So excited because Chasing the Sun officially made radio! Thank you to Denis Menard at CHUO-FM in Ottawa for spinning the song on his show Paroles & Musiques!
Meet Megan, she is originally from Southern California and has lived in Kelowna since 2015. Megan is a musician whose style is inspired by her parents’ love for Classic Rock. She also loves Pop, Punk, and Ska sounds of SoCal from the 90’s. You can find Megan’s unique SoCal style as she performs all over the Okanagan.
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My family and friends. Their support is what gives me the ability to create art.
What is your favourite local store in Kelowna and why?
Parlour Ice Cream. They use local ingredients, have you tried the Lavender?
Describe yourself in one word.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Peru to climb Macchu Picchu and hang with some llamas.
What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?
My daily hikes up Knox Mountain!
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
In a high school dance competition we were performing to the song Falling Slowly from Once, when I knocked over a giant tree we were using as a backdrop.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places and meet people from all over the world. My favourite place that I have to travelled is Israel. Unlike some of the other places I’ve travelled, I was able to spend time with the locals and experience everyday life. Going to the grocery store and hanging out in my cousin’s favourite bar was amazing. The best parts were the food, that I still dream about years later, and the music. Israeli music inspired me to stop dragging my feet to learn guitar and eventually I could perform an Israeli song!
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
Because I grew up in Southern California, my fondest childhood memories revolve around Disneyland… I will never forget the time my entire family was chosen to participate in a parade which required my mom, dad, brother, sister and I to wear tutus and dance around with the hippos from Fantasia. It is particularly memorable because after the parade my dad couldn’t get his giant blue tutu to untie and a cast member had to help him out.
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I love paying it forward in line at coffee shops. It is so nice to know that I might have brought a smile to a stranger’s face by saving them an extra $4 on their coffee.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
The fear of people who are different.
Where would you sneak away to in Kelowna to spend some time alone?
Where would you like to see positive change in Kelowna and why?
A larger mall in Kelowna. So many people travel to Vancouver to shop and it would benefit our community so much to make Kelowna a shopping destination.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
Warm summers and amazing ice cream.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
- I want to go on tour down the coast starting in Vancouver and ending in San Diego.
- I’d like to return to Israel and experience even more of the amazing country.
- It seems silly but I want to visit every Disney park in the world. I have two down and four to go.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
It is a dream of mine to play Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Megan Freedman Music
Why did you get into/start this business?
I love making music.
What is the goal of your business?
I want to be able to make a living creating music.
What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
Not comparing someone else’s outsides to my insides.
If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
I don’t know if things would be different but I would definitely see things from a different angle.
What do you always find yourself saying?
Don’t keep score.
Tell us your best piece of life advice.
Keep moving forward.
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Mel Brooks and Bruce Springsteen. They both tell stories in very different ways but their art is a major inspiration to me… Plus Mel would be a hoot to hang with.
Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
It is important to support small businesses.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Releasing my EP Wild and Free.
Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
My mom. Without her constant support, my record would not have been made.
Original Article on Kelowna Now
Left to right David Young (Engineer), Matt Lucich (Drums), Me, Dez Black (Producer), Rod Castro (Guitar), Skip Edwards (Keys), Alex Kyhn (Bass)
Wild and Free is an upbeat and youthful EP with a throwback sound that makes you feel like you’re cruising in your car on a warm summer night. Recorded at Skip Saylor Recording using a mixing board that has seen the likes of Tom Petty and Foo Fighters, Megan Freedman and her producer Dez Black created an EP that is reminiscent of 70’s and 80’s Americana Rock.
From left to right in the picture is David Young (engineer), Joao Sousa (Drummer), C-Money (keys), Dez (Producer), Me, Pedro Baez(Bass), and Rod Castro (Guitar).
Emerging sunlight peeks from behind the temporary clouds and retreating chill of a Southern California morning. A guitar strums thoughtfully in the background, swelling into focus as nondescript joggers hustle by the high school campus behind them. Color guard members pull on well-worn gloves and pick up freshly-taped equipment. They move gracefully over the grass in soft dresses and crisp dress shirts. As the music builds, the progression of preparation into practice feels familiar.
These are the opening shots of Megan Freedman’s new music video, “Lift You Up.” For anyone who has been involved in the color guard activity, the depiction of pulling on one’s gloves and taking the first tosses of the morning will feel comfortable and familiar; for the general audience, this will be a new viewing experience. This is what drew Megan Freedman, an alumna of Woodbridge High School’s Color Guard, to feature the current WHS Color Guard in her work.
Being in the studio is unlike anything else. It is stressful, crazy, and it can take a lot out of you but it is so rewarding.
When I went into the studio to record my new single Lift You Up we had nothing but an acoustic rhythm, a vocal demo, and a group of strangers that knew almost nothing about my song or me. We had only a few days to completely create a track from almost scratch that represented who I am as an artist. And we sure as hell pulled it off.
Because of my producer, engineer, and my AMAZING team of musicians we were able to bring to life exactly what I had imagined this song would be and that was even before it went down to my homeland of L.A. to be mixed and mastered by a couple of music’s greats.
This experience was incredible. Even though I was extremely stressed out like 89% of the time, I walked out of it completely happy with what we accomplished. I can’t wait to share Lift You Up with everyone!
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