Megan Wilde is an American bluesy soul-pop musician. After releasing her debut single “Trouble” last month – she garnered 30,000 plays on Spotify, a placement in T.N.T. Drama series ‘Claws’, and ‘Trouble’ has started gaining traction on international radio stations.
- How would you describe your sound?
Answer: Soulful gritty dance pop with a few big sweeping ballads.
- Did you work with anyone notable on your album?
Answer: I feel very lucky to have gotten tremendous support within the music community, especially as an indie artist. I worked out at Electric Lady Studios with 7 time Grammy winner Michael Brauer, 2 time Grammy winning mastering engineer Joe LaPorta, Arthur Pingrey who’s produced the music to 8 Oscar winning or nominated films, and Brent Kolatalo who’s worked on 19 #1 albums or singles (and produced some of my favorites – Kendrick Lamar and Ariana Grande). They’re all based in New York – New York spoils me 🙂
- What’s your favorite color?
- Favorite sport?
Answer: I like fighters – Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and Rocky Balboa (if he were a real person).
- How would you describe your personal fashion style?
Answer: Fashion is really just a creative expression of where I am in my life. When I was doing lots of live shows – I wanted to find unique one of a kind pieces that no one else could buy. This lead to me hunting at vintage thrift stores – I found treasures like silver patented silk chiffon lame day dresses, fushia hand-beaded silk dresses crafted in India in the 60’s, and fire red jumpers from the 70’s complete with balloon pants and ankle stirrups. In that case – I went to a fabulous seamstress who designed ice skating leotards for competitions in Russia (for realzies), and we redesigned and updated my costumes to make them modern. This lead to me working with my sister, who is a visual artist, to design pieces for the stage. It’s all for fun 🙂
- What fashion designer do you love working with?
Answer: I sang for internationally awarded Anjana Misra for her runway show for the LOLC Fashion show in Chicago – she’s amazing. I recently worked with fashion photographer Benjamin Huynh and loved his work.
- Who has been the greatest influence on your life?
Answer: My grandma. She is a classically trained concert pianist and endless chocolate giver. She taught me that in music soul trumps technique – but it’s best to use both. My Nana also used her life to serve the public around the Chicago area – among her many political accolades and duties, she was a campaign manager for 35 years. Her work included running campaigns for the Honorable U.S. Congressman Phillip Crane. The wall of her home is lined with plaques and awards (some given to her by Governors!), but I’ve always just seen her as my fiesty and sweet Nana.
- Does anyone else in your family enagage in public service?
Answer: My auntie works for Oliver North’s Charity – Freedom Alliance. I feel very proud of the women in my family who are fierce but also sweethearts. The past few years I’ve had a relentless urge to advocate for women and children who are being trafficked – perhaps it’s in the blood. If you mixed it with rebellious rock anthems for a very good measure 😉
- Where has your advocacy work lead you?
Answer: I wrote a song to use my voice to empower women and children who are enslaved in sex trafficking. There are more slaves worldwide then there has ever been in the history of human kind, and 75% of them are women and girls. Trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the world – and the fastest growing. I’m honored that my work with Unicef lead me to meet with Congress in Washington D.C. and enact change through legislation.
At the end of June our team went to Senator Bob Corker’s office – who is the Chairman of the Senates Committee on Foreign Relations – to discuss the ‘Protect Girls Access to Education in Vulnerable Setting’s Act‘. As a teacher and owner of my own academy, I have first hand experience seeing the opportunities an education can provide. Education is also an excellent way to reduce the risk of being trafficked, as traffickers routinely prey on women and children who are vulnerable and without options. According to British based charity Save The Children, 4 out of 5 schoolgirls in Liberia have had their bodies sold for sex – often with the intent to pay for an education. These are little girls who just want to learn! Not only does having an education empower women and children – women’s contributions to the workforce lift up and economically advance impoverished communities.
Where can we follow you? Anything @meganwildemusic
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Text: Saif Rahman Sozib