Epic RecordsSix months ago, nobody knew who Meghan Trainor was. Now, the 20-year-old singer from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is the belle of the pop music ball: her hit “All About That Bass” has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six straight weeks, and she just received an American Music Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. Meaghan calls last achievement “unbelievable” — literally.
“I didn’t believe it. I always happens when I’m waking up from a night of sleep — I always get the text from my mom, like, ‘Congrats baby girl, you got nominated!’” says Meghan. “It’s insane. I had to call them to make sure it was real. It’s unbelievable. I’m really excited.”
Megan’s also excited — and shocked — about the fact that she’s managed to achieve most of her career goals in such a short time.
“I have a goal board in my Nashville apartment and I was just showing my family, like, ‘Look, a week before I got the record deal I made this and I said I want number one song on Billboard, and I want the number one song in the world,’ and…put all the pictures up,” Meghan says. “It’s like, I got all of this already, just from, like, a few months ago!”
Along with Colbie Caillat‘s “Try,” “All About That Bass” has started a national conversation about female self-empowerment and body image. In “All About That Bass,” Meghan sings about not being a size 2, being proud of her booty, and says, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” Meghan says the point of the song isn’t so much about her own self-image, as it is about letting young girls know that they shouldn’t feel insecure about their appearance
“When they ask me, like, ‘What [size] do you think you are?’ I think I’m pretty regular. I feel comfy. I’m alright,” she says. “I ate pizza all day yesterday and I still feel great. But, the song is just lovin’ your size, no matter what size you are, just being comfortable in your own skin, ’cause I wish I was like that in high school, you know?”
In fact, Meghan says that she feels a lot better about herself simply because she’s been performing the song non-stop for the past few months.
“Just like singing these lyrics over and over again and watching the reaction, I’m so confident now! It’s crazy!” she laughs.
In addition to its lyrics, part of the appeal of “All About That Bass” is its retro, doo-wop sound. Meghan says she loves older music, and she and her co-writer, Kevin Kadish, made a conscious decision to make something that was the opposite of everything else on the radio.
“I did jazz band all throughout school and I played trumpet and sang and I loved that old school feel,” she explains. “And when I first met Kevin…we bonded over that. And then, we were like, ‘We should just forget the rules, like, let’s just do something different.’ And it worked!”
Meghan just released a new song called “Lips Are Movin’” and is currently finishing up her first full-length album — her EP, called Title, is out now. Come 2015, she’ll be hitting the road.
“I’m headlining a tour, I guess,” she says, as though even she can’t believe it. She says the tour will start in February and adds, “It’s insane ’cause at first they were talking, like, ‘Let’s get you on a huge artist’s tour’ and now they’re like, ‘Uh-uh, you gonna do this yourself!’ And I was like, “OK, that’s cool!’”
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