“The young singer-songwriter is barely old enough to be in the bars herself yet she packed Nicky Zee’s twice over ECMA weekend with her towering voice and confident presence far beyond her years.”
Fraser MacCallum - CJLO Radio Montreal PQ
Meaghan Blanchard, a vibrant red-headed singer-songwriter; grew up in the rolling hills of beautiful Prince Edward Island. Although a shy and quiet child, Meaghan gravitated towards music with a natural ability to hum up her own tunes at a very young age. No alarm clocks were needed at the Blanchard house, as Meaghan at four years old was known to be up and singing in her bed at 6am every morning. As she grew, Meaghan’s natural vocal ability had her front and center of a number of community gatherings, children’s choirs and kitchen parties in her home town of Hunter River. Although Meaghan’s shyness followed her throughout her school years, she found comfort in logging away her hopes and dreams in small journals that she kept tucked into her desks.
Tired of letting her shyness get in the way of her musical dreams, Meaghan turned to her grandmother Glenda; a country singer who performed most weekends in the rural halls of PEI, for advice. Grammy Glenda’s words still rings in her ears to this day; “Look for the person in the audience who is looking like they’re having a bad day and sing to them; make em’ smile. It’ll take your fear away, and you never know what that could mean to somebody”. It was by sitting side stage at her grandmother’s performances that Meaghan also came to know and love some of the greatest female country singers of our day; Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton; huge influences on her music even to this day.
Meaghan Blanchard soon found her strength in writing songs and it wasn’t long after she picked up her mother’s acoustic guitar that she was off like a bullet; writing and performing all over Prince Edward Island, Canada and beyond.
Meaghan recorded “Changing Things”, her first collection of songs at the age of 18 which garnered notable success across Canada recieving 4 MusicPEI awards and 2 ECMA nods. Meaghan’s second recording in 2011 “Chasin’ Lonely Again” was named Country Recording of the Year at the ECMA awards in Charlottetown, PEI.
She has performed for the Royal couple, William and Kate during their Royal Visit to PEI in the summer of 2011 and played 47 shows in 15 days at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC in 2010.
She has toured in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario as well as select Maritime dates.
In January 2012 Meaghan appeared in the television special “The Songs Of Gene MacLellan” aired nationally on the CBC in Canada. She has played the Mariposa Folk Festival, as well as, the Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville NS.
In more recent news, Meaghan recorded her third album “She’s Gonna Fly” in Athens, Georgia in October 2012 with acclaimed producer/engineer John Keane (R.E.M, B52′s, Nancy Griffith) which has gone on to receive 3 Music PEI awards as well as an East Coast Music Award. “She’s Gonna Fly” also received radio airplay across the nation and has also dipped her toes into mainstream country radio with three singles tracked over the last two years.
Meaghan Blanchard will be touring England and Scotland in the fall of 2014 along with Tim Chaisson and the UK’s banjo phenom Dan Walsh and will be back in Athens, Georgia for some more recording with producer John Keane.