Meg Braun is a singer/songwriter known for her fearless writing, dynamic vocal style and performances that have charmed audiences throughout her musical travels. Meeting at the musical crossroads of old time and folk, Meg’s newest release “Restless Moon” is a collection of song-stories about women molded by the choices they made or the choices that the world made for them. Meg released two other CDs of original songs, “Tomboy Princess” (2009) and “Broken Places” (2012). Meg sang “River” on “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration” released by the “Chicks with Dip”, a New York area women’s songwriting collective. In 2015, Meg was selected to perform in the prestigious Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and in 2016 she became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist!
Originally from Toledo, Ohio Meg came to New York to pursue a career in community organizing. Soon after her move, she was bitten by the songwriting bug, and granted admission into the city's vibrant creative class. While living in Manhattan’s East Village, Meg covered for a friend one Tuesday evening as host of the open mic at the legendary C-Note. Immediately, she knew she had found her place. When the position opened up shortly thereafter, Meg gladly took the helm and guided for years what became a weekly salon of sorts, welcoming a distinctive collection of songwriters. As host, Meg encouraged writers to share new songs each week, and gradually built a community that inspired its members toward sharper skills and wider success.
Meg released her first CD, “Tomboy Princess” in 2009, which featured a culmination of songs molded at the Manhattan Songwriters Circle and SummerSongs songwriting camps
. . That same year, she also helped to found the Christopher Street Coffeehouse, which continues today and features a monthly open mic and brings in touring artists from around the country,
In 2011, Meg released her second CD of original songs, “Broken Places.” Produced by Tom Prasada-Rao in his Richardson, Texas studio, these songs explore the facets of brokenness both in relationships and the world, and how surviving makes us each stronger.
As a long time member of the “Chicks with Dip” Meg had the honor of being part of the “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration”, which began in early 2012. The “Chicks” recorded their own version of “Blue”. On the recording, Meg sings “River,” Mitchell's wistful Christmas break-up song. The “Chicks” toured the Northeast and beyond with this recording.
Meg began working with acclaimed songwriter Diana Jones in 2013. They co-wrote the song “Drunkard’s Daughter” which is featured on Diana’s album, “The Museum of Appalachia Recordings” as well as Meg’s newest release “Restless Moon.”
Meeting at the musical crossroads of old-time and folk, “Restless Moon” is a collection of song-stories about women molded by the choices they made or the choices that the world made for them.
The album opens with “Gypsy Moon”, narrated by a dissatisfied lover who plots her way out of a dead-end relationship, and is followed by songs ranging from a country-waltz tale of adoption (“June 16th, 1935), an old-time murder revenge ballad (“Holland Town”), through to a final good-bye song sung to a lost child (“Sweet Dreams for You”).
The album also features a cover of the Carter Family song “The Storms are on the Ocean” as a duet with Pat Wictor, of Brother Sun.
“After my last album, “Broken Places”, I realized I wanted to tell the stories of seemingly ordinary women, who have had to make extraordinary choices in their lives,” Meg explains. “Choices that would have ripple effects over others.”
This new album also became the prelude to Meg’s recent decision to relocate from New York City to Nashville, TN. “After nearly two decades in New York,” Meg says, “I wanted to explore another part of country, and have the opportunity to work with different songwriters. I guess, even though New York offers so many opportunities, I was feeling restless myself!”
Meg has had the honor of opening for Slaid Cleaves, The Kennedys, Greg Greenway, Vance Gilbert, Catie Curtis and Severin Browne. Meg is a 2016 Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a 2015 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist.
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