Meadows Fortune

Meadows Fortune

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The debut album from Meadows Fortune, Reckless Believer, is a storytelling journey of both sadness and hope. Recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, the album features 11 tracks ranging from inspiring ballads to all out rock and roll!

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Biography

Sometimes you just have to take a chance.

He stood there nervously, his self-recorded demo in hand, talking to Scott Phillips and David Hall in the awe-inspiring corridors of Blackbird Studio. But the story of Meadows Fortune began many years before this sunny summer day in Nashville, Tennessee.

Twenty-three years earlier, Jeffery Todd first sat behind the black and white keys of a piano, its enormous frame overpowering his small stature. Little did he know that music would take on such an important role in his adult life. As he learned chords, scales, theory, the building blocks of melodic sound, he never thought that one day he would revisit these ideas in a room where icons of the music industry had stood before him. While his lessons at The Children’s Music Workshop in Bloomington, Indiana sometimes interfered with the desires of childhood, his mother encouraged him to persevere, saying that “one day he would be glad he did.” She was right.

As his training continued, he broadened his perspective by enrolling in the Young Pianist Program at the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Under the tutelage of incredible musicians such as Christina Poon and Fred Hammond, Jeff gained a deeper understanding for the classical song. During the years he spent in the program, he gained a musical foundation that would undoubtedly prove to be essential. However, his appreciation for the emotional impact of music had not been truly explored until he met his seventh grade teacher, Travis Vanest. An artist, musician, and role-model, Travis gave his students a glimpse into the world of the singer-songwriter. Creating stories of all kinds, his songs allowed the listener to take part in his struggles, triumphs, sadness, and satisfaction. Through Travis, Jeff understood that music was much more than just notes on a page.

Years later, as Jeff began to pursue his dream, he learned that in the music industry, the wrong studio could make even a great artist sound bad. He knew that he had to make a huge decision and needed to find people that he could trust. After speaking with several recording facilities in his hometown, as well as New York and Orlando, he still was not sold on any particular location. He began to look into where his greatest influence, Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed, had recorded. Alter Bridge had recorded their second album Blackbird at, ironically, Blackbird Studio. The record had been a great success with the band’s fan base and the studio was highly praised. Because of this, Jeff decided to look into what it would take to bring his dream to Nashville. However, upon visiting the studio’s website, he was overwhelmed and intimidated by the list of clients that stretched across the screen. Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, Evanscence, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen, The Fray, Keith Urban, Paramore, Dolly Parton, Bon Jovi, and that was just on the first page. “I don’t fit in here,” Jeff thought to himself. “They’ll laugh me all the way back to Bloomington.” This wasn’t a place for some unknown kid, with no experience, to record his first album... or was it?

Sometimes you just have to take a chance.

Lyrics

Temporary Solution

Written By: Jeffery D. Todd

Verse:
You were so lost and alone
Turned out on the open road
Left to question what’s the way
To better days

Where do you go where do you turn
When the love is gone and the bridges burned
The emptiness still finds a way
To make you pay

Chorus:
And when you think that you can’t go on
Don’t forget about how far you’ve come
Its just a temporary solution
To what you’ve done
To what you’ve done

Verse:
The answers point in no direction
You’re filled with doubt and hesitation
Of whether to stay

But there is no light before the dawn
And even weakness hurts the strong
It finds a way

Chorus:
And when you think that you can’t go on
Don’t forget about how far you’ve come
Its just a temporary solution
To what you’ve done
To what we’ve done

Bridge:
And please don’t ever give up
The dark is deep and it is tough
So please believe me when I say that
You will overcome
You’ll overcome
And there’s no way I’ll let you fall
So take my hand I’ll bring you home
And through it all I know that you will
Overcome
Chorus:
And when you think that you can’t go on
Don’t forget about how far you’ve come
Its just a temporary solution
To what you’ve done
What we’ve all done

Chorus:
And when you think that you can’t go on
Don’t forget about how far you’ve come
Its just a temporary solution
To what you’ve done
To what you’ve done

Last Goodbye

Written By: Jeffery D. Todd

Chorus:
This is my last goodbye
So dry your eyes there are no tears to cry
‘Cause we all have to say a last goodbye
So walk away from me that
Final time
Oh yeah

Verse:
Now we’ve all got our memories
Of the places we’ve been and the people we’ve seen
And we all try to hold onto the past
Just to make sure that all those moments will last

Chorus:
This is my last goodbye
So dry your eyes there are no tears to cry
‘Cause we all have to say a last goodbye
So walk away from me that
Final time
Oh yeah

Verse:
There will be a time when you have to move on
But we won’t forget the ones who’ve already gone
They will always live on in the memories
Of the people they touched and the lives that they lead

Chorus:
This is my last goodbye
So dry your eyes there are no tears to cry
‘Cause we all have to say a last goodbye
So walk away from me that
Final time
Oh yeah

Chorus:
This is my last goodbye
So dry your eyes there are no tears to cry
‘Cause we all have to say a last goodbye
So walk away from me that
Final time

Holding On

Written By: Jeffery D. Todd

Verse:
Dark clouds flying overhead
Fills your day with gloom
No redemption in your sight
There’s nothing you can do
There’s nothing you can do

Chorus:
So here we are waiting again
Just trying to find the end
And there we go searchin’ again
But we’re gonna be fine my friend

Verse:
Keep holding on to what you have
Chasing after dreams
Taking chances means you’ll find
The person you could be
The person you should be

Chorus:
So here we are waiting again
Just trying to find the end
And there we go searchin’ again
But we’re gonna be fine my friend
I hope we’ll be fine my friend

Chorus:
So here we are waiting again
Just trying to find the end
And there we go searchin’ again
But we’re gonna be fine my friend

Chorus:
So here we are waiting again
Just trying to find the end
And there we go searchin’ again
But we’re gonna be fine my friend
We’re gonna be fine my friend

Brand New Day

Written By: Jeffery D. Todd

Lost along the highway
Under the midnight sun
A thousand miles away from anyone

No one to chase you
And nowhere to run
Just trying to find my way back home
Just trying to find my way back home

Will you be the one to take me away
Erase all the fear I have inside
Show me the sunrise of a brand new day
Will you be the one to take me away
Will you be the one to take me away

Just outside of Nashville
I watched the fading light
Oh how I longed for those Indiana nights

Listen to the music
And it’ll soothe your soul
Let all those burdens be let go
Let all those burdens be let go

Will you be the one to take me away
Erase all the fear I have inside
Show me the sunrise of a brand new day
Will you be the one to take me away
Will you be the one to take me away

Will you be the one to take me away
Erase all the fear I have inside
Show me the sunrise of a brand new day
Will you be the one to take me away
Will you be the one to take me away

Looking back at the memories
See how far I’ve come
Run away run away from everyone

So I hope I’ve found you
I hope you’ll be the one
That’ll help me find my way back home
Oh God I hope I’ve found my way back home

Discography

Reckless Believer, 2011

Set List

Where I Want to Be
Wild Night (Cover)
Temporary Solution
Last Goodbye
Hotel California (Cover)
Reckless Believer
The Only One
Teardrops on My Guitar (Cover)
Better Man
Brand New Day

Alternates:
Peaceful Easy Feeling (Cover)
Hallelujah (Cover)