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“What distinguishes Megan Burtt as a folk/pop songstress,” says James Kenly of Horizons Management, “is her pursuit of honesty. Both in her performance and her writing, it is evident that she is digging well past the surface to understand the ebbs and flows of the most basic human emotions.”
Though her writing and music are universally accessible, there is nothing ordinary about Burtt’s history, process or vision. As Ansel Adams captured our physical landscape in photography, Megan has set out to capture our emotional experience in song.
Music has coursed through her veins since experimenting with melodies and rhythms on her grandmother’s piano at age 6. Her first compositions were gifts for family members—musical messages and observations infused with the innocent optimism of childhood. Over the next ten years, while her peers were making mix-tapes of grunge-rock songs, Megan was at the piano processing her experiences through song. At 15 she found her father’s old guitar in the attic and was immediately inspired to her life’s calling. She began writing songs and only a year later won the Colgate Colorado Songwriting Competition.
Inspired by masters of the craft like Joni Mitchell (lyrics), Bonnie Raitt (guitar), Sarah McLachlan (voice) and Shawn Colvin (performance), Megan pursued perfection—listening and practicing with every available moment and attending Berklee College of Music in Boston to fully immerse herself in the techniques.
She graduated an accomplished guitarist and vocalist and took off in search of stories to tell. Megan explored South America, Africa and Asia soaking in the cultures and listening to the stories of people the world over. She wanted to learn the blues so she moved to Mississippi to let her soul experience its roots. She was chasing the dream, seeking inspiration and honing her craft.
Life, however, had its own plan for Megan. Her time in the South was derailed by life-threatening illness and her recovery inspired existential discovery and brought her home to Colorado. With a clean bill of health and an energizing gratitude for the journey, Megan Burtt put pen to paper for her debut record. Capturing over two decades of listening, learning, traveling and playing yielded an astonishing amount of songs—she had to choose how to make her first recorded impression. She partnered with Producer/Engineer Eddie Jackson (James Taylor, Vienna Teng, Guster) in a vintage studio in upstate New York with her band, The Cure For Love which features Louis Cato, Adam Tressler, and James Williams (Louis Cato, Adam Tressler, James Williams). The goal for the debut was to reach as many listeners as possible. They wanted to push the boundaries of Megan’s melodic musicianship and powerful vocals, so they focused the record around a topic that everyone can relate to: love (or the lack thereof). The result was 2010’s “It Ain’t Love”—and it accomplished the mission exactly: “This record is poppy enough to be easily accessible, yet contains some incredible originality.” (The Ruckus)
“If first impressions matter—and they do—Denver singer/songwriter Megan Burtt’s first full-length CD It Ain’t Love makes a good one.” -Examiner.com
“Burtt creates songs perfectly in line with what you’d expect to hear between Ingrid Michaelson and Norah Jones.” -Westword Magazine
In addition to widespread praise from the press, Burtt performed shows from coast to coast and showcased at special events like the CMJ Festival in New York, Underground Sound Concert Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Journey Of Hope Benefit Concert. 2010 was capped off by a selection as a top 100 unsigned band for Music Connection Magazine and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival announcing Megan Burtt as their “Songwriter of the Year!”
“It Ain’t Love reaches a certain level of authenticity and skill level that forces you to appreciate her talent and makes you want to revisit this CD over and over again. If this ain’t love, I don’t know what is.” -SceneSavvant.com
With her debut on repeat on iPods everywhere, Megan is chasing her muse with reckless abandon. She has performed at the legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater, shared stages with Braddigan (of Dispatch), Brendan James and Toad the Wet Sprocket, toured listening rooms, clubs, living rooms, prisons and military barracks and is hard at work on two side projects (Travel By Skylark and The Dance Cards) as well as her sophomore recording with The Cure For Love (due early 2012).
“I want to be remembered as someone who never took a moment for granted,” tells Burtt, “as someone who pursued an understanding of human emotion—who felt it—and related it through song.” Megan relentlessly seeks the moments of grit and grace that make every day precious and in 2011 she will meet people of all walks of life from all corners of the globe and we, the audience, will be all the better for it. May we all be as inspired this year: “I love deep as I can find / I dream big as I know how / I have lived to the edge / Chosen life over death / When I die it’s my time to leave” (from her forthcoming album).