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CONTINUING CREATIVITY WITH MEGAN GRANEY


Singer/ Songwriter Megan Graney's music is an ethereal dream and she is the ultimate dreamer.


Where are you located now and where are you originally from?

I am currently located in Los Angeles, West Hollywood if we want to get specific! LA has been my home for the last 5 years. Originally, I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I do have to give credit to my hometown, being born and raised in Northern California has influenced my stylistic roots in songwriting. My parents raised me with the sounds of Bill Withers, James Brown, Luther Vandross, Sade, and Toni Braxton. You can hear timeless elements in my music through jazz infused arrangements and soulful vocals that leave you feeling nostalgic.

Who has been your greatest influence?

My greatest influence has been Sade, hands down. A literal goddess. I grew up listening to her albums in the car as my parents would pick me up and drop me off from school. As I continued into high school, her tone and style resonated with me early on. She’s given timeless music that equally matches a sophisticated presence with everything she does. Now, I find myself gravitating towards a similar writing style that’s still uniquely mine. Smooth vocals are a must for me. As a true 90’s baby, her music made an everlasting impression on me.

What is your latest and greatest?

My latest and greatest involves my second single ‘Waves’. It was released in late August and has become an anthem for cathartic release. ‘Waves’ focuses on the journey of grief and how it changes as time goes by after losing someone. My Co-writer, Mitchell Haeuszer, and I wrote it after my father passed away in 2020. I am so grateful this song has helped soothe the continued pain for anyone who has lost a loved one. Since its release, my music has sparked many conversations about resiliency and alchemizing grief into hope.

Are you performing LIVE soon?

I’ve started to perform live on podcasts, IG lives, and other streaming services. Upcoming dates include Thursday, October 14th on The Ted Show with Ted Bogart. I will be singing ‘Waves’ and ‘Borrowed Time’! I’m performing at a private book launch on Tuesday, October 26th and an intimate house show in November. You can also refer to my website for future performances at https://www.megangraney.com/. We are planning to record live studio versions of each single. There are many things brewing for debut soon, keep an eye and ear out for me!


What are you most looking forward to in 2022?

The next thing for me is finishing my first EP. Part of that includes building customized artwork for each song. We are working with graphic creators that can help us capture the emotional symbolism of each song with striking visuals. Eventually, we will be releasing music videos after the unveiling of the EP. Hopefully by next year, I can start to showcase this body of work with live performances. Performing a tour of my own has been a huge dream and we’re building a solid foundation for that to become a reality soon. The journey continues!

How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?

The past two years for the music industry have brought permanent changes at rapid speed. I’ve dealt with these shifts by truly focusing on what’s within my control. Part of that has included nurturing my craft and being very still. I took a major hiatus to figure out what my role is in this industry. I began to build a strong foundation with my creative team who continue to uplift my artistry: Mitchell Haeuszer (Co-Writer & Producer), Donavan Brown (Manager), and Franziska Pugh (PR). Their endless support has allowed my creative vision to expand beyond all limitations. They hold me accountable in bringing out my highest creative potential and hone my abilities as an artist. I am focused on building a community within my fanbase, where people can feel heard and resonate with each other’s experiences.

Now more than ever, we’ve witnessed the success and possibilities of an independent artist. I believe the paradigm of major labels doesn’t have as much of an appeal or drastic need for artists. This is an unprecedented time where we have access to technology’s leaps, while learning how these tools can benefit my own platform. It's much more ideal to own your music and have creative control. There are ways to work around the financial downfalls of being unsigned, but ultimately the trade off is worth it’s weight in gold for a long-term play in this industry.


What would you say to your younger self if you could?

If I could say one thing to my younger self it would be: don’t compare yourself, there is room for everyone. I have sadly experienced the competitive nature amongst women in this industry, and throughout life in general. The more I’ve learned, the more I’ve witnessed that everyone’s gifts can be appreciated. When I was younger, I had a tendency to play small or wanting to blend in. I cared about the needs of other kids my age and felt so much joy when I could see their happiness.

Sometimes I think children can indirectly take on the burdens of others. Especially if it can help elevate levels of comfort for everyone. Flashforward to my current self - there are healthy ways to uplift and celebrate another person’s success. Comparison can lead to a slippery slope, riddled with doubt and jealousy. I would tell my younger self that what makes her unique, will rightfully become her superpower into adulthood.


On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?

On a scale from one to ten, I would say I’m an 8 on the driven scale. I also believe drive needs to flow with work life balance. Maintaining focus with clear intention is a force to reckon with. My drive takes moments of pause. I honor breathing room for days where I need to rest. Creatives rely on a quiet space to process and clear the way for new ideas to come in. Ever since I was a young girl, I felt my life would serve a greater purpose outside myself. I consider songwriting as a service to others. After that clicked, my drive caught up with action, followed by continued momentum. All done with the desire to help the collective heal through music.


When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?

When I’m not feeling motivated, I get back on track by immersing myself in nature. I know that sounds very corny-Californian, but I don’t mean it in a “trendy” sense. Living in Los Angeles is highly stimulating for me. Such a condensed space has forced me to figure out how to find small snapshots of peace throughout my day. A simple walk away from the concrete jungle really does it for me. I feel good when I can see trees, flowers, clouds, water, and animals. It has a massive influence on my mood, an endorphin-boost if you will.

Time in nature influences my motivation by helping me reset and recharge. Apparently, I’m an extroverted introvert. I didn’t even know that was a thing, but it makes sense why I crave alone time with scenic views. There are many forms of self-care that help me course correct when I’m feeling blocked. Prioritizing quiet and peace has become a precious part of my day. Limiting distraction has protected me as I continue to nurture my artistry.


How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?

I believe both good and bad luck perpetuate themselves by personal choice. The last two years have allowed me to get even more clarity on the purpose of using my gifts as a songwriter. Once I started making choices from that mindset, more “luck” began to happen. I began to meet other creators who want to make a positive impact through music. That has crossed over in finding my niche audience - listeners who are truly resonating with the depth of my work.

“Bad luck” has presented itself more when I was making choices from a poverty mindset, based out of fear in not taking risks that truly advocated for myself. No matter the outcome, I can confidently say that I’ve learned how to remain resilient as I strive towards making music that will truly help people. Staying authentic to myself and my messaging has paid off tenfold in my personal and professional life.

How can we stay up to date with you?

You can stay up to date with me through my website at https://www.megangraney.com/.

If you would like to support my music and artistic team, you can become a member of our community through my Patreon account at https://www.patreon.com/megangraneymusic. Building a communal space around creativity is a top priority for us to continue providing quality music and content for my audience. Your exchange and appreciation is invaluable for an emerging independent artist. We can’t wait to share more exciting updates with you as they unfold!

Links to any social /music account you want to share?

All of my social media platforms can be found on Linktree at https://linktr.ee/MeganGraneyMusic.

You can also follow me on Instagram and Spotify. More details will surface on these platforms regarding my upcoming releases and live performances!