Bio

Drawing from a musical life of family singsongs and formal training in classical and jazz piano, Megan Jerome has created a soulful and eclectic approach to singing, playing piano, arranging and songwriting. Her songs have been described as bold, intimate, and full of light! Whether playing with a full band, a small ensemble or going solo, it is Megan’s singular artistic voice, imbued with sensitivity and beauty, that drives her work.

Her previous four self-produced albums have delighted critics and audiences alike, while topping CBC and community radio station charts across Canada and earning her a Galaxie Rising Star Award. For the fifth and newest album she has put together a brand-new band with new songs and a whole new feel.

This new band, the Together Ensemble, wraps her voice and 1962 Wurlitzer in a lush instrumentation of guitar (Fred Guignon), organ (Don Cummings) and drums (Mike Essoudry). Tempos are deep and hypnotic, the dynamic range is wide, and the band envelops each song like a glowing malleable cloud. The effect is tangible and spiritual—the songs are at once orchestral and minimal, invoking warm, abstract colours and drawing from traditional gospel, stoner jazz and meditative classical music.

A charming, entertaining and richly satisfying performer, Megan connects with artists and audiences in all kinds of spaces – from art galleries, clubs and taverns to some of Canada’s major jazz, blues and folk festivals, to New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall. In the words of one fan, “It is not just her incredible musical talent, but her laughter, her story telling, her light that is so memorable.”

Here is what others have said . . .

“Megan wears her heart on her sleeve when she sings but is not afraid to look you in the eyes as she does it. Her songs, her lyrics and her performance tell stories that draw you in. She has an ability to connect to the audience and make you a part of it.” Petr Cancura, Ottawa Jazz festival programming manager and acclaimed multi–instrumentalist

“Listening to Ottawa’s own Megan Jerome, it’s clear that this is an artist carving her own path, drawing from a broad palette of influences while bravely averting imitation. Her delivery is much like her lyrics, disarmingly honest and inevitably charming and her joy in performing is infectious. It’ll be a treat to hear Jerome’s songs in a new light with a band featuring some of the city’s best musicians” Chrissy Steinbock, Ottawa Blog Apt613

Poet David O’Meara describes her as “not only one of our most interesting artists, also one of our most interested artists” and Megan truly draws inspiration from diverse sources, everything from Marc Chagall paintings and time spent in Paris and New Orleans, to rip-roaring chick-lit, eclectic decorating books, field recordings, and the grooves and bass lines that make her move!

And she moves! After seeing renowned Canadian choreographer Tedd Robinson perform solo, Megan wrote to ask to learn from him. The happy result? Tedd created a full length contemporary dance theatre piece set to Megan’s songs. Megan performed the music with a trio in the piece, presented at La B.A.R.N. in Quebec.

Megan composes, performs, records and teaches in Ottawa, Canada. She is known for encouraging and nurturing the creativity and growth of her students and is ever seeking new sources of inspiration.

Megan gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.