The Walleye Magazine

This Was Then, This Is Now

Me­gan Nadin Paints Past Pic­tures to In­spire Con­fi­dence in Oth­ers on New EP

- By Michael Charlebois

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.

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