Role: Cajon Player/Drummer/Band Fixer
When I got the call to work with Meghan Trainor on her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge broadcast I was excited to say the least. Meghan’s hit song ‘All About That Bass’ is a song that I’ve heard so many times due to its popularity… #1 in 58 countries. During a rehearsal with Meghan and Jon Sosin (guitarist – USA), Meghan loved the vibe of the cajon and what I brought to her songs rhythmically that she personally asked me to join her on her remaining UK promo dates at Spotify and Radio 2.
Meghan was a pleasure to work with and so was Jon and the Spotify sessions being used as an exclusive Meghan Trainor acoustic EP available exclusively on Spotify.
On this occasion, working with Meghan only required me to use a Cajon along with additional percussion to help give bring out the rhythms in her songs as when she does acoustic performances, they’re done with just her playing the ukulele and a guitarist. Yes, that’s right. I am Megan Trainor’s first cajon player.
After building a relationship with Meghan’s team I was called on to put the band together former performance of “NO” on The Graham Norton Show (April 2016). I worked with Meghan’s Tour Manager and UK Production Manager to find the right musicians based on their requirements: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Trumpet and Trombone. View the performance HERE!!!
About Meghan Trainor:
Label: Epic Records
Genre: Pop / Hip Hop / Reggae / Soca / R&B
Meghan Trainor is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. She began singing at the age of 6 and songwriting at age 11. She later became a member of a band called Island Fusion and a Jazz band at High School. At the age of 15, Trainor produced and released a self-titled album. She then attended the Berklee College of Music and found success at a variety of songwriting contests across the United States. In 2011, she released two acoustic albums, ‘I’ll Sing With You’ and ‘Only 17’. The latter earned her a song publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, where she wrote for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter, among others.
In February 2014, Trainor was signed to Epic Records by L.A. Reid after performing her song ‘All About That Bass’ on the ukulele for him. The song was later championed by Reid as Trainor’s debut single and saw a release on 30th June 2014. ‘All About That Bass’ became a best-selling single. It was number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks. The single preceded Trainor’s debut EP ‘Title,’ which debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 in September 2014. Trainor’s second single, ‘Lips Are Movin,’ marked her second consecutive top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. Her debut album, ‘Title,’ was released on January 9, 2015.
Trainor’s music is predominantly Bubblegum Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Doo-Wop and Pop in sound. Her lyrics mainly deal with subjects of 21st-century womanhood and self-empowerment. Trainor’s work has been recognized with a variety of award nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘All About That Bass’ at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.