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This exotic Afghan-Irish singer/songwriter, at the young age of 20 years old, is well on her way to becoming the next successful artist on the scene. She tastefully infuses her rich Middle Eastern background in her music and has been described as No Doubt meets The Killers.
'My musical taste is so eclectic'¦I like it all'¦good music is good music, and I feel that all has been an influence in the blending of my sound. I grew up listening to whatever my parents listened to, which was very broad'¦I mean, my dad would have on Ravi Shankar and my mom would be playing music like Celine Dion and The Judds. You can't get any broader than that. It's cool because some of my dad's Middle Eastern music has made it into the way I phrase words and even hinted at in my melodic structures, so I'm proud to have some of my heritage in the music too.'
Meghan often found herself drawn to the arts. From a young age she began taking dance lessons, anything from Hip-Hop to Ballet, and continued to hone the art for many years. 'I always found interesting, the rhythmic patterns of a melody and how it would fall over a particular beat in the music, combined with the movement of dance. It intrigues me!'
Along with dance lessons, she took voice lessons as well as many other musical activities. 'It's weird'¦from an early age I always knew what I wanted to do. When people asked what I wanted to be, I'd immediately say, a singer of course! It's in my blood. I can feel it. I can't imagine a world without music and know it's what I'll always be doing.'
She quickly caught the attention of Grammy-winning songwriter/producer, Dennis Matkosky (Diana Ross, LeAnn Rimes) known for many hits including Michael Sembello's, 'Maniac.' In Meghan's traditional style, she graduated no less than an entire year early with top marks. She entered into a production deal with Keith FollesÃ© (Faith Hill, Martina McBride) and Nick Trevisick (The Kinks, Natalie Imbruglia), both highly accomplished in the industry. Upon graduating, she began learning the ins and outs of Music Row firsthand. 'Nashville is an amazing place to be. There is so much talent, all across the board, and I love being part of such a creative town. There's a sense of community between us all, which makes it even more the better.' Among other producers Meghan has cut songs with are Darrell Brown (Bon Jovi, Rascal Flatts) and Butch Baker (Michael McDonald, Lee Greenwood).
Little did Meghan know, her future producer, Kyle Cook (of Matchbox Twenty), would be filling in for a session for a song written to be pitched for 'The Kite Runner' written by Khaled Hosseini, a book about her father's war torn homeland, Afghanistan.
Meghan and Kyle quickly developed a musical chemistry. Meghan completed her first EP at the well known, Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. As they laid down the tracks, a tasteful fusion of Kyle's musical skills and experience and Meghan's unique sound began to emerge.
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Franklin High School `05
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Meghan Shahnaz Kabir
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