Meg Todd

Meg Todd

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandAmericanaSoul

Meg Todd is a storyteller. She's a songstress with her own bold guitar style and a sultry, honest, vintage vocal style. She's captivating. She's naturally unique. Her songs are melodic & catchy. Her writing is so advanced that Earth Wind and Fire just cut one of her songs for their new album.

Biography

Who is Meg Todd?

Depends who you ask. She’s a wandering artist who can easily transplant and grow roots wherever she lands. She’s a stage maven who knows how to bring a coffee to table 2. She’s a scholar. She’s a family unifier and funny lady. She’s one hell of a tap dancer and she’ll definitely sit down and have a beer with you—especially if you’re buying.

But more than all these things, Meg Todd is a musician. Gritty, sweet and dynamic Meg Todd’s sound is a blend of soulful Americana that is constantly evolving with each song she writes and performs. Influenced by the likes of Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Nancy Sinatra, and Lucinda Williams Meg’s sound is swampy and melodic—a unique blend that provides an answer—This is Meg Todd.

Born in Cambridge Ontario, Meg Todd began writing songs by the age of 8. Maybe it was her grandfather, a dedicated trumpet player who played and arranged for the Queen of England, or her free-spirited entrepreneurial parents, but Meg started out early with the passion to create her own identity in the world through song. By the time she was 13, she was already writing and performing her own songs around town to great praise.

After graduating from high school Meg headed to Toronto to pursue her singing and songwriting, but after a while she decided she needed a greater change of scenery. She enrolled in university in Vancouver, and although her political science studies were feeding her mind her soul was still hungry for music. Instead of trying to satiate her musical self at university open mics she decided to make a bold change and do what many young musicians only dream of doing—she packed up her stuff in a car and moved to LA to pursue her passion for music. She made some successful connections in LA, played bass in a Hollywood band, became the lead singer of a band called The Living back in Vancouver and glued it all together with waitressing jobs here and there.

Even though Meg was loving the lifestyle of a struggling musician, she was craving something more in-depth. Music paved the way to change once again, and she found herself presented with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied contemporary writing and production. She studied bass under Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey and Esperanza Spalding and took advantage of everything the school had to offer: studying, arranging, classical composition, commercial writing, production, mixing, engineering, drums, bass, guitar, piano and vocals. She found her tribe at Berklee and realized that music was her home, no matter where she was.

After her training at Berklee was complete Meg took the leap and set out to create her self-titled debut album in LA. Writing the album was a synthesis of everything that came before her and it resulted in a powerful collection of songs that were recorded with the help of some renowned musicians. Meg enlisted Lynne Earls (KD Lang) as well as the following musicians to play with her on her debut record:
Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper, Stevie Nicks) played on “Broken Eyes” and “Fade and Disappear”. Randy Mitchell (donna summers, billy bob thornton) played on all songs, Shawn Davis (Lenny Kravitz) played on fade and disappear and broken eyes

Recording the album allowed Meg to explore her own musical landscape in a way she never was able to before. She feels blessed to have worked with incredible musicians on the project who met her ideas with such enthusiasm and helped to create a finished sound that realized her lifelong vision. After finishing her first album, Meg feels more creatively free than she ever has and is eager to pave the way to her next record.

Meg is currently living in LA, playing with The Magics in such legendary venues as The Mint, Molly Malones, House of Blues and The Viper Room where she is a resident musician. With each performance, her following gets stronger and the gigs become more frequent—apparently, once you’ve seen Meg it’s hard to stay away.

Do you feel it? ‘Cause we do. Excitement for Meg Todd is growing.

Lyrics

Gypsy Blood

Written By: Meg Todd, Larry Wayne Clark

I've got this gypsy blood
my mama gave to me
and it calls on me to roam
every night a different home
down a road called destiny

and i've got this eagle soul
looking down from high above
guiding me along each mile
where the common path turns wild
stirring up my gypsy blood

mama said, this is your life my baby girl
open up your eyes go see the world
you'll leave behind the ones you love
that's the price; that's the price of gypsy blood

my face is red with summer's fire
my shoes are stained with dirt and mud
i belong to a nomad breed
open up my veins, you'll see
what I bleed is gypsy blood

mama said, this is your life my baby girl
open up your eyes go see the world
you'll leave behind the ones you love
that's the price; that's the price of gypsy blood

I've got this gypsy blood
my mama gave to me
and it calls on me to roam
every night a different home
down a road called destiny

mama said, this is your life my baby girl
open up your eyes go see the world
you'll leave behind the ones you love
that's the price; that's the price
that's the price; that's the price of gypsy blood

Broken Eyes

Written By: Meg Todd

There's a little girl, no more than 4
Waiting by the window, watching the door
She wants her daddy, but she can't see him no more
She's looking through broken eyes

A boy just turned 17, spends all his time alone
Floats between two worlds like a ghost in a battlezone
He puts poison in his veins to kill the chill deep in his bones
As tears fall from broken eyes

Do we know what we're doing?
Can we measure the costs
when we shatter the dream of a child?
In the heat of the battle, something precious is lost
And we can't get it back when the innocence dies
In those broken eyes

So the lawyers go to war with greed in their smiles
Wearing 3-piece suits of armor, they'll bleed everybody dry
But the ones who suffer most are silent at the sidelines
Staring through broken eyes

When the roots are divided, the family tree won't grow
And tomorrow's gonna wither on the vine
And the damage we're doing runs deeper than we know

Do we know what we're doing?
Can we measure the costs
when we shatter the dream of a child?
In the heat of the battle, something precious is lost
And we can't get it back when the innocence dies
In those broken eyes

I Should Just Leave You

Written By: Meg Todd

I toss and turn in bed at night
Glaring at you as you sleep so tight
Uh huh, I should just leave you
Sometimes you treat me like a chore
But i keep coming back for more and more
Uh huh, I should just leave you

But all the stupid things you do
They make me break in two with laughter
Uh huh, I should just leave you

You talk too loud and tell really dirty jokes
leave every 5 minutes to light a smoke
You tease me in front of all your friends
Cross every line to see what offends
Uh huh, i should just leave you

But I wanna kiss you so hard to shut your silly mouth
and all those ridiculous things you say
I need my daily fix cuz i love you crazy, sexy baby
I can't tear myself away

Our apartment is a dirty mess
And when i clean it lasts a day at best
Uh huh, I should just leave you
You misinterpret all my texts
And never ever wanna have morning OOPS
Uh huh, I should just leave you
oh but oh no, I just can't leave you

Fade and disappear

Written By: Meg Todd

My ears, they can hear
And my eyes shed a tear
But my heart won't believe
What you're telling me

Your words leave your lips
As our hands lose their grip
We can no longer deny
Our love's demise

I'd like to say I'll move on and push you away
But I know I'll always hold on to our yesterdays

I'm thinking about your shoulder
In it's place as my pillow
As we lay in the sun
Under a weeping willow
And I'm dreaming about your hand
Brushing my hair behind my ear
And I watch this picture fade
And disappear

We've both been so alone
My arms can't reach you through the phone
But my heart won't agree with this reality

I'd like to say I'll move on and push you away
But I know I'll always hold on to our yesterdays

I'm thinking about your shoulder
In it's place as my pillow
As we lay in the sun
Under a weeping willow
And I'm dreaming about your hand
Brushing my hair behind my ear
And I watch this picture fade
And disappear

Why don't we belong
I tried to make the pieces fit
Where did we go wrong
I thought this would last forever
Waiting for so long
No matter where the wind blows, I am still chasing after you

I'm thinking about your shoulder
In it's place as my pillow
As we lay in the sun
Under a weeping willow
And I'm dreaming about your hand
Brushing my hair behind my ear
And I watch this picture fade
And disappear

Discography

Artist Discography:

Gypsy Blood - 2012 single from upcoming album

Gypsy Blood - Released in commercial for "Weekendz Only" Clothing Store http://vimeo.com/48641077

I Should Just Leave You - Compilation Album "Aurora" (Creative Spotlights)

Little Things - 2011 single from self-titled album

Fade and Disappear - 2011 single from self-titled album

I Should Just Leave You - 2011 single from self-titled album

Meg Todd (self-titled album 2011)
- Available on itunes and Spotify

Songwriting Discography:

"Love is Law" Earth Wind and Fire - Album "Now, Then & Forever" (SONY Records)

"Start over" Kenny Lattimore - Album "Back To Cool" (Walmart release)