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Singer / songwriter Megan Nash will be in Swift Current July 24

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Moose Jaw singer / songwriter Megan Nash is stopping in Swift Current with Regina folk artist Tyler Gilbert for a show at Louie D's on July 24, and is excited to share some of her original music with some new faces.



“Originally, I got into playing music primarily just to write songs,” admitted Nash, who has been performing for about five years now. “Eventually, I found my voice and learned some chords, and I've branched off into numerous musical projects, including performing solo.”


The songwriting process is an important one for Nash, who sees it as an opportunity for self-reflection and healing. She added that she would encourage anyone to write for themselves – even poetry, for those who aren't as musical.


“I find that if you take that time to self-reflect, you can get a way better idea of who you are, and sharing that music is such a great way to bond with other people and share that human experience,” she said. “Right now, a lot of my songs are relationship based – about a romantic partner, losing a loved one, even friendships I've had. I am starting to branch out a bit, though.”


Nash is exploring other themes with her music, including gender roles, and even the loss of some of the older venues in Moose Jaw. Growing up on a farm near the city, Nash's influences stem mainly from country music, as well as pop from the 1980s.


“CKRM 620 was the only radio station we go, so I think there is something very country to what I do, but I think it's more alt-country-pop music,” she explained. “I like singing something that the audience can join in, so it's not just me up on a stage – everyone can be a part of the music. I love how that feels, so I try to find choruses and hooks and themes that can be repeated so that people can sing along.”


Her music is not only catch and fun to sing along with, but also very emotional. Following a performance on a cross-Canada train, Nash watched a woman in the audience burst into tears.


“She said it really hit home, and I couldn't believe anyone would have that strong of a reaction to one of my songs,” Nash admitted. “I don't take it for granted – as a songwriter, that's the best compliment you could get. If my music can help other people heal, that's phenomenal.”


Nash's last album was released in 2011, and following the accompanying tour, she took a bit of a break to work on writing some new music and finding inspiration. Lately, she has been using American singer / songwriter Neko Case as somewhat of a muse, and plans to release an album in the spring.

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