Meredith Shaw

Meredith Shaw

 
201 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkCountry

"She seductive, she's hurtin' and she can holler" Roots Music Canada
"Super Peppy!" Exclaim
"Hardest Goodbye is our Song Of The Week" CBC
"Amazing! Loving Hardest Goodbye!" Candice Knihniski Indie 88.1

Recently signed to eOne Music Canada, Shaw is releasing a series of 3 song EPs this year featuring different producers & collaborations: "TROUBLE" (Dec 2013) produced by Joel Plaskett ; EP "HARDEST GOODBYE" produced by The Trews' John Angus MacDonald (March 2014). Next EP Fall 2014

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Biography

Meredith Shaws musical journey is unique among singer/songwriters today in that she is giving the world a chance to see her artistic and creative development happen in real time.

Shaw's music has a sophisticated pop vibe and features clever, witty lyrics, mixed with a playful sensuality. Her uncanny ability to compose evocative, yet fun and memorable melodies created a ground-breaking debut CD and caught the attention of the music industry and music lovers far and wide.

Her 2011 debut album, Place Called Happy established the popular radio personality and club performer as a musician and songwriter to be reckoned with - a refreshing face, voice and approach on the North American music scene.

Her current musical adventure is an exciting series of recordings that has entered its second phase with the upcoming release of a new three-song EP entitled Hardest Goodbye.

Phase one saw Shaw work with talented recording artist, songwriter and producer Joel Plaskett as producer for the Trouble three-song EP which came out in the spring of 2013.

This second phase, Hardest Goodbye, was produced by John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews.

It features a whole other side of Meredith Shaw a deeper, more contemplative, rootsier, more grounded artist. The songs still highlight her quick wit, clever turns of phrase and delightful melodies, but they are infused with a true roots sensibility.

 Im walking along the alt-country road. I am moving forward. I am doing what I am doing and the world around me is changing, Shaw said.

The title track, Hardest Goodbye is a modern, melodic take on the good old fashioned hurtin song youre going to get out of Shaw.

Hardest Goodbye walks that line between pop and the kind of country music I am interested in doing. The country influences are there, Shaw explained.

What I am hoping to do is set the stage for something that might come next for me, because these songs represent where I am musically right now. I am very involved in that more traditional, old-school country community so naturally, I find myself making that kind of music.

Even If You Dont Know could confidently be said to be the most country of the trip of tunes.

It has a bit of a honky tonk vibe to it. Its probably the most traditional country song on the EP, and it is a blast to perform live, Shaw said.

Conversely, the song Slide is a smoky, sultry little number that is better suited to the boudoir than the dance floor. It features backing vocals by soul rock group, The Walkervilles, and one of Shaws most enticing and expressive vocal performances ever captured on tape.

After hearing the Walkervilles do their stuff on the track. I went back and told John-Angus I wanted to redo my vocals. I wasnt singing against all of their voices originally. I was kind of just cooing in the vocal booth. I didnt have the context. So the vocal that made it onto the EP was done in one take. And that was awesome, said Shaw.

The goal of Shaws current journey is a full album encapsulating each phase of this musical adventure. Rather than recording all of the songs and just sitting on them for months on end, she decided to release an EP representing each creative segment of her journey a snapshot of her evolutionary process.

I guess what I am doing is more like a reality show of creating music. As long as I am really solid and happy with every stage, and that its good music, thats what matters, she said.

Shaw is charting her own musical path. By creating small recording packages that feature their own unique style and sound, she is taking ownership of her journey, and not catering to the schizophrenic whims of popular culture.

And she has been rewarded for not only her talent, but her independent spirit and integrity with a distribution and promotional deal with eOne Music Canada. As well, the song Call It A Night from her first EP, spent much of the summer of 2013 firmly planted in the top 20 on CBC Radio 2s charts, and she also toured extensively, and spent a great deal of time in Nashville.

Honestly, I dont totally have all the answers as to what the final product is going to be. But its a very interesting journey so far. I think this process, and releasing the material as its completed, is really helping to define my voice, both as a writer and as a singer. And I hope people come with me on this ride, because I think were going to end up somewhere really good, she said.

For more information, visit www.meredithshaw.com.

 

Lyrics

CALL IT A NIGHT

Written By: Meredith Shaw,Patrick Ballantyne, Patrick Ballantyne

Call It A Night

I’m not afraid to get dirt on my dress
Love isn’t worth it unless it’s a mess
I could be wrong but I could really care less
You’re knocking me knocking me out. Yes.

Chorus
C’mon C’mon C’mon baby can’t you feel me looking don’t you give a damn
C’mon C’mon C’mon darlin I won’t wait forever just because I can
Oh my my Oh my my
I’m about to let you do what you like
Oh my my Oh my my
Call me up Don’t let me down
I’ll call your name we’ll call it a night

I don’t expect you believe that it’s true
But this is something I usually do
I’m blushing already I’m falling for you
I’m following following following following through

Chorus
C’mon C’mon C’mon baby can’t you feel me looking don’t you give a damn
C’mon C’mon C’mon darlin I won’t wait forever just because I can
Oh my my Oh my my
I’m about to let you do what you like
Oh my my Oh my my
Call me up Don’t let me down
You’ll take me out we’ll shake it up
I’ll call your name we’ll call it a night

Bridge
Sometimes we need a little comfort
Sometimes we need a little speed
Right now I need your number
Come on give me what I need

Solo

C’mon C’mon C’mon baby can’t you feel me looking don’t you give a damn
C’mon C’mon C’mon darlin I won’t wait forever just because I can
Oh my my Oh my Oh my my
I’m about to let you do what you like
Oh my my you Blow my mind
Oh-uh-uhohohih
Oh my my Oh my my
I’m about to let you do what you like
Oh my my Oh my my

Call me up Don’t let me down
You’ll take me out we’ll shake it up
You call my name we’ll find us some trouble
And then we’ll call it a night.

Discography

Place Called Happy 2011
Trouble 2013
Hardest Goodbye 2014