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Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer-songwriter. Interested in music from a young age, Trainor wrote, recorded, and produced three independently released albums between 2009 and 2011.
Meghan Elizabeth Trainor was born on December 22, 1993, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Kelli and Gary Trainor. Her parents were both jewelers. Trainor has an elder brother named Ryan, and a younger brother named Justin. She began singing at age six, initially at church with her father, a music teacher and organist.
Trainor became interested in music at an early age and was influenced by her family. At age 11, Trainor told her father that she wanted to become a recording artist and began writing songs, recording them using the digital audio workstation software GarageBand. She started with her own arrangement of the popular song "Heart and Soul". Her mother recalled that Trainor "did a lot by ear", and picked up music without formal training. Her father encouraged her to explore every musical genre. Aged 12, Trainor began performing as part of the cover band, Island Fusion, with her aunt, younger brother, and father, performing soca music alongside her own compositions. Trainor was in the group for four years, singing, playing piano, guitar and bongo drums. By age 13, Trainor had written her first original song, "Give Me a Chance".
While a teenager, Trainor's parents encouraged her to attend songwriting conventions, taking her to venues where production companies were searching for new artists and songwriters. Aged 15, she took guitar lessons from former NRBQ member Johnny Spampinato. During this time, Trainor used Logic Studio to record and produce her compositions, and later worked independently in a home studio built by her parents.
2009-2013: Career beginnings
Trainor singing "Take Care of Our Soldiers" at Nantucket United Methodist Church, July 2010
Between the ages of 15 and 17, Trainor independently released three albums of material she had written, recorded, and performed. Her eponymous debut album, Meghan Trainor, was released on December 25, 2009, receiving airplay from local Massachusetts radio station WCIB. Trainor enrolled in the Summer Performance Program at the Berklee College of Music during the summers of 2009 and 2010, reaching the finals of the program's songwriting competition. She released "Take Care of Our Soldiers" on April 16, 2010, a charity song in support of American troops abroad. The following year, Trainor released two acoustic albums, I'll Sing with You and Only 17.
At a music conference in Colorado, Trainor was introduced to former NRBQ member, Al Anderson. He was impressed by Trainor's songwriting and referred her to his publisher, Carla Wallace at Nashville-based Big Yellow Dog Music. Though Trainor had been offered a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, she decided to pursue her songwriting career and signed with Big Yellow Dog. She began her career as a songwriter-for-hire because of her ability to tackle a variety of genres. She began by publishing songs for others and was unsure about becoming a recording artist. Her father said, "She thought she was one of the chubby girls who would never be an artist". Trainor graduated from Nauset Regional High School in 2012. Her second promotional single, "Who I Wanna Be", was released on April 24, 2012.
Throughout 2013, Trainor traveled to Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles, where she wrote and helped produce country and pop music. She sang lead and background vocals on demos for other artists, with her vocals occasionally being used on the final recording. She earned her first songwriting royalties by writing for Italian artists. In June 2013, Trainor met producer Kevin Kadish in Nashville via Wallace and a mutual friend. Kadish and Trainor both liked retro style music and began recording together that month. Trainor later became frustrated with commuting from Nantucket to Los Angeles for songwriting sessions. Her parents did not want her to relocate as it would be expensive. In November, Trainor decided to relocate to Nashville instead. There, she wrote songs for a number of acts, including Hunter Hayes,Rascal Flatts,R5, and Sabrina Carpenter.
Trainor performing in Washington, D.C. during Capital Pride in June 2016
Trainor revealed to E! Online on January 7, 2016, that she was almost finished working on her second major-label studio album Thank You. She told MTV News that the album was influenced by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Bruno Mars, and features a collaboration between her and R. City. The album's first single, "No", was produced by Ricky Reed, and released on March 4, 2016. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified double platinum in the country. Shortly after, Trainor released four promotional singles, "Watch Me Do", "I Love Me", "Better" (featuring American rapper Yo Gotti), and "Mom" which features her mother. The second single from the album, "Me Too", was released on May 5. The accompanying video was released four days later but quickly removed because of unapproved digital manipulation of Trainor's body. It was corrected to the unedited version and re-released the next day. The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was eventually certified triple platinum in the US, indicating sales in excess of three million copies.
In December 2017, Trainor was announced as one of the judges on the Fox show The Four: Battle for Stardom, alongside Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Charlie Walk. It aired its first two seasons in 2018. She also competed against singer Shania Twain in an episode of TBS's Drop the Mic which aired in January 2018. The album, titled Treat Myself, was originally scheduled for release on August 31, 2018, but was delayed until January 2019. Its lead single, "No Excuses", was released in March, and peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. The respective second and third singles, "Let You Be Right" and "Can't Dance", followed two months later. The song "All the Ways" was released on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album, and Trianor released the title track to the album on July 20, 2018.
Treat Myself was initially delayed for a January 2019 release, but the preorder was removed from iTunes that month, Trainor's website currently gives the release date as TBD. "All the Ways" was serviced to hot adult contemporary radio as the fourth single from the album in February 2019. On February 8, 2019, Trainor released an EP, titled The Love Train, which was promoted through various music videos. Trainor will voice the character of a fairy god-mother in the upcoming film Playmobil: The Movie.
Trainor's vocals have been described as "soulful" and "highly resonant", and "a reedy cross" between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Chris DeVille of Stereogum opined that she is "a very capable singer", and added that Trainor "project[s] lots of character and emotion within a relatively limited range". The harmonies in Trainor's music have been compared to those of the 1960s girl groups. Writing for BuzzFeed, Naomi Zeichner noted that Trainor "pairs a throwback sound with lyrics that contemplate 21st-century womanhood". When asked about the "absurd standards of thinness" promoted by the music industry, Trainor has said that she aims to "break those chains".
A critic has stated that her music masks social issues such as sexism and body-shaming. "All About That Bass" has garnered criticism for having a sexist and faux-feminist message, and "Title" for portraying "retrograde beliefs about relationships". The music video for "Dear Future Husband" garnered controversy for its portrayal of Trainor as a "'50s housewife", being opposite to the song which was described as a "women empowerment anthem".
Image and personal life
In 2014, Rolling Stone deemed Trainor the year's "Most Unlikely Pop Star". While promoting her first album, she was noted for serving as an inspiration to youth who struggle with body image and bullying. Music writer Caroline Sullivan of British newspaper The Guardian referred to Trainor as "the poster girl for the larger woman" and "pop's emblem for self-acceptance". Some critics have described her as anti-feminist suggesting she seeks self-worth based on the opinions of men. Trainor stated that she did not consider herself a feminist in a 2014 interview with Billboard. However, in a 2016 interview, she referred to herself as a feminist, stating "I'd been told: 'Don't say you're something if you don't know what it is.' So I was like: 'Well, I'm not a feminist,' because I didn't really understand it and then I was like 'Oh, s**t! Obviously I am a feminist. My songs are women's anthems across the board.'"
In another 2014 interview, Trainor said "I wasn't strong enough to have an eating disorder...I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that's not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, 'Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately'", prompting criticism from American singer Demi Lovato. In March 2015, Trainor partnered with plus-size retailer FullBeauty Brands as a consultant for the creation of clothing for women with varying body types. In July 2016, she began dating actor Daryl Sabara, with the couple becoming engaged on December 22, 2017. The two married one year later, on December 22, 2018, which coincided with Trainor's 25th birthday.
Awards and nominations
During her career, Trainor has won four ASCAP Pop Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, a People's Choice Award, and received one Grammy Award. Trainor received the accolade for Best Female Artist at the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards, the Grand Prize at the 2010 New Orleans Songwriter's Festival, the 2011 Tennessee Concerts Song Contest, and the John Lennon Love Song Songwriting Contest. She was named the "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" by the Music Business Association in 2014. Among her achievements, Trainor became the 21st woman to land her debut single at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and the fifth female artist to follow up her chart-topping debut single with another top 5 release. On the Billboard Year-End charts for 2015, Trainor was listed seventh on Top Artists and second on Top Female Artists.
^ abcCollar, Matt (September 9, 2014). "Title [EP] - Meghan Trainor". AllMusic. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. Retrieved 2016. A graduate of Berklee School of Music, Trainor has a bent toward catchy, '50s doo wop-inspired songs that straddle the line between modern R&B and melodic pop