8x CMA Ontario and back-to-back CCMA Female Artist Of The Year award winner, Meghan Patrick recently shared her scalding new breakup song “Ours,” out now via Riser House Records. The song comes on the heels of the announcement that Patrick will make her Grand Ole Opry debut on Tues., Apr. 11.
“Ours” was written by Patrick alongside Joey Hyde (Jake Owen, The Band CAMINO), Matt McGinn (Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton) and Lydia Vaughn (Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean) and it laments the lingering memories of a love gone sour, watching a former lover with a new partner — and experiencing a difficult deja vu in the process.
The song follows her last release “She’s No Good For Me” (1.20 via Riser House Records) – a song that “finds the singer shedding her old rough-around-the-edges self and emerging as a stronger person” (E! News). It was praised by Billboard, American Songwriter and more.
Patrick just released a video for “Ours” on her YouTube channel, and the Canadian bombshell is set to release more music in the coming months. She will also play the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 and Country Cocktails Presents Luke Combs Bootleggers Tailgate Party Powered by Whiskey Jam on select dates of Luke Combs’ upcoming tour.
I had the opportunity to chat with Meghan about her new single, what she’s learned along the way, and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Ours”?
Meghan: This song was inspired by a situation where you go through a breakup and your ex basically hits “copy and paste” from your relationship to the next one. They bring them to the same places and the same bar that used to be your spot, and then even have the audacity to dance with them in front of you, to a song y’all used to call “Ours”.
Kat: What do you hope fans connect with from the song?
Meghan: Just like with any song I put out,I hope the fans connect with this song or it makes them feel seen or understood. Breakups are tough, they’re even worse when your ex seems determined to rub it in your face or continue to hurt you.
Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process?
Meghan: The most challenging part for me is the times when I have “writer’s block”. Sometimes I feel really stuck and kinda stale creatively and it can be really frustrating when something that usually comes naturally is suddenly eluding you. However, it always passes and I’ve started to find more ways (that are less self destructive haha) to find inspiration, and it usually starts with getting out of my comfort zone and letting someone else take the reins for a change.
Kat: What has been a career highlight for you so far?
Meghan: Honestly any time I get to play for a sold out crowd, it’s a career highlight. Of course awards and #1 songs are huge highlights as well, but I’ve really tried to be more intentional about celebrating the smaller victories, and finding value and silver linings in the grind to get those victories. I of course also need to mention the day I found out about my Opry debut… aside from the obvious honour of getting to play such a legendary stage, and dreaming about that moment, it was also the acknowledgment, the asking, for me. That recognition from The Opry, Nashville, my peers, truly brought me to tears because I’ve worked so long and hard to earn that. It has inspired me, and motivated me well beyond just being excited to play that stage. It was the nod I needed to boldly keep chasing my dreams and not let off the gas.
Kat: What have you learned along the way that you would like to share with other aspiring artists and creators?
Meghan: My manager Randi often references one of my favorite Dolly Parton quotes… “find out who you are, and do it on purpose”. I cannot stress this enough. You will inevitably find yourself comparing your career to others. The comparison game is a terrible game you will never win. Don’t worry about what other people are doing or how they’re doing it… they are not you. The absolute best chance you have of finding success, let alone longevity, is to constantly chase nothing but the best version of you.
Integrity. You will meet and see successful people who do not build a career with integrity. They may have short term success, but you will be more successful, and able to happily enjoy your success if you treat people well, and do things with authenticity and integrity. Not to mention, this can be a very difficult, lonely industry… you are going to want friends, real friends. When everyone else wants to kiss your a**, you need the people who truly care for you as a human, regardless of your success.
Kat: What are you currently working on now, and what can fans expect from you for the balance of 2023?
Meghan: My biggest priority right now is to keep pushing myself to write great songs… songs that dig deeper, songs that continue to evolve and level up creatively. Beyond that, I also want to get lots of new music out this year. I want country fans to get all the pieces of who I am, not just one or two songs, I want to become their favourite new artist, and see them at one of my shows. Connecting with fans is also a major priority, whether it’s through social media and streaming etc, or playing live shows. I personally love to meet my fans in person and play for them… I love sharing that experience with them, and seeing first hand how my music makes them feel, so more touring is definitely a huge priority right now.
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