As a young woman, Meghan Patrick was a competitive snowboarder.
Then, a few years later, she up and left home to pursue a career in country music. Clearly, she has always had a wild streak in her.
Patrick, 32, was born in Bowmanville and grew up listening to Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Aretha Franklin. This alchemy must have worked some magic because, a few years after leaving home for Nashville, she’s a two-time CCMA Award winning Female Artist of the Year and is poised to become an international star on the country music scene.
Country music fans in Markham get a chance to see her perform at The Flato Markham Theatre on February 5.
In addition to her two-year reign as Female Artist of the Year, Meghan has been nominated for eight CCMA awards including Album of the Year nominations for both of her studio albums. She also recently received Juno Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist.
Her debut album, Grace and Grit generated four Top 20 singles and her sophomore album, Country Music Made Me Do It, garnered her two Top 10 hits. Now, with her EP release, Wild As Me, and a growing reputation as one of country music’s finest songwriters, Patrick is poised for even more.
Even so, there are some who say that women have a tough road in country music. In recent years, sales and radio play have leaned toward male singers.
“There comes a time when you have to stop talking about the male/female imbalance in country music, and just put your head down, work harder and be the change,” Patrick says. “I want to lead by example in terms of making these changes instead of just talking about it. That’s how I was raised.”
With a work ethic like this, it’s no wonder that her performances have shared the stage, and stood toe-to-toe with greats acts like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride. When it comes to music, Patrick is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Photo: Meghan Patrick plays the Flato Markham Theatre on February 5 at 8 p.m.