Country music singer/songwriter Megan Barker is back with a new single "On the Way Up". Hard times will make you crazy, but with a little luck, we'll look back and say we made it, "On the Way Up" shines a positive light. “It’s been a crazy year," Megan explains. "Writing this song was a great reminder for me that even when it doesn’t feel like it, we are moving the needle and getting closer to our dreams each day. I hope this song can be a reminder to others as well. Good things are coming. We are all on the way up."
Megan Barker came into this world with songwriting in her blood. Born in Nashville, Megan’s father wrote songs for legends like Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr, and more. By the age of 16, Megan was living in Las Vegas and performing live music professionally on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, and opening concerts for superstars like Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band, and more.
Megan spent her childhood in studios and writing sessions where she learned at an early age how to craft a lyrical narrative. At 13 years old, inspired by pop legend John Mayer, Megan picked up a guitar and never put it down. She started her career singing at local Las Vegas venues where her unique, prolific songwriting and contagious melodies helped her to work her way up to playing bigger venues including First Friday, House of Blues, the Hard Rock Café, and more.
Working with award winning talents in both Las Vegas and Nashville, Megan's songs draw a diverse demographic audience from young children to mature adults. Her fan base currently includes tens of thousands of followers across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. When asked about the diverse range of her fans ages she says, "There is nothing I love more than moving people with a song. The fact that little kids and grown adults come up and praise my songwriting after a show is amazing to me. That's enough to keep me going forever. I'm honored."
Since moving back to her hometown of Nashville, TN in 2017, Megan has performed at famed venues and showcases like The Bluebird Cafe, Whiskey Jam, Bus Call, Revival, CMA Fest and more. In 2018, Megan released her highly anticipated EP "Leather Souls," produced by Brad Hill (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne). The project included fan favorites, “Tequila Told Me To,” “I Cuss When I Pray,” and “When My Boots Were New.”
That same year, Megan started the popular weekly live show in Nashville, Jammin In Jammies, which features hit songwriters performing their hit songs in pajamas. In 2019, Megan embarked on her first European tour, traveling across both Scotland and Ireland. She has also received endorsements from Shure Microphones, McPherson Guitars and Dan Post cowboy boots. Debuting at the Bluebird Cafe to a sold-out crowd and being on the “Spotlight Stage” at CMA Fest, 2019 were also memorable moments.
In March of this year, Megan Barker released her single "Tears in Tuscaloosa" , co-written with Andi Renfree and Bill DiLuigi. With empowering lyrics "Tears in Tuscaloosa" is sure to resonate with those who have ended a relationship. “This is your classic breakup song...except it isn’t," Megan explains. "Tears in Tuscaloosa" is about taking your ‘goodbye on the road’ , kissing cowboys and dancing in Country bars all across America, all just to get over someone. There’s something magical and healing about a road trip".
Back to her release of "On The Way UP", Megan warms your emotions as she conveys words such as, ‘living the dream is worth the prize.’ As the instrumentation hones in on melodies they are rousing in nature, and each twangy guitar riffs surface, each note performed is played with a passion. We hear the optimistic light that Megan intends to illuminate though out the pandemic weary world. Reminding herself and her audience, that good things are on the way if they persevere, Megan Barker has “On The Way Up,” etched into our mind as we replay it through our minds, and sound system.
Megan wrote "On the Way Up" this last summer over Zoom with a friend and collaborators, David Palmer. The song came together quickly and since 2020 was a complicated time, Palmer built the track, Megan sang and comped vocals at her house in her studio (closet), and her friend David Flint worked his magic on her vocals and then added electric guitar. None of creators of this song ever had to be together in the same room.
Megan is mostly grateful even though last year had some really hard moments, she was able to create and release music. Megan is appreciative of the power of music and how amazing it is that she gets to do what she loves every day, writing and releasing music that is true to her soul. "There’s nothing better than a song making you feel less alone, so if I can find a way to write songs that make others feel that way, that’s a dream come true and a full life in my book," commented Megan.
Megan Barker is truly "On the Way Up" and she would love nothing more than to take all of us with her into a phenomenal 2022.