Armed with an enchanting voice, steadfast ambition and movie-star good looks, singer-songwriter Meg Lieder has released three singles and is steadily embarking on a promising musical career.
“I feel like every kid wanted to sing,” Lieder said. “I heard my older sister singing and I wanted to sing, too.”
The rising star, slated to release an EP (extended play) record this summer, is a Groves High School graduate. She took advantage of the ample opportunities to hone her talent in a community that embraces the arts.
"I performed at the Birmingham Community House and in high school musicals," she said. "I played piano growing up. I played the oboe. In the past few years, I started playing guitar. I also performed at local venues like The Crofoot and Andiamo’s."
Lieder was influenced and encouraged by her uncle, Rick Lieder, of the Detroit-based Rick Lieder Band. “The Rick Lieder Band was voted number one band in The Metropolitan (a Detroit-based magazine).”
Lieder auditioned for the popular TV singing competitions “X Factor” and “The Voice.” She made it to the third round of “The Voice,” and although getting cut was a disappointment, Lieder maintains a positive attitude toward the experience.
“To be honest, I feel like being told ‘no’ makes me want to make it to the top. Instead of bumming about it, I wanted to improve.”
Although her music career was beginning to take off and she was earning money for her performances, Lieder felt compelled to seek a higher education in music.
"I auditioned to Berklee (College of Music) and got a scholarship," she said. "There’s no way I would've been able to (attend Berklee) without the scholarship. That was a cool surprise. A lot of people (from Berklee) are really successful. I think it was a really good choice.”
Lieder filmed her first music video in Beverly Hills, California in 2016. “I was definitely really overwhelmed,” she said. “I’ve been in front of a camera and an audience, but I had this whole pamper crew. It was really hard for me to do it. I was supposed to be sassy and I’m more silly.”
Concurrent with a full class schedule at Berklee, Lieder continues to develop her music career and performs at various local venues in Boston.
“I write songs. I do covers. I’m featured in other musicians (songs),” she said. “I also have a summer job performing at Mastro’s Steakhouse (in Boston).”
Lieder’s upcoming EP, slated for release in summer 2017, will be available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify, Google Play and SoundCloud.
Her singles “Hit Me Up,” “Don’t Look Back” and “Think Twice,” are available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and YouTube. Since the release of her first single “Think Twice” she has grown and changed as an artist, she said.
“I’ve found out more about my artistry,” she said. “I want to get my sound out. It is my dream to have my songs being sung by other people and my lyrics relating to their life.”