Monday, November 3, 2008

Meaghan Smith

Here's another singer for you, perfect for late evenings and when you're having a retro moment/want to go back to the 20's, 3o's etc.
Meaghan Smith has always been a singer. Her mum was a piano teacher and her dad played bass in different bands. She grew up in London, Ontario, Canada. "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. Someone encouraged me to use the school’s recording studio to make a demo CD. That’s when my love affair with the microphone began. 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. I spent two months in Toronto bringing The Cricket’s Orchestra to life. 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. 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 Cricket’s Orchestra is now available at her website and iTunes.


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