The country music singer is preparing for her biggest gig yet.
Once upon a time Brisbane singer/songwriter Megan Cooper dreamed of becoming a flamenco dancer.
The country music industry, however, is glad that she swung in the other direction. Cooper is quickly becoming recognized as a songwriter with a focus on telling stories through eclectic and crafty tunes, with a soft spot for lyrics that explore her travels and life adventures.
Cooper is a 2013 Queensland Music Award finalist and has been steadily establishing a presence for herself with her debut EP North, with singles Lonesome Town and She Travels North receiving airplay across the country. Her forthcoming studio album, Ghost Choirs and Kings, has seen Cooper once again collaborating with Michael Muchow from The Hillbilly Killers to produce a debut album she hopes will get people talking.
“I used to train to be a flamenco dancer until I injured my ankle,” she explains.”So I ended up doing plays and theater instead. During the rehearsals for a performance I met one of the cast members who was wearing a Dixie Chicks shirt. We ended up going to a country music festival and I was hooked.
“It’s been a lot of hard work to release the EP and working on the album but it’s all worth it in the end. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing and I’m lucky that I have a lot of family and friends around me that keep me focused and on track. Whenever I get down on myself, or feel like my music isn’t going anywhere, they remind me of everything I’ve done and put it all into perspective.”
Cooper is now signed up to belt out some tunes at the upcoming Gympie Music Muster, an event she’s clicking her heels in excitement about attending.
“It’s one of my favorite events and I can’t wait to perform there alongside so many musicians whose music I admire,” she says. “I just hope people come along and enjoy the show, it’s going to be a great time.”
The 2014 Gympie Music Muster will be held from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 August. For more info visit www.muster.com.au.