Meg Mac, as she is known on stage, grew up in Sydney and enjoyed a creative start in life, taking music and drama at Strathfield's McDonald College.
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Her sultry, soul-infused tones have conquered local radio and propelled the diminutive year-old into the US market at an early stage in her career. Just two years after her first track Known Better was picked up by Triple J, McInerney spent four months this year in the US, and has signed with independent American record label She also performed her own sellout show at the Mercury Lounge in New York.
Making it in the Land of the Free was once a lofty, perhaps starry-eyed prospect for Australian musos, but in the digital age it's a more attainable goal. McInerney has fielded international calls from the beginning.
Much of the record, especially Turning , comprises hooks and riffs she wrote as a teenager or while studying music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. Little melodic gems can sit anonymously on her phone for years, waiting to be dug up and morphed into a pop song. There's stuff on my EP that came from when I was The McInerney household was a musical one, though not in a professional sense. Her mother loved singing — in the car, kitchen, shower — while dad was a soul music devotee, raising his daughter on a steady diet of Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and lots of Ray Charles.
Listening to the latter proved to be something of a revelation for young Meg. Those early influences remain with McInerney as she develops her own sound, most easily compared with Adele or the Welsh soul singer Duffy.
Meg Mac - Roll Up Your Sleeves
But there's an edginess to her material; witness the stomp that underpins Roll up Your Sleeves and her latest single, Never Be. Following her SXSW set, The New York Times billed her as "someone who's fond of minor keys and brooding thoughts" — a description McInerney says might be accurate on some occasions, but one she is in no rush to embrace.
Never Be is also the title of her new national tour. McInerney will visit capital cities and play festivals in Caloundra and Toowoomba. In Australia, she is joined on stage by her three-piece band drums, bass and keys and her younger sister Hannah on backing vocals.