Artist of the Month: Meghan Trainor

Anne Lima

Meghan Trainor was ranked “Most Unlikely Pop Star” by Rolling Stone. Photo from facebook.com/meghantrainorsongs
Meghan Trainor was ranked “Most Unlikely Pop Star” by Rolling Stone. Photo from facebook.com/meghantrainorsongs

Meghan Trainor’s recent number one single “All About that Bass” contains controversial lyrics on themes regarding women’s body image. The response is more than what was expected for a party song.

Trainor’s hit single has launched her to the limelight.

“I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I’m down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful,” Trainor told Billboard. “If you asked me, ‘What do you want to say?’ it would be, ‘Love yourself more.’”

The 22-year-old’s debut single, which was released during the summer, was co-written with Grammy nominated producer Kevin Kadish. She was signed by L.A. Reid to Epic Records upon hearing the demo of her now hit song.

Before her rise to fame, Trainor decided not to attend college. Instead at the age of 19, move to Nashville, Tennessee to write songs for artists such as Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter.

“All About That Bass” has won many fans by telling women “not to worry about [their] size.” However she also sings “skinny [email protected]*+es” and “[men] like a little more booty to hold at night” which is the source that has raised criticism on body shaming thin women.

Trainor is aware about the “skinny [email protected]*+es” criticisms, but insisted in an interview with Billboard that she’s “not bashing skinny girls.”

For Trainor, these criticisms “make no sense.” “I would never shame a skinny person! I don’t know who would want to,” she told Popjustice.

On the upside, the Massachusetts native has been gaining widespread fame on shows such as “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Live with Kelly & Michael” and “Ellen.”

Trainor has noted singers like Frank Sinatra and Christina Aguilera as musical influences on her musical style.

With concerts scheduled in November and December, Trainor has stayed true to her musical themes which proves to show her career is here to stay.