Meghan Linsey: Country star, Beatles fan, and performer TOMORROW NIGHT at the Apollo NYC:Fab50 show!



     I have to admit that I’m unfamiliar with many of today’s country stars. When I heard that Meghan Linsey, formerly of duet Steel Magnolia and winner of CMT’s take-off of American Idol, Can You Duet?, I felt a bit in over my head. I listened to much of Steel Magnolia’s and Linsey’s work in the days leading up to the interview, and two things stood out to me: 1. This girl is an incredible songwriter; and 2. This girl can SING. What comes through when you talk to Linsey is that she is grounded, very pleasant, and is serious about her work. Linsey and I chatted for a half an hour about her rise to fame, her excitement over the show TOMORROW NIGHT at the Apollo, and her admiration of The Beatles.    

     The concert is also the NYC: Fab 50 kick-off event, the Twist & Shout Benefit Concert at the world famous Apollo Theater. This Thursday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m., stars ranging from Dionne Warwick to Mary Wilson will also grace the stage that has been home to some of the most iconic performers of the past 50 years. Now, for the first time ever, Linsey will perform on the stage of the Apollo, and will do so on a magical evening.  100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City.

(For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit:




Me: I wanted to talk about the event coming up, and you’re playing the Thursday show at The Apollo Theater in New York City. You’re playing, and I’m sure you already know this, with some real legends, some really amazing people on a really historic stage. How did you wind up getting involved in the event?


Linsey: I did another event. Dennis D’Amico, who’s part of this event, was part of another event I’d done in Nashville. It was a project called “Let Us In” and it was Paul McCartney songs in remembrance of Linda McCartney, and all the money was going to fund breast cancer research.


Me: I’m a big McCartney fan, so I did hear about that.


Linsey: Steel Magnolia was part of that, part of the compilation and part of the show at The Grand Ole Opry. When the NYC:Fab50 shows came around, Dennis called me really just a few weeks ago and said, “Hey, do you want to do this show?” and I’m like, “Are you kidding? Of course I want to do the show!” I’m a huge Beatles fan, obviously. I think any musician who’s not is probably not a real musician. It’s cool that he thought of me and called me to be a part of it.


Me: A couple of weeks ago I started listening to the musicians who are going to be at the Apollo show. I’ve never been to The Apollo and so I’m sitting here, just dying to go to this place, but your voice is such a powerful…it goes through you, you know?


Linsey: Thank you!


Me: It raises the hair on the back of my neck, but not in a bad way, mind you! It’s like what colors would sound like if they could sing.


Linsey: Thank you!  Wow, I might have to steal that quote from you!  “If colors could sing, they’d sound like Meghan Linsey!”  Don’t worry, I’ll quote you. (laughing)


Me: In terms of the “Let Us In” event or The Apollo event, what is it like to sing songs written by these four guys who really changed the face of music?


Linsey: Scary. (laughing)  I don’t want to mess it up!  No, you know, it’s interesting though because I’ve been rehearsing some of these songs because you think you know the songs just from listening to them. I’ve been listening to The Beatles my whole life, but you go to practice and actually sing them and you’re like, “I don’t know these songs at all.” The melodies are so unique. There’s all these progressions and changes and things that are just truly unique that you need to know. Even the enunciation and the phrasing is just a whole different thing. I’ve really tried to just listen to them, their versions, and obviously not try to copy them by any means because you’ll just set yourself up for failure. (laughing)  Just to at least learn it the way that they do it and then put my own twists on it. They’re just…nobody writes songs like that anymore.


Me: They’re deceptively simple, but when you really decipher them even a little bit…


Linsey: Yeah! You think they’re simple and you go to learn them and you’re like, “Oh my gosh, this isn’t simple at all!” I think that’s the beauty of it, though. It sounds so effortless but it’s really intricate.


Me: What are you most looking forward to at this event?


Linsey: I heard Dionne Warwick is playing. That’s probably the most exciting thing. I’m pretty excited about that. I’m planning on getting a picture with her. (laughing) I want to rub the log [for good luck, and Apollo tradition]. That’s a lifelong dream. When I was a kid I used to watch Showtime at the Apollo, the Amateur Night competition and I was in love with Steve Harvey. (laughing) That was really funny. I just think it’s going to be really cool to see it, and to perform on that stage is a huge honor. 


Me: I noticed on your website, and I was rather impressed that you chose to cover, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic. How did that come about? You wouldn’t expect someone who is more in the country field to start covering OneRepublic.


Linsey: That was another fluke. My whole life is a bunch of flukes. (laughing) You know what? I love the song, and I just wanted to do just a simple cover video to throw up onYoutube. I went into the studio. We were just going to cut a basic track and cut a simple video, that was the plan. Then I ended up in the studio adding things. Tyler Cain produced it. He’s just an incredible producer. The track just kept evolving, kept getting better, and it was like, “Man, this song is like a real track you would hear on the radio.”  We were going to shoot the video just Tyler and I, and he was just going to do it on his camera. Then my friend called who’s a videographer in town who is amazing, this guy named Josh Marks, and he was like, “I want to come over and drink a beer or two while you guys do that.” He, of course, came with all of this equipment and he’s like, “Let’s just shoot a video.”(laughing) Four hours later, we had this music video, and obviously it took editing afterwards, but it ended up turning into this thing. I was like, “Man, this should be on CMT!” So we sent it to Leslie Fram at CMT and she said, “I want to start airing this,” so she did. Then I went into Sirius, The Highway, and initially went in there to talk about a single for this year to put out, and he was like, “How about that ‘Counting Stars’ cover? Can I play that?”  It just kind of all happened that way.


Me: It’s a song that I like quite a bit. When I heard your cover of it, I thought, “Whoa, this is incredible.”


Linsey: Thank you!


Me: I’m not a covers person, by the way…


Linsey: I’m not either. (laughing) I’m really not. I’ll do one every now and then, just to do something to put online for fun. I don’t expect much from it, but this one turned out to be something bigger. 


Come see Meghan Linsey, and many other great and iconic musicians, at the “Twist and Shout: America Salutes The Beatles” concert TOMORROW, Thursday, February 6th! Also, be sure to read up on all FOUR of the NYC:Fab 50 events happening in NYC starting Thursday, February 6th, and ending Sunday, February 9th:


~ by Jennifer Dodge on February 6, 2014.

One Response to “Meghan Linsey: Country star, Beatles fan, and performer TOMORROW NIGHT at the Apollo NYC:Fab50 show!”

  1. Great article!! 🙂 We love Meghan Linsey so much & are so proud of her!! Anyone that goes to this show tonight is going to love her!! She is amazing!! 🙂 You can write to her on facebook: & tweet to her @meghanlinsey and check out her tour dates at 🙂

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