Home for Christmas: Nashville Musical Sensation Meghan Shanley Returns Home to Coastal Virginia for Holiday Performances
With the season well underway, preparations to be home for the holidays are taking place in households across the country. For up-and-coming Nashville jazz and blues sensation Meghan Shanley, that means coming home to Coastal Virginia.
Shanley, whose debut album Ready for Love was released this year, grew up in a Virginia Beach Navy family and is a Princess Anne High School graduate. She first discovered her love for singing when she was a 17-year-old pageant contestant in need of a talent to perform. That talent proved to be well-chosen, as Shanley became a successful contestant who went on to be crowned Miss Virginia in 2001.
Shortly thereafter, Shanley made the bold decision to move to Nashville to focus on her music.
“It was one of those things… once I figured out that I could sing, it was a passion that I couldn’t deny,” Shanley says. “There was nothing else I did that made me as happy or complete. Fortunately I was young enough to not be that scared. I had to give it a go.”
For the past 12 years, Shanley has been fulfilling her dream in Music City. She has worked with myriad talented artists, gaining invaluable insight along the way to finally discovering her unique musical niche, which she is excited to share with the world.
“When I first came to Nashville I was doing country music. It’s taken a lot of years of kind of fumbling around to hone in on what I do best and also what I’m passionate about,” she says. “Over the past 12 years, it’s been lots of performing live, working with different musicians. It’s only been in the last four years that I’ve nailed it as far as what I feel in my soul.”
And what she feels is truly explosive. Ready for Love features a musical style that is difficult to compare to modern-day artists. It’s a soulful, cabaret-style jazz sound that is reminiscent of Shanley’s classic influences—including Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin—but also so very new, with a flavor all its own.
As Shanley comes home this Christmas season, she is delighted at the chance to share her music with the people of her hometown.
There will be four opportunities to see her perform live in the area. On Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13, Shanley will join other musicians including local favorite Guava Jam for the Home for Christmas music extravaganza at the Military Aviation Museum. On Sunday, Dec. 14, Shanley joins The Academy of Dance for their two performances of The Christmas Extravaganza, a holiday musical benefiting Operation Smile, at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. Shanley’s last performance will be Monday, Dec. 15, at the Tidewater Winds concert Celebrate the Season… and all that Jazz! at the Sandler Center.
Find out more about Meghan Shanley at her website.