Meghann Wright is a blues-rock-pop singer-songwriter originally from Makaha, Hawaii who adopted Brooklyn, New York, as her hometown. She’s also involved with the community in New York and has a passion for helping younger, female artists find their way. She’s been featured in such publications as “B—h”, “American Songwriter”, and “Diffuser” and is known for her songs about heartbreak and the struggles of daily life. I sat down with her at the West Palm Beach date of the Vans Warped Tour and we talked about her non-profit organization, her new album, and bowling the most gutterballs at Warped Tour’s charity bowling event.
Hali Neal: How’s your Warped Tour experience been so far?
Meghann Wright: It’s been really good. It’s been running for like 21 years so they’ve seen it all and done it all. So the way they’ve set it up, it’s easy for the artist to figure out what they need to do and stuff like that every day so it’s good.
HN: That’s always good. I saw that you draw a lot from your personal experiences and just life in general with your music, do you always go to that? Like, is that your mission with your music/career – to help other people?
MW: Yeah, it’s kinda both. Yeah usually I’m influenced by something that’s going on in my life or something that’s going on in someone I care about’s life. I tend to write based on that. I feel like a lot of people draw inspiration from that.
HN: I saw you have a nonprofit too? Or you’re a part of it?
MW: Yeah, I have – It’s called City and the Heart and I started the organization. It’s all female independent artists from New York. We started by doing showcases and stuff like that, then we put out a couple of compilation records, the second of which came out [in June]. So we do these showcases and these compilation releases, all the proceeds go to Safe Horizon, which is a nonprofit organization that benefits victims of abuse.
HN: Would you say your mission with your nonprofit is more about empowering women?
MW: That is, yes.
HN: Name one song that people would be surprised to find on your iPod.
MW: I don’t know, man. Probably a lot. [laughs]. Probably all the metal and hardcore I listen to.
HN: Any one band in particular? ‘Cause I know people are always surprised when they find out I like rap music ‘cause I mostly listen to rock music.
MW: I guess I could pick Crowbar.
HN: You have a favorite Warped Tour experience?
MW: [hesitantly] Yes. There’s a few actually. I just had a guest blog, which has been one of my favorite things. One of them that was pretty funny was that I was part of the Acoustic Basement stages team for the charity bowling that we do – that Warped Tour does every year. So our team lost actually.
HN: That was a good experience then?
MW: It was funny because I won the trophy for “Most Gutter Balls”.
HN: Oh. They have a trophy like that? That’s funny.
HN: Is there anything you’d want to say to young girls now that maybe don’t have a female presence in their life?
MW: You’re a badass, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Always go with your gut instinct. Believe in yourself. And there are some empowering songs that I have: “Diamonds Blaze” is one. “Sunshine in the Rain” is a good one. They’re both like, self-empowering songs. I’m writing new ones now, but they’re not on the new record right now. My new record “Nothing To Lose” came out June 30th.
HN: Is there anything else you want to add?
MW: No, that’s it. Thanks. Have a good day.
HN: You too.