Melissa Etheridge singing Bruce Springsteen to a Paul Simon Groove. Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Meghan Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. As Billboard Magazine admonishes: “Seek this one out.”
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Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. When her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into song. I keep making music to help others find their joy.”
Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase slot at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing continue to win audiences from music festivals to living rooms, and garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, and even Bruce Springsteen.
Meghan Cary’s music career began as an unintentional triumph when she earned Billboard Magazine’s esteemed Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer for her debut New Shoes. Up till then she was a theatre actress with over 100 credits for her work in the U.S. and Europe, and a successful on-camera and voiceover career. But when her fiancé, Matthew Black, unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and cathartically wrote her debut. “I didn’t know how to play anyone else’s songs so I wrote my own. I wrote my grief into song, and sang my way out of the abyss. I keep making music to help others connect with their own stories and find their joy.”
Cary dove into a successful folk-circuit music career with an ambitious D.I.Y. touring schedule, and became known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience. Bringing listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics, Cary’s smoky voice, emotionally-dynamic singing, and vulnerable writing garnered favorable comparisons to Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls, and even Bruce Springsteen.
At a gig at CBGB’s Gallery celebrating her second release, “Onion Dream”, Cary met her future husband, Peter Farrell, playing keys in the opening band. The two married, relocated, and had two children. Initially Meghan tucked away her music career, worrying it would interfere with being a devoted mother, but as the journey of motherhood unfolded, she realized that being a good mother meant being a complete person, and she began to understand what an enriching symbiotic relationship music and motherhood could have. Cary response to that revelations was to release “Building This House”, a collection of original songs chronicling the rebuilding of her life from painful past to her current joyous present as a wife and music-making mom. “Building This House” was Cary’s first album to feature her band, Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies (Peter Farrell on keys, Quint Lange on Drums, Jocko MacNelly on bass).
After having briefly pushed pause on performing, Cary launched back onto the music scene at Philly Folk Fest, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival where she was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase. She recorded the all acoustic, “Sing Louder – the Festival EP”, to represent her trio (with Stacy Weathers on banjo, and Peter Farrell on keys) at festivals that summer.
Cary is back in the studio again this winter to record her next Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies CD, including crowd favorites, “Sing louder”, “Sail Across the Water” and “River Rock”.
Four albums, 43 states, 2 children, and a whole lot of music making later, this “chick with a guitar” has evolved into the front woman for a power house band complete with lush vocal harmonies, keys, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and drums….oh, and that guitar.