Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Let’s see some awesome facts and trivia about her!
1. Meghan Elizabeth Trainor was born on December 22, 1993
2. She began writing music at age 11, starting with her own arrangement of the song “Heart and Soul” (1938).
3. In Nantucket, Massachusetts, the daughter of Kelly Anne “Kelli” (Jekanowski) and Gary Trainor, jewelry store owners.
4. Trainor attributes her early start to being born into a musical family.
5. Trainor’s father was a music teacher and musician, and plays organ in a Methodist church.
6. Her great-uncle Bob LaPalm was a member of the rock band NRBQ
7. Trainor’s aunt and Trinidadian uncle, Lisa and Burton Toney, are soca music performers and songwriters.
8. Trainor has two brothers: Ryan (born 1992) and younger brother Justin.
9. Meghan Trainor began singing at age six, initially singing with her father at church.
10. At age 11, Trainor told her father that she wanted to become a recording artist and began writing songs, recording them using GarageBand from her MacBook.
11. At age 12, Trainor began performing as part of Island Fusion, an “all-purpose party band” which performed covers, soca music, and Trainor’s compositions.
12. The band included her aunt, her younger brother, and her father.
13. Trainor played piano,guitar, and bongo drum, and sang with the band for four years.
14. By age 13, Trainor had written her first original song, “Give Me a Chance”.
15. At age 15, she took guitar lessons from former NRBQ band member Johnny Spampinato.
16. During this time, Trainor used Logic Studio to record and produce her compositions, and later worked independently from a home studio that her parents constructed for her.
17. Between the ages of 15 and 17, Trainor independently released three albums of material she wrote, recorded and performed herself.
18. Her eponymous debut album, Meghan Trainor, was released on December 25, 2009.
19. Meghan Trainor released “Take Care of Our Soldiers” on April 16, 2010, a charity single in support of American troops abroad.
20. During this time, she received the accolade for Best Female Artist at the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Grand Prize at the 2010 New Orleans Songwriter’s Festival, the 2011 Tennessee Concerts Song Contest and John Lennon Love Song Songwriting Contest.
21. She was offered a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.
22. However, Trainor decided to forego college to pursue a career in songwriting instead.
23. Her second single, “Who I Wanna Be”, was released on April 24, 2012.
24. Throughout 2013, Trainor traveled to Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, where she would write and help produce country and pop music.
25. She would also sing lead and background vocals for demos of other artists, with her vocals occasionally making the final cut.
26. She later earned her first songwriting royalties by penning for artists from Italy and Denmark.
27. In June 2013, Trainor met producer Kevin Kadish in Nashville through a referral from Wallace and a mutual friend.
28. Kadish and Trainor shared a love for retro style music and began recording together that month.
29. Kadish and Trainor co-wrote “All About That Bass” in 2014.
30. The single peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100,making her the fifth female artist to follow up her chart-topping debut hit with another top 5 single.
31. Growing up, Trainor was introduced to 1950s music, doo-wop, jazz, and the works of James Brown by her father
32. Trainor was raised around soca and other Caribbean styles.
33. She credits 1950s music, soca, and Frank Sinatra for influencing her hip hop, pop musical blend.
34. As a songwriter, she is influenced by songs performed by Sinatra. “No one writes like that anymore, because it’s hard”, she said.
35. She is inspired by Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins.
36. She has named the 1999 Tarzansoundtrack—on which Collins features—as her favorite album during her youth.
37. She also cites Bruno Mars as one of her biggest influences.
38. In 2014, Rolling Stone deemed Trainor the year’s “Most Unlikely Pop Star”.
39. While promoting her first album, she was noted for serving as an inspiration to youth who struggle with body image and bullying.
40. The Guardian called her “the poster girl for the larger woman” and “pop’s emblem for self-acceptance”, while Fashion Times wrote that Trainor “inspired many women to embrace their curves”.
41. Online magazine Mic, however, has described Trainor as anti-feminist suggesting she seeks self-worth based on the opinions of men but in an interview in 2016, Trainor clarified that she is a feminist after learning its real meaning.
42. Meghan Trainor has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter.
43. After co-writing “All About That Bass”, Meghan’s song was offered to stars such as Beyoncé and Adele, but she ended up releasing it as her own single.
44. She loves cats.
45. One of her favourite TV shows is “Saved By The Bell”.
46. She was the only girl in a joint boy and girl football team for three years.
47. She has a major phobia of the dark!
48. She used to have blue eyes but now they turned green.
49. When she was a child she had a pet lizard, a rat, and a snake.
5o. The Guardian called her “the poster girl for the larger woman” and “pop’s emblem for self-acceptance”.
51. Meghan always wanted to have a sister.
52. Shockingly she claims that she had never danced prior to the All About The Bass video – with the exception of dancing in her bedroom to Beyonce.
53. Her fans have the coolest sounding collective ever – they call themselves “Megantrons”
54. She enjoys snorkeling and scuba diving.
55. Trainor’s vocals have been described as “soulful” and “highly resonant”, and “a reedy cross” between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.