Megan Jerome

Megan Jerome

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzCabaret

I'm a singer-songwriter specializing in cabaret-style songs. I play solo on piano. Arty, funny, sparse and sexy, my music and shows are eclectic and soulful...like Bridget Jones meets Chocolat.

Biography

Megan Jerome is a singer-songwriter specializing in cabaret-style songs. She plays solo on piano. Arty, funny, sparse and sexy, her music and shows are eclectic and soulful...like Bridget Jones meets Chocolat.

Megan’s albums have delighted critics and audiences alike, topping CBC and community radio station charts nationwide. Megan's newest, boldest and most intimate recording is truly a solo performance - just Megan and her grand piano, in her living room. Beautiful singing, playing, arranging and songwriting pervade this very sparse, very original album that is both raw and fragile. In their pared down state, these new songs reflect an emotional depth never before heard in her work.

"The songs are sparse in their composition, but are made warm by a sensuous voice and sultry delivery. The song “Mike,” written about her husband (musician-composer Mike Essoudry), is a tender re-telling of warm exchanges in their long-blooming relationship. The song “Want” is more obscure on details, but is clear in its intention. Of the nine songs on the album, it’s the horndoggiest.

Jerome delivers this tune smoothly on the piano, and laughs loudly when we dissect the lyrics. (She rhymes “more” and “sore” in a yowza stanza). Other tunes display a sprightly sense of humour and an appreciation for the ends and bends of the piano — and the many ways you can manipulate it to get a great sound that’s more resonant.

For her new album, Jerome recorded with producer Ross Murray at home on her Heintzman."
-Fateema Sayani, Ottawa Magazine

Megan's vibrant performances have enchanted critics and audiences at a wide range of venues, from art galleries, clubs and taverns, to some of Canada's major jazz, blues and folk festivals. She is a recipient of the Galaxie Rising Star Award.

"It is not just her incredible musical talent, but her laughter, her story telling, her light, that is so memorable.  She is so brave to talk about places that are vulnerable and tender for all of us...  I do still keep thinking of fearless Megan".
-Audience Member

Described by poet David O’Meara as “not only one of our most interesting artists, also one of our most interested artists” Megan is inspired by Marc Chagall paintings, time spent in Paris, riproaring chic-lit, eclectic decorating books, field recordings, grooves and bass lines that make her move. Megan has worked with choirs, actors and dancers, including collaborating with renowned choreographer Tedd Robinson on a contemporary dance work set to her songs. Megan has recently returned from a month in New Orleans spent soaking in the brass bands, soul food and culture - a powerful experience sure to fuel both her performances and future songwriting.

"Exquisite, fresh and sparkling!"
-CBC Radio

“A captivating performer and fine singer”
—Bobby Read, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, www.bobbyread.com

“Sacré Ottawa! A fascinatingly quirky composer-chanteuse from our Nation’s Capital”
—Montreal Mirror

“an incredibly talented artist”
—Matthew Pollesol, i(heart)music

“Intimate, quirky and fearlessly beautiful”
—Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

“Megan Jerome is awesome”
—Simone Deneau, National Arts Centre

Discography

*All recordings receive regular airplay on CBC radio.

Megan Jerome (2012)
Streaming on CBC Music

Bloomers (2010)
CBC Radio One CD of the Month
CBC Radio Three Track of the Day
Top 30 CKCU, CHUO, CKUA
Top 20 iTunes Jazz Charts, Portugal and New Zealand
Nominated Best New Folk/Country Album of the Year, XPress
Song of the Year, i (heart) music

This Uneven Pace (2006)
Top 30 CKCU, CHUO, CHLY, CFUV, CILU

Unlonely (2004)
CBC Radio One Top 5 Ontario Records
Top 30 CKCU, CHUO, CHLY, CFUV, CILU

Streaming:
http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/artists/Megan-Jerome

Set List

Set lists and lengths are flexible, according to the concert.

Song titles:
want
equestrienne
canyon
dance
falling
secrets
moon
why
mike

amour
upside down
little girls
ils ne sontaient pas la
flora
vitebsk
tin star
cake tray
starry star
two loves
big old moon
who loves

3 Cars
lullaby
yellow moon
spider tango
last waltz
big sky
unlonely
jerry

slippery
skating
campfire
a prayer for good
up she walks
promenade en l'air
rearview mirror
copper and stars
till there was you
upupup
velvet
i am short