What will you do with your one precious life?
Though her writing and music are universally accessible, there is nothing ordinary about Burtt’s history, process or vision. As Ansel Adams captured our physical landscape in photography, Megan has set out to capture our emotional experience in song.
Music has coursed through her veins since experimenting with melodies and rhythms on her grandmother’s piano at age 6. Her first compositions were gifts for family members — musical messages and observations infused with the innocent optimism of childhood. Over the next ten years, while her peers were making mix-tapes of grunge-rock songs, Megan was at the piano processing her experiences through song. At 15 she found her father’s old guitar in the attic and at 16 she won the Colorado Colgate Country Music Competition and realized that her life would always be in music.
Inspired by masters of the craft like Joni Mitchell (lyrics), Bonnie Raitt (guitar), Sarah McLachlan (voice) and Shawn Colvin (performance), Megan pursued perfection — listening and practicing with every available moment and attending Berklee College of Music in Boston to fully immerse herself in the techniques.
She graduated an accomplished guitarist and vocalist and took off in search of stories to tell. Megan explored South America, Africa and Asia soaking in the cultures and listening to the stories of people the world over. She wanted to learn the blues so she moved to Mississippi to let her soul experience its roots. She was chasing the dream, seeking inspiration and honing her craft.
Life, however, had its own plan for Megan. Her time in the South was derailed by life-threatening illness and her recovery inspired existential discovery and brought her home to Colorado. With a clean bill of health and an energizing gratitude for the journey, Megan Burtt put pen to paper for her debut record. Capturing over two decades of listening, learning, traveling and playing yielded an astonishing amount of songs — she had to choose how to make her first recorded impression. She partnered with Producer/Engineer Eddie Jackson (James Taylor, Vienna Teng, Guster) in a vintage studio in upstate New York with her band, The Cure For Love (Louis Cato, Adam Tressler, James Williams). The goal for the debut was to reach as many listeners as possible. They wanted to push the boundaries of Megan’s melodic musicianship and powerful vocals, so they focused the record around a topic that everyone can relate to: love (or the lack thereof). The result was 2010’s “It Ain’t Love” — and it accomplished the mission exactly: “This record is poppy enough to be easily accessible, yet contains some incredible originality.” (The Ruckus)
“If first impressions matter — and they do — Denver singer/songwriter Megan Burtt’s first full-length CD It Ain’t Love makes a good one.” -Examiner.com
“Burtt creates songs perfectly in line with what you’d expect to hear between Ingrid Michaelson and Norah Jones.” -Westword Magazine
In addition to widespread praise from the press, Burtt performed shows from coast to coast and showcased at special events like the CMJ Festival in New York, Underground Sound Concert Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Journey Of Hope Benefit Concert. 2010 was capped off by a selection as a “Top 100 Unsigned Bands” for Music Connection Magazine, and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival announcing Megan Burtt as their “Songwriter of the Year!”
“It Ain’t Love reaches a certain level of authenticity and skill level that forces you to appreciate her talent and makes you want to revisit this CD over and over again. If this ain’t love, I don’t know what is.” -SceneSavvant.com
With her debut on repeat on iPods everywhere, Megan is chasing her muse with reckless abandon. She has performed at the legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater, shared stages with Braddigan (of Dispatch), Brendan James and Toad the Wet Sprocket, toured listening rooms, clubs, living rooms, prisons and military barracks and is hard at work on two side projects (Travel By Skylark and The Dance Cards) as well as her sophomore recording with The Cure For Love.
“I want to be remembered as someone who never took a moment for granted,” tells Burtt, “as someone who pursued an understanding of human emotion — who felt it — and related it through song.” Megan relentlessly seeks the moments of grit and grace that make every day precious and in 2013 she will meet people of all walks of life from all corners of the globe and we, the audience, will be all the better for it. May we all be as inspired this year: “I love deep as I can can find / I dream big as I know how / I have lived to the edge / Chosen life over death / When I die it’s my time to leave” (from her forthcoming album).
WINNER Southwest Region 2011 Mountain NewSong Competition
WINNER 2011 Kerrville NewFolk Competition
WINNER May 2011 Ourstage.com Fan-Voted Best Female Singer/Songwriter
WINNER 2010 Rocky Mtn. Folk Festival
Finalist 2011 Great American Song Contest
Honorable Mention 2009 Rocky Mtn. Folk Festival
Finalist 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Troubador Competition
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Oh boy.. there are so many! Cello, Gretsch White Falcon, any bass a girl is playing.
3: What was the worst advice?
To never wear hats on stage :).
4: What was your first concert?
I can't disclose this infomation ;)
5: What/where is the best road food?
The food that's in my cooler - lots of healthy stuff!
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
A college teacher told me to never stop writing, no matter what happens, just keep writing.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
I usually cry every time I see anything at Red Rocks because I'm so inspired to play on that stage.