The Walleye Magazine
This Was Then, This Is Now
Megan Nadin Paints Past Pictures to Inspire Confidence in Others on New EP
Megan Nadin is living a life she never quite expected. Born in Thunder Bay to a family enamoured with music, her journey has never been inspired by one singular purpose. Her prerogative has always been to help people. Nadin has worked as an early childhood educator, helped create a community foundation in Thunder Bay, and taught English as a volunteer in Cambodia, all while planting the seeds to help build her career as a recording artist. The singer-songwriter now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nadin never pictured herself recording music in one of the world’s most famous music cities, but encouragement from her family led to taking the necessary steps and making the necessary connections. With her debut EP, This Was Then, now officially released, Nadin’s goal remains the same. “What I’d love to do most is to create a platform for myself, and talk about how we can face our fears and how we can do whatever we want,” she says.
Released on September 17, the EP contains a series of songs written over two years ago, which she describes as “different chapters from the same book.” It wasn’t too long ago that Nadin was too insecure to sing in front of people. Now she’s pivoting those insecurities toward her creativity, and using personal reflection as a means to help those struggling with the very same fears. “I’m capturing things I’ve gone through personally… facing my fears, heartbreak, it’s just stories. Stories that I hope when people hear them, they can feel connected to them.”
She describes her record as popsoul with orchestral-style production, not necessarily drawing inspiration from any particular style and keeping things extremely personal at all times. “There’s a lot of body to the music,” she says. “There’s a lot of instruments helping to build [the song] and paint a picture around what’s happening.” Nadin says throughout the process of creating it, she drew inspiration from the self-titled Fleetwood Mac album, and how, despite the band’s turbulent relationship at the time, it became one of the most influential records of the past 50 years. “It’s crazy how some of the most beautiful things come together when everything is falling apart,” Nadin says.
This Was Then is available across streaming platforms. To keep up with Megan, follow her on Instagram at @ megannadin, or online at megannadin.com.