TUFF award winning Cooper (and partner Terry O'Neill)'s launch party for SUPERCELL: Weather Girl Goes Storm Chasing (2012) – the videographic follow up to the Weather Girl series, which was scored by Cowboy Junkies guitarist and Gemini nominated documentary film scorer Ken Myhr.
Her collaborative and integrative nature is also observed in “Meghan Morrison's Online Indie Jam”, a monthly live web series that shines a light on Morrison's less serious side, features intimate performances by the various independent artists she meets along her journey, includes interviews from the audience via her chatroom, and culminates in a typically shenanigan filled jam session with all of the artists (and viewers at home) feeding off each other to create musical magic in the moment.
“We need more music like this” - Emm Gryner
“Very cool original tunes” - The Alumni Theatre
“Meghan Morrison is a delight” - Life with More Cowbell
“A True Troubadour” - Lipstik Indie
“Don't miss a chance to see her live!” - Reaching for Lucidity