The old creative adage that great art results from great pain is no mere cliché. One look at Meg Myers’ hardscrabble childhood — a gypsy existence that included stops in Tennessee, Ohio and Florida and situations that forced her into an unnaturally early adulthood — and it’s hardly a stretch to hear Myers’ therapeutic use of cleansing volume and soul-searing lyrical examination as a way to exorcise those emotional demons.
In fact, Myers’ musical pursuits began when she was a teenager; she taught herself to play guitar and piano, and singing and writing became a way to escape from her oppressive existence and express her inner torment.
Nine years ago, on the cusp of her 20th birthday, Myers relocated to Los Angeles to turn her musical avocation into a career. Myers eventually met producer/writer Doctor Rosen Rosen, who recognized her immense talent and signed her to his production company. The pair collaborated on the songs that would comprise her first EPs, including 2014’s Make a Shadow, her debut for Atlantic Records.
The attention generated by Make a Shadow and it’s first single, “Heart Heart Head,” led to opening gigs for Pixies as well as well-received slots at the Bunbury and Lollapalooza fests in 2014. Earlier this year, Myers teased “Sorry,” her new single and the title track from her first full-length album, on Instagram before debuting it on her YouTube channel. When Sorry was released last month, it entered Billboard’s Top 200 album chart at No. 79.
There is a bracing calm-to-storm dynamism in Myers’ body of work to date, where comparisons to PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos, Nirvana and Alice in Chains are bafflingly accurate and ultimately just a jumping-off point in experiencing the breathtaking depth of her talent and her ability to transform adversity into redemption.