She's one of the world’s biggest current pop singing sensations. Meghan Trainor has only been around a few years but is already a Grammy-award winning performer known for her hits such as ‘Lips Are Moving’ and ‘All About That Bass’, and her revitalization of blue-eyed soul. She may only be in her twenties, but she sure has a lot more to give to the music industry.
Meghan Trainor hails from Nantucket, Massachussetts, the only daughter of Kelly Anne and Gary Trainor, both of whom are jewelers. Meghan is the middle child, with an older brother born in 1992, Ryan, and a younger brother, Justin. Meghan grew up with music surrounding her, with father Gary also working as a music teacher and musician, her great uncle, Bob LaPalm, playing with rock band NRBQ, and her aunt and uncle Lisa and Burton Toney working as performers and songwriters. At the age of 6, Meghan was already singing at her father’s church and by the time she was 11 she was writing and arranging her own songs, including re-imagining the classic ‘Heart and Soul’.
Encouraged by her family, Trainor began writing more songs and recording them on her computer. Her parents influenced her to explore several musical genres and by the age of 12, a young Meghan was performing with the band Island Fusion, singing covers, soca music, as well as some of Meghan’s compositions. The band was a family affair that also included her aunt, younger brother, and father. Trainor sang with the band for four years, playing the guitar, piano, and bongo drums. By the age of 12, she had written her first original song title, ‘Give Me a Chance’. The family left Nantucket when Meghan was in the eighth grade and relocated to Orleans, Massachusetts before finally settling in North Eastham, where she and her brothers attended Nauset Regional High School. While there, Meghan studied guitar, sang in the choir, and played trumpet in a jazz band for three years.
While still a teen, Trainor was encouraged by her parents to attend songwriting conventions where production companies searched for new artists and songwriters. At 15, she took guitar lessons from NRBQ band member Johnny Spampinato and began using Logic Studio to produce and record her own compositions. Later, she began working at the home studio her parents had built for her.
By the age of 17, Trainor had already released three indie albums of original material she had written, recorded, and performed herself. With the release of her album, Meghan Trainor, on December 25, 2009, she received airplay from WCIB, a local radio station. During the summer of 2009 and 2010, she enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in their Summer Performance Program where she reached the finals of their songwriting competition. In support of American troops station abroad, Trainor released the single, ‘Take Care of Our Soldiers’, on April 16, 2010, with all proceeds going to charity. The following year, she released two acoustic albums: I’ll Sing With You and Only 17. The buzz around her led to her receiving the Best Female Artist award at the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2009, the Grand Prize at the 2010 New Orleans Songwriter’s Festival, the John Lennon Love Song Songwriting Contest, and the 2011 Tennessee Concerts Song Contest.
With her star still on the rise, Meghan met NRBQ member Al Anderson, who introduced her to his publisher Carla Wallace from Big Yellow Dog Music. Anderson urged Wallace to sign Trainor and instead of attending the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, Trainor decided to concentrate her efforts on songwriting. At only the age of 17, Trainor was offered a publishing deal with Wallace with Big Yellow Dog Music and she began working as a songwriter-for-hire. She became known as a songwriter capable of writing for a number of genres as her singing career took a backseat. In mid-2012, Trainor graduated from Nauset Regional High School and her second single, ‘Who I Wanna Be’, debuted on April 24, 2012.
For most of 2013, Trainor traveled throughout the country writing and producing country and pop music, sometimes singing lead and backing vocals on demos for other artists, with her voice occasionally featured on the final version. Her first royalties as a songwriter came from producing artists in Denmark and Italy. In mid-2013, she was introduced to producer Kevin Kadish and the two began writing and recording retro music. Later that year, she relocated to Nashville and began working for several artists, including Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Sabrina Carpenter, and R5.
‘All About That Bass’ premiered in 2013, and Trainor performed at the Jingle Ball Tour in 2014 in Philadelphia in support of the song. After several record labels declined to pick up the song for the artists on their roster, Trainor recorded it herself, which eventually led to Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid signing her to a record deal in February 2014. Officially released on June 30, 2014, the song became an immediate hit, reaching #1 in 58 countries and becoming one of the biggest-selling singles of all time, moving 11 million units. The song was included on her debut EP, Title, which was released on September 9, 2014, and peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200. The album was composed by Trainor and Kadish and was considered a mainstream international success. The second single from the album, ‘Lips Are Movin’, debuted on October 21, 2014, with the video released in conjunction with a Hewlett-Packard ad campaign. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, which made her only the fifth female artists to follow up her debut hit with another top 5 single.
Trainor appeared as a guest mentor on the hit television show The Voice during the seventh season on November 2014. She ranked fourth that year on Google’s most ‘Trending Music Artist’, and Billboard ranked her #4 on their Top New Artist list, as well as placing her 12th on the ’21 Under 21’ 2014 list. Her album, Title, was released on January 9, 2015, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, making her the 13th female artist to have a debut #1 single and album. The third single from the album, ‘Dear Future Husband’, peaked within the Billboard Hot 100 top 20. The next single from her album featured John Legend and became her second #1 on the Australian Singles Chart. The song, ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’, became her third top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In support of the hit album, Trainor began her That Bass Tour, with the Australian band Sheppard playing the dates with her as her opening act. On August 11, 2015, Trainor announced that she would cancel the rest of the North American leg of her tour as a result of vocal cord hemorrhaging, which eventually required surgery to repair.
For The Peanuts Movie soundtrack, Trainor wrote the song ‘Better When I’m Dancing’, which was announced on July 28, 2015. She co-wrote the song ‘I Like the Sound of That’ with Rascal Flatts in August 2015, and on October 30, 2015, she appeared on the show Undateable in a cameo appearance as the musical guest star. All told, Title was the ninth biggest selling album of 2015, selling 1.8 million copies worldwide.
On January 7, 2016, Trainor announced to the media that her second studio album, Thank You, was near completion and was heavily influenced by artists like Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, and Elvis Presley. The first track from the album, ‘No’, was released on March 4, 2016, peaking at #3 on the American Billboard Hot 100. The song debuted shortly after she picked up the award for Best New Artist at the Grammys and in support of the album, she released four singles: ‘Watch Me Do’, ‘I Love Me’, ‘Better’, and the song ‘Mom’, which features her mother, Kelli Trainor. The album was released on May 6, 2016 via Apple Music and was available to the general public on May 13, 2016. Her tour in support of the album, The Untouchable Tour, began in July 2016 and featured singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings as her opening acts.
Considered one of the more outspoken pop singers of her generation, in 2014, Trainor was named the year’s Most Unlikely Pop Star. While providing promotional support, she was noted for being an inspiration to young people that suffer from issues with body image and bullying. She inadvertently became a spokesperson for larger women and provided inspiration for many females to embrace their curves. Self-described as a feminist, Trainor entered into a partnership with FullBeauty Brands to relaunch the site fullbeauty.com in a bid to create apparel for women with varying body types.
When the second single from her album was released on May 5, 2016, Trainor went directly to the media to complain about the digital manipulation of her body in the video. Subsequently, the video for ‘Me Too’ was pulled and an unedited version was released the following day per Trainor’s wishes.
Since bursting on to the scene, Meghan Trainor has been coy about her private life, yet she has made a few headlines regarding her dating life. At only 22 years old, she has stated before she doesn’t understand why the general public is interested in who she is seeing. In January 2015, Trainor was linked romantically by the media with the assistant of Nick Jonas, Cory Anderson. After it was first reported by the media, however, it was revealed that the two were just friends, even though they were seen kissing one another. Trainor said at the time: “He’s a good friend. He’s great, he’s cool. We’re not dating.”
Later that year, at the American Music Awards, Trainor was romantically linked with Charlie Puth after the two kissed after performing on stage. After their show, both artists denied a relationship, with Trainor going to her Instagram account and stating: “All about dat ass grab doe @charlieputh proud of you Charlie #imsingle”
In January 2016, rumors again circled Trainor when the press speculated that she was dating Los Angeles Clippers player DeAndre Jordan. In response to the rumors, she appeared on Entertainment Tonight and stated:
“DeAndre is a great friend of mine. He’s awesome.”
Currently, the pop singer claims she is single and enjoying life as a young single woman.
- Meghan Trainor: Unauthorized & Uncensored by R.B. Grimm