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Meaghan Smith

Hi. I'm Meaghan Smith. I am a singer. I've always been a singer. My parents say I was born screaming and hollering, but I like to think I was born singing. With three sisters, my mum, dad, and myself all under one roof, our home was bursting at the seams with people and, most importantly, music.
My mum was a piano teacher and my dad played bass in different bands. Each of my three sisters is a gifted piano player and singer. I am the only one in my family who cannot read music. Oddly enough, I'm the only one who is pursuing a musical career. You'd think that with a mother as a piano teacher, one would learn all sorts of things about scales, timing, intervals, and arpeggios. Let's just say that I learned to play by ear after just one lesson with my mum! But as much as that music lesson may have forced us apart for the afternoon, music always brought my family together. I grew up in London, Ontario, Canada. We couldn't afford cable, so to avoid doing homework, I occupied myself with other activities, like drawing and singing. And with three (mostly fuzzy) TV channels to choose from, I ended up watching a lot of animated movies and old musicals. Some of my favorites were Calamity Jane, My Fair Lady, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I've never been a show tunes kind of person, but you've got to admit, those were some catchy songs! When I was a teenager I started playing guitar, but my carefree childhood confidence quickly turned to stage fright. I opted to go to school for animation in pursuit of my drawing, but I couldn't fight the urge to sing my songs. Eventually I worked up the courage to put on secret concerts for a few friends in the stairwells of the animation building. An engineer who helped us record voices for our animation projects heard me sing and encouraged me to use the school's recording studio to make a demo CD. That's when my love affair with the microphone began. I graduated from college and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a job in animation. I also decided to tackle my fear of the stage, and began to play shows locally. Soon it came time to make an album. I had written a bunch of new songs, I just needed to find someone to produce them. This is where Les Cooper comes in. The first time we met, I played him "If You Asked Me" on my guitar. Other producers had told me, "Yeah, man, get some killer crunchy guitars on there, maybe some cowbell." Les said: "I hear a horn section on that." And I said: "You're hired." We spent two months in Toronto bringing The Cricket's Orchestra to life. I wanted the album to be an inspiring musical experience that makes you feel like you're leaving one world and entering another - a colorful, whimsical and imaginative place where you can reflect on your past and look forward to your future. I am greatly moved by the music of the '20s, '30s, and '40s - times when things were pure and simple - so I wanted the music to recall those eras, but I wanted to put a my own spin on it. Les and I put our heads together and decided to create my musical world by using a string quartet, an eight-piece horn section, guitars, keys, upright bass, a clarinet, some flutes, and even an Omnichord. We used Mellotron samples in place of a modern band because we loved the quirky, vintage vibe they brought to the songs, and topped it all off with some turntable scratches. The result is an ideal blend of old and new. The lead-off track, "I Know," is made almost entirely from a Mellotron sample (except, of course, for the whistling solo, thanks to my dad, and the killer clarinet licks). This song is for anyone out there who can't say those three little words, like my grandfather. I wrote "If You Asked Me" about a guy that I met and fell madly in love with based solely on his dancing abilities, and I found myself saying yes to things that perhaps I should have said no to. My first crush (who shall forever remain unnamed because I have never told him) gets a song too. "A Little Love," features a string quartet with turntable flourishes from DJ Kid Koala. "Drifted Apart" is a song for my best friend who lived across the street from me for 18 years. She moved out west and I moved out east. Now she has four kids and we rarely connect, so I wrote her this song hoping to guilt her into returning my messages. (Don't worry, she did!) Well, I've had a lovely time chatting with you. Thanks for taking the time to read my bio and learn a little more about me and my new record. I hope you enjoy!

Yours truly, Meaghan Smith   

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