Meg Braun

Meg Braun

 New York City, New York, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Contemporary urban singer/songwriter in t he vein of Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant and Suzanne Vega. I believe that the driving theme is how we connect with each other through our relationships-familial, friendship, love.

Biography

Meg Braun is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter known for her fearless writing, dynamic vocal style and performances that have charmed audiences from California to Texas and throughout the Northeast.

The Toledo, Ohio native arrived in New York with her diploma and the hopes of building a career in non-profit advocacy. What she found instead, was admission into the Citys vibrant creative class. While living in Manhattans East Village, Meg covered for a friend one Tuesday evening as host of the open mic at the legendary C-Note. Immediately, she knew she had found her place. When the host position opened up shortly thereafter, Meg gladly took the helm and guided for years what became a weekly salon of sorts, welcoming a distinctive collection of songwriters. As host, Meg encouraged writers to share new songs each week, and gradually built a community that inspired its members toward sharper skills and wider success.

Finally, after spending time working on her craft in peer groups such as the Manhattan Songwriters Circle and SummerSongs songwriting camps, Meg released her first CD, Tomboy Princess in 2009. These tunes have since earned Meg invitations to share the stage with The Kennedys, Catie Curtis, Greg Greenway, and Severin Browne.

In 2011 Meg released her second CD of original songs, Broken Places. Produced by Tom Prasada-Rao in his Richardson, Texas studio, these songs explore the facets of brokenness both in relationships and the world, and how surviving makes us each stronger.

In 2012, her womens songwriting group, known as the Chicks with Dip, released Joni Mitchells Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration. On the recording, Meg sings River, Mitchell's wistful Christmas break-up song. They are touring the Northeast and beyond with this recording.

As 2013 is underway, Meg's songwriting has taken off into new places. In July of 2013, "Drunkard's Daughter" a song co-written with neo-traditional singer/songwriter Diana Jones will be featured on Diana's new album "Museum of Applacia Recordings", signifying that the path of Meg's songwriting is one to follow.

Lyrics

Longing

Written By: Meg Braun

He looks at her as though he has never seen such beauty
Amazed that he is the one holding her hand
She returns his glance with a quiet smile
They speak a language I can only hope to understand

And I wonder why I am always left on the outside looking in on love, why I am left
Longing, longing, longing

She pushes her little boy high as he can go on the park swing
He laughs and raises his arms in the air
She picks him, twirls him around, he is flying
They don't even notice me watching them through the sun's glare

And I wonder if I will ever know the kind of love she has for him, will I be left
Longing, longing, longing

Bridge:
Its not as if I don't have many things I have
But sometimes when the night gets cold
I wonder if these dreams have left me alone

And if I will always be on the outside looking in on love
Will I be left
Longing, longing, longing

Strong Women

Written By: Meg Braun

I come from a line of strong women
They taught me everything I know about this life I am living
Their blood runs deep in my veins
They're in every step I take, every joy, every pain
I come from a line of strong women

My grandma, she was a poor man's daughter
She face head on every hardship her life brought her
She had a baby boy, he took his last breathe in her arms
She laid him in the ground with a lullaby song
I carry that song in my voice and her story in my heart

Chorus:
I come from a line of strong women
I come from a line of strong women

There was a little girl, everybody said she would be never be hold
Said treat her special and don't let her have too many goals
But my mother learned to fight, she never gave up on her dreams
She passed on that fight to me, she taught me to believe
I carry her song in my voice and her story in my heart

Bridge:
You might see us cry
You might see us fall
You might see us break
But we rise above it all

Someday when I have my own little girl
I'm gonna show her all the beauty in this green and blue world
I'm gonna tell her all the stories of all those who came before
Who unlocked the gates and opened all the doors
She'll carry their songs in her voice and their stories in her heart
and she'll say

I come from a line of strong women
They taught me everything I know about this life I am living
Their blood runs deep in my veins
They're in every step I take, every joy, every pain
I come from a line of strong women