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Megan Laurie

by Megan Laurie

She's australian, she plays guitar and she sings country. But, it's not the Australian accent that you notice, it's the fresh, exciting and unique presence weaved with rich vocals, emotional sounds and youthful appeal.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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1. Kissin the Wind
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2. Light At the End of the Bottle
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3. You Can't Call Me Baby Anymore
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4. Where Was I
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5. Missing You Comes Easy
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6. Big Fun in My Little Town
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7. Get On With Getting Over Him
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8. Move On
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9. Tear Stained Eye
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10. Mistake
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11. I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry
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12. Girls Gone Fishing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Megan Laurie is driven. "I grew up touring Australia, following the Country Music circuit. While my friends were playing sports and partying, I was at home learning lyrics, charting and writing songs, practising on my guitar and honing my vocal skills. Music has always given me an outlet to express my thoughts and emotions" says Megan.

The Australian industry undoubtedly agress with Megan's promising talent crowning her 3 consecutive Champion of Champions titles; Victoria, South Australian and Queensland. Megan is the only person to ever win the trifecta.

In 2004, Megan moved to America to learn the ins and outs of the Music Business at South Plains College in Levelland Texas, where some of American's most famous Country Music Artists jump started their careers; Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Heath Wright of Richocet, LeAnn Womack, Matt Jenkins and Australia's own Jedd Hughes to name a few. "South Plains College gave me the opportunity to study under the guidance of some of the most respected tutors in the Music Industry." While at South Plains College, the faculty have awarded Megan "Outstanding Female Songwriter of the Year 03-04 & 04-05", "Female Country/Swing Vocalist of the Year 03-04 & 04-05", "Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the year 04-05", "Female Country/Swing Instrumentalist of the Year 04-05" and "Female Entertainer of the Year 04-05". Megan has also been a member of the "Thursday Nite Live" television program aired live each month, giving Megan valuable exposure throughout the Hockley County area.

"It is easy to forget that Megan Laurie is just in her twenties. Her musical maturity and positive approach are beyond her years" says Scott Faris, Director of Guitar Studies at South Plains College.


Megan's debut record is on Fillee Music Label. Not only did Megan write 10 of the 12 songs, she also played some of the instrumentation and co-produced the album.

"I am who I am. I do what I do. I work hard, search for new roads and set the scene for my own individual style."

It looks like Megan Laurie is on the right road...



Megan Laurie CD Review by Cheryl Arthur
www.misslana.com
Megan Laurie – Megan Laurie

I recently caught Megan Laurie, an upcoming country music artist, at a singer/songwriter competition at Lake Whitney State Park. This young Aussie absolutely blew the crowd away. It was an all day event with about 20 competitors and she walked away with the 3 top honors: Best All Around, First Place Vocal, and First Place Songwriting. The info the 24 year old Laurie provided gave me some answers that I’ll share will you. Laurie was born in Warragul, Victoria, Australia, and spent the next 22 years either near Melbourne or in northwest Victoria. Laurie came to Texas a little over 2 years ago, and is attending South Plains College (known for its music excellence) in the Lone Star panhandle.

There is no lack of talent and originality of authorship in Laurie’s music. Laurie has obviously been a student of country music even in her home country for quite some time (in the tradition of Kasey Chambers, Audrey Mezera, Bill Chambers, etc.). The songwriting is on target for the Texas country category and she covers old standards like a native Texan. Only occasionally do you hear an Aussie inflection during the music. It only came to the surface during her brief introductions before each song at the live performance that I caught. She claims her speech has become quite Texan-twanged in the last couple of years and she now speaks what she calls “Tex-stralian.”

10 of the 12 selections on Megan Laurie are original songs by Laurie. She also does a top notch cover of a Hank Williams standard, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. Matter of fact (Lord forgive me!), but I like her version a tiny bit better than Hank’s (please no hate mail; it’s just a tiny bit better!). Laurie bases her songwriting topics on real events and things of which she has knowledge (like falling in love, breaking up, home town doings, etc.). So the emotional impact is deeply rooted and personal. She jokingly told me that if one of her friends wants to talk about their latest break up, it is fair game for one of Laurie’s songs. I have no doubt that as she matures, so will the subject matter about which she writes. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with how the songs evolved because I find myself listening to these selections over and over again.

She’s been flirting with the music game for more than half her life. Things got rolling at early age when she and a cousin put on front porch shows for the family. Her grandparents entered her in a talent contest at 11 and she walked right OFF the stage while performing. That taught her a hard lesson that’s stayed with her…..she belongs ON the stage, not off. From there, Laurie moved on with a couple of garage bands during her teen years, where she was able to refine her bass and acoustic guitar skills. These days she plays country music covers and some of her own songs with a few South Plains College folks in the Rex Thomas Band in the Lubbock area.

Although all the selections are worthy of your attention, be sure and check out the opening track, Kissin’ the Wind, a quick paced, positive look of moving from a relationship that doesn’t support your primary dream.
“While you’re at home kissin’ my picture
I’m in my car kissin’ the wind.
Top right down and the music blaring
I’m getting out of this mess I’m in.
So baby, listen carefully
‘Cause I ain’t coming home again.
All you’ll see is my red tail lights
And my mouth kissin’ the wind.
…….
My foot’s flat on the gas pedal
You’ll hear the spitting gravel.”

Don’t miss Light At the End of the Bottle. This one is about the sad, but wiser gal who’s ready to toss the bottle and get on with the rest of her life.
“I’m running on a few hours sleep.
A shot of whiskey been my only meal.

But now I can see the light at the end of the bottle
It’s a little bit hazy but I guess it’s nothing
Compared to what you’ve put me through.
I’m gonna swallow my pride like the last drop of cider
Open my eyes a little bit wider
And tell myself there’s someone better than you.
Yeah, I can see the light at the end of the bottle.

Never thought I was the stupid kind
Follow my heart and not listen to my mind.
….
‘Cause the only time I was happy
Was when the bottle’s full. Now it’s a brand new day.
I hold the bottle up to my eye
With grey clouds all behind me.
I see bluer skies.”

Another selection you’ll enjoy is Big Fun In My Little Town. This description of school kids under the impression they have the grown up world convinced they are saints, while they are planning their next forbidden outing.
“Jodie and I 17 years old
Mixed up with the boys from Langtree road.
Come Friday at school we’d have that look in our eyes.
Our folks thought we were saints
But we were about to go wild.
…..
Here I am miles from my hometown.
Something’s always coming up.
Something’s always doing down.
I left that girl in that place behind.
There’s still a little part of her
Here in my mind.”

Another track not to miss is Girls Gone Fishin’. This is a great light hearted look at women invading that masculine hobby of fishing.
“I bat my eyelids
And pout my bottom lip.
He puts the truck in park
And his hands go to his hips.
‘Babe, me and boys have planned this
You don’t wanna hang with all guys.’
Before he can finish what he’s trying to say
I’m sitting in the passenger side.
Yeah I ain’t gonna stay at home
And wait for him to come in
From a whole days worth of casting out
And never reeling nothing in.
He should just give me the pole
And let this woman
Show him how it’s done
‘Cause if the rest of the worlds got Girls Gone Wild
He’s got Girl Gone Fishin’.”

The self titled CD, Megan Laurie was released in May 2006. So far, I haven’t caught any of the tunes being played on radio stations that are known for promoting Texas music, or any of the streamed internet stations, but I hope they will eventually. As far as I can tell, the only way you can obtain a copy of the CD is to get lucky enough to catch Laurie in a personal performance, or at Bill’s Records and Tapes, Dallas. I was told you could also get it at Ralph’s Records in Lubbuck, so be sure and do that the next time you’re in Lubbuck. If you want to know where she is performing, Laurie keeps her performance dates posted on http://www.myspace.com/meganlauriemusic. I hope you get a chance to pick up the CD or catch a live performance. Good luck!

Written by Cheryl Arthur, June 2006
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Jim Gracie

Excellent!!
This is an excellent cd from a first class artist.
I really enjoyed every song,recommend it to everyone.Hope it's not to long till her next cd is released.
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Fellow Cdbaby Artist

LOVE YOUR VOICE!!
I really enjoyed listening to your songs. I'm a pretty picky listener.. but you had me from the first note. You have a fresh honest sound & a dynamic vocal range that seems to stretch like elastic-- bending and moving beautifully around the music perfectly. Lyrics are sassy and intelligent ... I was impressed with the poise and strength of your voice as well...it's really beautiful. If you're ever in need of extra material I have a few songs that I've written, that may compliment your voice really well tone & feel-wise. I've attached my website to this review. :)

Keep doing what you're doing from the inside.... and the world around you will always fall right into place. Best wishes...Jenny Matthews.
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David from California

Very nice!
Very nice! She has a very fresh, simple voice that makes this CD very easy to listen to.
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