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THE UNMISTAKABLE VOICE OF MEGHAN LINSEY


by Adam Wolnski | Photography Anthony Scarlati
You might know Meghan Linsey as the runner-up in the popular TV singing competition
The Voice, as the winner of another singing competition Can You Duet?, from the group
Steel Magnolia, or maybe this is your first time hearing about her. Regardless of your
previous knowledge of Linsey, when you hear her powerful voice dripping with soul, you
may cry, you may wreck your car or drop your dinner, but you wont forget her name.
Ron Browning, Linseys vocal coach since she started on The Voice, didnt soon forget
her. I really feel that she could very easily be the next big and important singer to come
along, Browning said. I mean, seriously, this little gal is made of the same legendary
fabric that singers like Aretha, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Bonnie Raittall those
gals are made of.
Browning works with names like Alison Krauss, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Patti
LaBelle, Allen Stone, RaeLynn, Lennon and Maisy, and more that he couldnt mention
because of confidentiality agreements. So when he says that she is a master of style
that makes you stop and listen, it packs a punch.
He changed my life, Linsey said of Browning. I learned so much. He really taught me
to protect my voice, my instrument, cause thats so important . . . I was hitting notes I
didnt know I could hit; he really made a dierence in the way I sing.
Linsey isnt new to the spotlight, but she knows from experience that the fame and
stardom can slip away just as quickly as it comes. Its more about just living in the
present, Linsey said. Obviously you have to plan for the future, but I try to live in the
moment and enjoy each moment, and really be present. I learned a lot watching Pharrell
on [The Voice], actually, because you can tell thats just how he lives his whole life.
The present for Linsey is currently moving toward soul . . . rather, back to soul. The New
Orleans native grew up in a legendary city for soul music, but felt a strong draw toward
country when she moved to Nashville. But after the breakup of Steel Magnolia, Linsey
felt like she was fighting her natural style to continue in the very established countrymusic mold.

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For me I just wanted to make the kind of record that I wanted to make, Linsey said. It
was easier to go back to my roots and do something more soulful, and I think in pop
music its almost encouraged to push the envelope, whereas if you wanna get played on
country radio its almost like you have to fit within these confines, you know? The Voice
was a great platform for Linsey to make the transition for her existing fans and to make
plenty of new ones.
Tune in to PBS on July 4 to watch Meghan Linsey perform with the National
Symphony in Washington, DC, for the 4th of July show, A Capitol Fourth. For more
information visit www.meghanlinsey.com.

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