How Did Meghan Trainor Make It?

560x200-MT-coverLearning to play multiple instruments can inspire you to create original, interesting music -says Lisa Popeil

Pop singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor scored her first hit at the age of 20 with “All About That Bass”.

Born in Massachusetts in 1993, Trainor began making music when she was 7 and wrote her first song at 11.

Not only did she play trumpet in her high school jazz band, she also played guitar and keyboard and sang in a local band for four years.

Trainor attended a five-week Performance Program at Boston’s Berklee College with the goal of being a professional songwriter and by the age of 18 had released three albums of her own material leading to a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music.QUOTE-MT

The publishing deal led her to co-writing trips in LA, Nashville and New York City resulting in cuts by Rascal Flatts, Sabrina Carpenter and Macy Kate.

All About “All About That Bass”

One of her co-writer/producers, Kevin Kadish, came up with the title “All Bass, No Treble” but with no story attached.

Trainer responded with “What about booty”? Since she often said “I’m all about that”, the title was changed to “All About That Bass”.

They produced the demo and shopped it unsuccessfully to record labels and publishers for six months until L.A. Reid at Epic Records heard it, signed Trainor to an artist deal, and released the demo “as is” with a colorful music video on YouTube in June 2014.

The video went viral and achieved 1,600,000 views within one month. Her 4-song EP “Title” was then released in September 2014.

What this means to you:

1) Publishing deals can turn into artist deals.

2) Collaborating with a multitude of songwriters will help you develop your skills.

3) You don’t have to be skinny to have a hit, though it could help in having a long, multiple-income-source career (fashion, perfume, jewelry).

4) Demos can be of a high, releasable quality.

5) Learning to play multiple instruments can inspire you to create original, interesting music.

6) You never know what will happen as long as you stay in the game.

This is the fourth article in the series. Missed last week’s? Find out how Taylor Swift made it!

Next: How Did Bruno Mars Make It?


Lisa Popeil

Lisa Popeil is one of LA’s top voice coaches. She is the creator of the ‘Daily Vocal Workout for Pop Singers’ CD download (for Male and Female) as well as the Voiceworks® Method and the Total Singer DVD, conducts cutting-edge voice research, lectures internationally and is a vocal health consultant. Lisa is a voting member of NARAS, the Grammy® organization, ASCAP, AFTRA and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. www.popeil.com


  • Raymond Miller

    Lisa, good to see you’re hard at it!
    On a closely related singing subject, I like to alert singers to the importance of ‘phrasing’ – – – how spacing in singing, spacing of words as well as all the other stuff can make the song more meaningful, honest and believable.
    Thanks for listening.

  • Deborah

    Not only do you not have to be skinny to have a hit, you can also have a long, rewarding, and high calibre music career without being skinny. To those reading it is way more important to be healthy than to be skinny – so whatever size is healthy for you, stick with that.