All About The Bass-line: Meghan Trainor eyes reggae genre

All About The Bass-line: Meghan Trainor eyes reggae genre

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Meghan Trainor wants to make a reggae album. The 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, who is set to release her debut album Title this month, told RTÉ she is already envisioning a different kind of follow-up. “I wanna get my reggae out there,” she shared. Sounds unusual for the Massachusetts-born, Nashville-influenced musician. Not so much. The All About That Bass hitmaker substantiated her comments, in an interview with Radio.com, stating that reggae, soca and kaiso is what she listens to daily.


Caribbean music
Trainor’s love affair with Caribbean music was steered by her uncle Burton. Her aunt Lisa met and married Burton Toney – former member of the Trinidad & Tobago band Atlantik – in the early 2000s. The Toneys settle in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where they started the Island Fusion band. The band included Trainor, her parents and younger brother. They became popular on the Massachusetts circuit and has even opened for veteran dancehall acts Beenie Man and Lady Saw. Trainor is very close to the Toneys and attributes her performance style to her uncle Burton, who introduced her to Caribbean culture.

Seasoned musician
By the age of 17, Trainor had participated in many songwriting competitions/workshops, attended the famed Berkelee Music School, been a member of two bands (one reggae fusion, one jazz), self-produced three albums, and signed a publishing deal. Trainor has penned songs for many artistes including country music group Rascal Flatts as well as contributed vocals and sang demos for several acts.

The singer’s parents are to be credited for encouraging her eclectic musical interests especially he father who introduced her to doo-wop, jazz and R&B soul at a very early age. The multi-talented performer plays bass, guitar, ukelele, keyboard, trumpet, percussion, piano and bongo. She composes mainly for country, hip hop, reggae and soca genres. But prefers doo-wop and reggae.

Trainor’s musical influences include Earth Wind & Fire, Ray Charles, Jason Mraz, NSYNC, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, and T-Pain. She says her favourite artiste is Bruno Mars (who also favours the reggae genre), her dance inspiration is Beyonce and that she dreams of penning songs for Rihanna.

Recognition
All About The Bass is nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Last year Trainor was listed as the 4th most Trending Music Artiste in Google’s Year in Search. Additionally, Billboard magazine ranked her the 4th best new artiste of the year and 12th on the 21 Under 21 list.

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