American singer-songwriter and television personality Meghan Elizabeth Trainor, known by her stage name as Meghan Trainor has released her new song “Don’t I Make It Look Easy.”
Meghan Trainor rose to prominence after signing with Epic Records in 2014 and releasing her debut single “All About That Bass”, which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold 11 million copies worldwide.
Meghan Trainor has released four studio albums with the label and has received various accolades, including the 2016 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Meghan Trainor became interested in music from a young age; she wrote, recorded, and produced three independently released acoustic albums, Meghan Trainor (2009), I’ll Sing with You, and Only 17 (2010).
Meghan Trainor began writing and producing songs for other artists in 2013. In 2015, Trainor released her pop and hip hop major-label debut studio album, Title, which included the top-10 singles “Lips Are Movin” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”; it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200.
The single “No” led her follow-up album, the R&B album Thank You (2016), both of which reached number three on the respective charts.
Meghan Trainor created her third album with Epic, the electronic dance music-influenced Treat Myself (2020), as an attempt to adapt to ongoing musical trends. She followed this with the holiday album A Very Trainor Christmas later that year.
Meghan Trainor’s lyrics frequently include themes of womanhood, body image, and personal empowerment, though they have at times been criticized as antifeminist or regressive. Her music is influenced by the popular music of the 1950s, and blends the genres pop, R&B, doo-wop and blue-eyed soul.
Outside of the music industry, Meghan Trainor has had voice roles in the animated films Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) and Playmobil: The Movie (2019). She served as a judge on the television talent shows The Four: Battle for Stardom (2018) and The Voice UK (2020). Trainor’s accolades include a Grammy Award, four ASCAP Pop Music Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards.
During her childhood, Meghan Trainor’s father introduced her to 1950s music, doo-wop, jazz, and the work of James Brown. She grew up listening to soca and Caribbean music, and credits 1950s music, soca, and the music of Frank Sinatra for influencing her blend of hip hop and pop music.
Meghan Trainor had been introduced to soca at the age of seven when her aunt married Trinidadian soca singer Burton Toney. As a songwriter, she has been influenced by Sinatra’s repertoire, saying, “No one writes like that anymore, because it’s hard”.
Meghan Trainor has described Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins as inspirations, and has cited Bruno Mars as one of her biggest influences. Trainor considers doo-wop the “catchiest stuff” and has stated that she wants to write a song in the vein of The Chordettes’ “Lollipop” (1958).
Meghan Trainor has credited Beyoncé as “the one performer [she] stud[ies] a lot”. Trainor has cited artists like Ariana Grande, Jason Mraz, and T-Pain as influences on the “upbeat and happy” nature of her music.
Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley influenced Thank You, whereas its lead single “No” draws inspiration from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, and NSYNC.
Meghan Trainor’s music has been described as pop, R&B, doo-wop, and blue-eyed soul. Her debut EP Title is composed of throwback-style sound and “1950s doo wop-inspired songs that straddle the line between modern R&B and melodic pop”.
Meghan Trainor’s hook-laden songwriting style has been likened to that of Brill Building composers such as Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry; while the sound of her debut EP has been compared to that of American indie pop singer-songwriters Jenny Lewis and Neko Case, and the “retro-girl-group” sound of her debut single to that of 1960s singers such as Betty Everett and Eydie Gormé.
The album Title is a fusion of girl group pop and old-school hip hop and Thank You is an R&B album with dance-pop elements, while Trainor incorporated electronic dance music influences and funk on Treat Myself.
Meghan Trainor plays a variety of instruments: bass, guitar, ukulele, keyboard, trumpet, percussion, and piano. According to Trainor, a song’s melody is more important than its lyrics. Other genres in which she composes include country, hip hop, reggae and soca, but she prefers doo-wop and reggae.