For my whole life I’ve been asking myself one question:

Am I the only one?

Am I the only one feeling all of this? The only one so deeply in love with the world it breaks my heart, and so terrified of it at the same time? The only one trying to make sense of this universe? This day? This minute? The only one dreaming? The only one awake? Am I the only one wondering if I’m the only one?

I can’t tell you how much it means to me when I write my story into a song so deeply personal it hurts, to then hear that you can find yourself in my music… It means the world to me.

It means I’m not the only one.

And I got to thinking… Can I find myself in your story? Can I find myself in your song? Can I write your song and be in it too? I want to try. So I started this incredible musical journey and I’m calling it…

Our Song

I did all of this to find out. Am I the only one?

Or are you here too?

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About

About Our Song

I make music to connect. To connect with myself, and to connect with you.

Three years ago, just before I was set to release my album Have A Heart, I got really sick. I found out I was sick for a happy reason. I was going to become a mother. I was excited, but it became apparent very quickly that it wasn’t a normal pregnancy. For ten months I was in and out of hospitals. My hopes and dreams of releasing my follow up album were disappearing as my belly grew. Finally, after a really difficult and complicated delivery I had a beautiful healthy baby boy! I felt the atomic love bomb of motherhood and my joy was full. But I didn’t heal the way everyone said I would. I stayed broken. I couldn’t tour. Music left me. I didn’t want to write songs or sing anymore.

I felt like I was the only one.

My baby boy was the shining new centre of my universe and I loved him with everything in me. I was surrounded by amazing friends and family. My HusBand and I had never been closer. We decided to have another baby. With our two beautiful boys our family was complete. We were happy.

But… Something was missing. I still felt like I was the only one. And then I realized. I had disconnected from myself. I had disconnected from you. I had disconnected from music.  And I desperately needed those connections back. But how? How could I reconnect with you? How could I make the music I felt filling up my soul? How could I support my family and still be true to myself? And then it hit me.

My song because I write it.

Your song because it’s your story.

Our Song.

I’ve never heard of another artist like me offering this. But I want to write your song. I want to hear your story and find myself in it. I want to create something so beautiful for you, a personalized song you will treasure forever.

So… tell me your story. 

About Meaghan

Stuff you should know about me:

I am a singer and a songwriter. I have written lots of songs. (I have lost track…)  A few have made it onto my albums, The Cricket’s Orchestra (2009), It Snowed (2011) and Have A Heart (2014). In 2011 I won some awards (currently blushing while I talk about this) including a Juno for best new artist and some ECMAs for best Pop Recording. My album was nominated for the prestigious Polaris Prize. In 2015 I won an ECMA for best Video Of The Year for my song Have A Heart. Awards are cool… but they’re not why I make music.

I make music to connect. Music connects me to myself. It also connects me to you. I think it connects us all.

I have written so many songs for myself. I want to write your song now!

I have another website where you can check out all the other stuff I do… My previous musical releases, paintings, and writings.

Stuff you might want to know:

I am married to (and head over heels for) my producer and bandmate (he’s a wicked guitar/key player), Jason Mingo. I affectionately refer to him as my HusBand. 🙂 *ba-dum-tshh* We write, produce, and record songs in our home studio.

I write songs on my guitar and sometimes the ukulele and sometimes the piano.

I’ve had songs featured on major network TV shows like Gray’s Anatomy, Brothers And Sisters, One Tree Hill, The Astronaut Wives Club, and Working The Engels. My songs have also been featured in commercials for LCBO and Facebook.

My song Mirror was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition.

I’ve toured North America and parts of the UK and have shared the stage with legends such as Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Ron Sexmith.

I am not touring for the time being… Or maybe forever? Touring is really hard for me. I have two heart-stealing baby boys and I want them to have a beautiful life playing by the river, building forts in the forest, swimming in the ocean, and getting tucked into their own little cozy beds at night. Touring is awesome, but it’s airports and hotels and trains and vans and busses and while it’s incredible to go to new places and be on the road, it’s not for me and my family at this stage in our life.

Stuff you really don’t need to know. But anyway…:

I don’t read music. I feel it. I make it. I sing it. But I can’t read it. I have dyslexia that makes seeing tiny black notes on tiny black lines just look like little black bits of spaghetti and meatballs on paper.

One time I wrote a book about making my album, Have A Heart.

I do a lot of paintings.

I am inspired by inspiring things. Like emotions and relationships and people.

I feel the happiest when I’m with my family. I’m also the happiest when I’m singing a song that I know means something. Walking through the woods or finding seashell treasures by the ocean also makes me pretty happy. Doesn’t take much.

If I won the lottery and had like, fifty million dollars, I would still be doing what I’m doing. Making music and painting and loving my family and friends. Life is good.

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Songs

You have a song. And I want to sing it for you.

I want to help you celebrate the life of your precious new baby with a lovingly composed song just for him or her. I want you to dance to your very own personalized love song on your wedding day. I want you to give that someone you can’t imagine your life without a gift song they’ll never forget. I want to honour the years of love you have shared with your sweetheart with an anniversary song. I want to tell the story of that person who meant the world to you in a song that will never die.

So tell me… What’s your story?

New Our Songs will be released the first Friday of every month. You can find them here. Scroll down to see the latest Our Song releases.

Hello Beautiful World Lyric Video

Buy Hello Beautiful World

  

Deep Deep Down Lyric Video

Buy Deep Deep Down

  

In A Heartbeat Lyric Video

Buy In A Heartbeat

  

The One Lyric Video

Buy The One

  

Your Biggest Fan Lyric Video

Buy Your Biggest Fan

  

Can’t Imagine Lyric Video

Buy Can’t Imagine

  

 

This Is Love Lyric Video

Buy This Is Love

  

Good Good Heart Lyric Video

Buy Good Good Heart

  

 

Inside Our Song

Deep Deep Down – Everly’s Song

In A Heartbeat – Brittany Fletcher’s Story

The One – Shayna and Travis’ Story

Your Biggest Fan – Tony and Kim’s Story

Can’t Imagine – Sandra and Brian’s Story

This Is Love – Barb and Don’s Anniversary Story

Good Good Heart – Todd and Samantha’s Story

 

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does the Our Song process work?:

You message me about your story. If I think I can do your song justice I will write you back with a list of questions. And then magical things happen.

What does my Our Song package include?

~ A song written specifically for you.
~ Your song professionally recorded and produced acoustically in my home studio.
~Framable Lyric Artwork.
~A personalized letter from me detailing the inspiration behind your song.
~A professionally shot Lyric Video and an Inside The Song video.

How much does Our Song cost?

Because each Our Song is tailor made the sky isn’t even the limit for what we can dream up. Our Song could be recorded acoustically, just guitar and vocals.Or just piano and vocals. Or it could be fully produced with drums, guitars, bass, keys, strings, harps and background vocal, for example. Maybe you want a beautiful lyric video made to accompany your Our Song. Maybe you want sheet music so you can play your Our Song on guitar or piano. There are no rules, only dreams that we can make reality. Contact me with your ideas and we can go from there.

Is Our Song a co-write?

Each song is customized to your individual story and is written specifically for you. But it is not a co-write. The questions I ask you will pertain to your personal story and I will write the song for you. I retain all ownership of the song including but not limited to publishing, intellectual property, and master recording. Your song might even end up on my next album or your favourite TV show!

How long does the process take?

It usually takes me about two or three weeks to write, record, and have your song ready to send to you. I currently have a waiting list and am taking bookings about three months in advance. But let me know if you have an impending deadline and I’ll see what I can do.

Will you perform my Our Song at my wedding/party/event?

I would love to be a part of your event! It all depends on location and timing. But we can talk about it…

I would love to have my song written! Now what?

Head on over to my contact page and tell me your story!

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Buzz

Our Song is buzzing… Here’s what people are saying.

Press

The Coast – “Meaghan Smith wants to write your song”

https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/meaghan-smith-wants-to-write-your-song/Content?oid=11432124

Chronicle Herald – “Halifax Juno winner selling made-to-order songs”

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1518756-video-halifax-juno-winner-selling-made-to-order-songs

Global News Morning


http://globalnews.ca/video/3746365/meaghan-smith-our-song

CTV This Morning


http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1203046&binId=1.1145745&playlistPageNum=1

CTV News – Section 6


http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1143510

CBC Mainstreet – “NS singer-songwriter writes tunes for fans based on their lives”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/programs/mainstreetns/ns-singer-songwriter-writes-tunes-for-fans-based-on-their-lives-1.4222612

Our Song project inspires Meaghan Smith to custom-write personal songs for fans

https://www.localxpress.ca/local-arts-and-life/our-song-project-inspires-smith-to-custom-write-deeply-personal-songs-for-fans-671004

 

Testimonials

“An amazing artist in every sense of the word! I am humbled to have been part of this wonderful project. Meaghan Smith and Jason Mingo have a way of writing music for the soul. There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not blessed by the sweet words sung in “Good Good Heart.” This past weekend I was working in the Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit where people recover from open heart surgery. My personal brush with heart problems brought me to the brink of open heart surgery (thankfully did not have to undergo such a major operation), and I reflected on what these patients and their family members are going through.

I remembered that my Father was in the same situation as these patients, (25-ish years ago), and saw the concern and support my Mother showed for my Dad, my older brother and me. As I worked, I watched the tender moments these families shared together, I couldn’t help but hear the song of “Good Good Heart” play over and over in my mind and desperately wanting to share my sympathies to them through that perfect song. I couldn’t muster the courage to intrude on any of their time together, so I left the title of this song with one of the amazing nurses working there.

“Good Good Heart” was first a song to my daughter, but now it is so much more than that! I hope that it will bring families together in their time of crisis and bring emotional support and healing through its sublime lyrics and melody.”

~ Todd Smith in response to Good Good Heart

 

“Thank you so much for my parents’ song! They loved it (and I did too!) They were kind of speechless actually, and both cried. (I also might have cried a little…) I was blown away by the care you put into it, with the beautiful personal note, and lyrics on fancy paper. I knew that whatever you did would be amazing but you exceeded my expectations! Thanks so much again for such a beautiful gift! We are all blown away!”

~Andrea Jerrett in response to This Is Love

 

“ I struggled with what to write to you as praise… I’m guessing you are probably used to hearing compliments about your other ‘Our Song ‘ efforts. So along those lines… the production quality, your voice, the hook, the personalization, and the melody of the song were all incredible! The personalized letter and lyrics were awesome additional touches that really brought me closer to you as the songwriter and gave me an appreciation for the behind the scenes efforts you undertook. So Thank You! Really… I haven’t felt as heart-filled since I was a teenager…”

~Tony Landry (AKA Doc Landry) in response to Your Biggest Fan

 

 

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Contact

You have a song. And I want to sing it for you.

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