Chicago’s very own Soulful Songstress, Meagan Hickman is “On her Way” with musical accomplishments. Classically trained singer since the age of six, Meagan Hickman has traveled and performed in numerous venues all over the world from Australia to Brazil with an array of accomplished musicians such as Garth Brooks, Dennis D. Young, the Berlin Phil Harmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has been featured on National Television.
Featuring Pop/Rock/Soul material off her debut Ep, On My Way, Meagan offers a heartfelt and honest perspective into many of life’s challenges. “Capturing and musically expressing life’s most precious, thought provoking moments and then empowering a listener through lyric and melody, is the most rewarding experience I could ever ask for.” With major fan bases in Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, Meagan is captivating audience members of all ages with her groove oriented, catchy hooks; pure and soulful sound; powerful lyrics; and unique fusion of contemporary styles.
Describing her writing style and sound alike to such artists as Blues/ Rock icon, Bonnie Raitt, combined with the sweet, Pop thematic melodies of Sara Bareilles, and yet gut wrenching, soulful, lyrical content of such artists as India Arie; Meagan is paving her way as an original artist.
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Meagan pursues her career full time writing, recording, producing, touring, and collaborating with other experienced musicians worldwide as “Meagan Hickman & Company”. Meagan completed her first U.S. "Coast to Coast Tour" Fall 2011 for On My Way and plans to tour again this Spring/ Summer 2014 in promotion for her next full length album, due to release early Spring 2014. Currently, Meagan resides in Chicago, performing regularly, teaching voice and piano, working on new projects, and gearing up for her next record!
Meagan Hickman - Lead Vocals and Piano
Jon Gould - Guitar
Dave Brandwein - Drums, Percussion & Vox
Joe Marcus - Bass
Lucas Ellman (on specific gigs) - Saxaphone
"On My Way" - 5 Song EP, All songs written and produced by Meagan Hickman. December 2009
"A Journey Worth Taking"- A Collection of Contemporary and Classical Songs - April 2006 (not released commercially)
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Just graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Meagan Hickman of Glen Ellyn heads home to k...Just graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Meagan Hickman of Glen Ellyn heads home to kick off her Summer Tour 2010 and to premier her debut EP, “On My Way.” Meagan Hickman & Company is scheduled to perform at the Elbo room in Chicago at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.
“On My Way” features five soulful songs that offer a heartfelt and honest perspective on many of life’s challenges.
Hickman says the track “Blessed” came about because, “I didn’t want to write another silly love song. Instead, I wrote a song about no matter how bad you’re feeling, you’re blessed with yourself and everything you’ve been given.”
She approaches her musical career with the business savvy you’d expect from the former president of Berklee’s Music Business Club. She recently designed her Web site, registered her songs with the U.S. Copyright Office, became a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and launched an LLC (Limited Liability Company), M.A.H. Music Group, booking her own shows and handling all of her own promotion and marketing.
Hickman released “On My Way” in December at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, and also was featured on local online Internet radio station Fearless Radio (www.fearlessradio.com) for an interview and performance. The interview can be found for free streaming and download at www.MeaganHickman.com.
Before studying at Berklee, Hickman performed frequently as part of the premier Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, now known as Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago. The group toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, and shared the stage with Garth Brooks and Dennis DeYoung of Styx. In addition, at 16, she sang the jingles for two nationally broadcast McDonald’s ads, part of a Lizzie McGuire and Polly Pockets campaign.
To promote her EP, she plans performances in the Boston, Chicago and New York City areas. Currently, she is competing for an opening act slot on the Lilith Fair Tour 2010 in Chicago.
Singer-songwriter Meagan Hickman of Glen Ellyn gives voice to a dream
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"Accomplished young singer, Hickman plugs her new EP, On My Way, perfect for fans of Paula Cole and ..."Accomplished young singer, Hickman plugs her new EP, On My Way, perfect for fans of Paula Cole and like-minded Lilith Fair fare."
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Meagan Hickman: Business-Savvy Chicagoan Feels “Blessed” With Latest EP
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Meagan Hickman ’10 approaches her musical career with the business savvy you’d expect from the presi...Meagan Hickman ’10 approaches her musical career with the business savvy you’d expect from the president of the music business club. This past summer, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Chicago recorded an EP, designed and launched her website, registered her songs with the U.S. copyright office, signed up with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and launched her own company: M.A.H. Music Group, LLC. Booking her own shows and handling all of her promotion and marketing, Hickman proves that if you’re smart and hardworking, you don’t need a manager –at least not in the early stages of your career.
Over the summer, the professional music/music business dual major recorded her EP, Blessed, in the Windy City, which is available for free streaming at her website, MeaganHickman.com. Hickman plans on releasing the EP, physically and digitally, by December.
Blessed features five songs, each with an inspirational, positive message. Hickman’s approach to spirituality is secular and definitely not preachy. “I don’t want to be misconstrued as a Christian singer, despite the title of my EP.” The title track came about because she didn’t want to write another silly love song. “Instead,” said Hickman, “I wrote a song about how, no matter how bad you’re feeling, you’re blessed with yourself and everything you’ve been given.”
Hickman composed most of the songs on Blessed by first coming up with a groove on the piano, and then filling in the melody and harmony from there. “Once I get the groove going, I map out the angle I’m going for. It’s a loose enough structure where I can still do it, verse by verse and chorus by chorus.”
However, Hickman composed the dark, yearning jazz-inflected pop song, “Temporary Girl” in a particularly unique way. “’Temporary Girl’ is the song I’m most proud of. I wrote it in a day riding on a Metro train going into the city. I solfeged out the whole damn thing on the back of a newspaper. I’m such a dork. Every block I came up with a new line. Each line I had to write it down, so I was writing on the sides of walls. I came back that night and tracked it.”
Other Berklee-educated Chicagoans played on the record, including Ellen Angelico, ‘10 and Cole DeGenova, ’09. Angelico performed all guitars and bass on the album, and DeGenova, ’09, who fronts his own popular band, The People’s Republic, guested on keys for two tracks.
Jonathan Smith, an engineer who mixes music for the Oprah Show, recorded the album in his basement studio. The two met when Smith helped Hickman, then a high school student, set up a home ProTools studio. He helped the young and eager musician produce her debut album of covers, which she describes as “half-classical, half-contemporary.” Their working relationship has been “peaches and cream ever since,” as Hickman describes it.
Before studying at Berklee, Hickman performed frequently as part of a premier Chicago children’s choir. The group toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing in South Africa and New Zealand and sharing the stage with Garth Brooks and Dennis DeYoung from Styx.
At 16, Hickman sang the Jingles for two nationally broadcast McDonald’s ads. The commercials were part of a Lizzy Maguire tie-in campaign, and the producers hired her because they wanted a vocalist who sounded like Hilary Duff.
Hickman’s performance on the high-profile jingles earned her royalties as well as membership to the Screen Actors Guild. Even though she hasn’t worked professionally as an actor since the jingles, Hickman keeps paying her negligible dues because the exclusive guild could provide opportunities for work down the road.
Despite the time commitment that her leadership of the Music Business Club requires, Hickman has placed a high priority on gigging and promoting Blessed. Her live band consists of Sonya Perricone on guitar, Ellen Angelico on bass, Ruby Biloskirka-Conley on keyboard, and Calvin Hansen on drums. The group played at All Asia in September and brought in 41 fans. Upcoming gigs include an October 20 date at Church and a November 17 date at The Good Life.
After she graduates this May, Hickman is considering moving to Nashville, Los Angeles, or New York City; but wherever her career takes her, her heart will remain in Chicago. “I will eventually settle in Chicago. I am one of the proudest Chicagoans here. The music scene is amazing. The people are friendly. The crowds are real. The support there is incredible.”
Take Me Back Home
In My Dreams
Prove Me Wrong
Song for Amy
Let me Be the one
White Fence Lane
He's My Man
Seize the Day
Something to Talk About (Bonnie Raitt)
Heart of the Matter (Don Henley)
Time Will Do the Talking (Patty Griffin)
This Love – Maroon 5
Bubbly – Colbie Collait
Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Collait
Some Kind of Wonderful – Joss Stone
Jet Lag - Joss Stone
Use Me – Bill Withers
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Sign, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Aint No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Chain of Fools – Aretha Frankin
Respect – Aretha Franklin
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Moondance – Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Man, I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
Ironic – Alanis Morrisette
Get Back – Beatles
Take It Easy – Eagles
How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
Aint To Proud To Beg – Temptations
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Love Song – Sara Bareilles
Uncharted – Sara Bareilles
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
Fighter - Christina Aguilera
We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
I Gotta Feelin’ – Black Eyed Peas
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Baby – Justin Bieber
Brokenhearted – Karmin
Summer Girls – LFO
Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Born The Way – Lady Gaga
Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer
Come Together - The Beatles
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Crazy - Gnarley Barkley
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Santeria - Sublime
What I Got - Sublime
There are no upcoming dates at this time.