Impartial artist Megan Brown burst onto the Christian music scene together with her debut single “If I’m Sincere,” in January 2020. Rapidly garnering grassroots recognition within the underground Christian music scene, alongside larger names reminiscent of Chris Renzema and John Mark McMillan and stylistically drawing inspiration from worship artists like Amanda Prepare dinner, Brown has discovered herself discovering each who she is as an artist and the way she desires to achieve folks together with her music.
Constructed on the will to uncover laborious to reckon with feelings and convey into the sunshine the conflicts of life she faces as a person, an artist and a Christian, Brown sat down with American Songwriter to debate the place she finds inspiration, motivation and objectives.
So Megan, what’s your songwriting course of? The place do you draw inspiration?
For me, songwriting is the way in which that I course of and address tough emotions and private life experiences. Most of my songs are the results of me sitting down and writing down how I really feel. Typically, I’m in a position to write when I’m in the course of a tough circumstance. Typically, I’m not in a position to write about one thing till months after it occurs. With that being stated, I draw most of my inspiration from the depth of my very own feelings.
In relation to your new single “Home I Constructed”, when did you write it, and the way does it apply to your life proper now?
I wrote “Home I Constructed” a couple of yr in the past. On the time, I used to be experiencing loads of frustration with myself for not with the ability to stroll away from a particular idol. I knew it wasn’t good for me, however my need to be fulfilled saved me coming again for extra. It’s humorous, as a result of I’ve at the moment discovered myself again in the identical cycle. However, I’m realizing that the energy to stroll away can solely be discovered on the finish of myself. Initially, the lyric “are you able to assist me now? I’m on the finish of myself” was written as a strategy to categorical the truth that I felt like I saved messing up a lot that there was no manner that God may assist me. However now, that line has taken on a complete new which means to me. Freedom from yesterday and energy for tomorrow begins once I invite God into the home that I constructed, as a substitute of attempting to demolish it myself. I’m realizing that I can’t make God mad at me, regardless of what number of instances I stay like a canine returning to its vomit (proverbs 26:11). Not solely is He not mad, however He delights to achieve into the home I constructed.
The place do you see your self becoming into and discovering a spot within the Christian indie music environment?
I absolutely consider that being understood is the results of being trustworthy. My whole life, I’ve struggled with feeling misunderstood and alone. I’ve solely ever skilled freedom from this stuff by way of honesty with myself, others, and God. My aim as an artist is to carry a refreshing rawness to the Christian music scene by creating an area for listeners to point out up empty handed. There’s freedom in vulnerability, and my biggest need is for others to expertise this freedom music. I do know that I’ve.
Who’re your influences, affecting your music, each in life and songwriting?
At the moment, a few of my musical influences embrace sleeping eventually and Amanda prepare dinner. I’m at all times drawn to music that feels uncooked and emotional, each lyrically and sonically. I undoubtedly assume these two artists do embrace each of those components fantastically. So far as on a regular basis life, my buddies affect me massive time. A few of my most impactful songs have been born out of conversations I had with buddies.
Stylistically, what motivates you to create music such as you do in sound and lyrical content material?
Like I discussed above, I’ve at all times been drawn to emotional music. For this goal, I have a tendency to put in writing lyrics as if I’m pouring my coronary heart out to God with no filter. Sonically, I’m at all times drawn to orchestral components as a result of they really feel cinematic and cathartic. The aim is for the tune to inform my story authentically, lyrically and sonically.
What are your objectives as you write, who’re you attempting to achieve and the way do you do this?
Once I write, the aim is to speak about my private experiences in essentially the most trustworthy manner potential. Worry of being alienated typically retains folks from being trustworthy, so I need to present the phrase that freedom comes with honesty. With that being stated, my need is to achieve those that really feel alone, misunderstood, and lower off. I plan to do that by creating music that connects with listeners spiritually and emotionally.
What’s subsequent for you? Might this single be working towards an album or EP launch?
Sure, that’s the aim. I’ve been engaged on some stuff that I’m so excited to share with the world.