Since her successful stint as a finalist on The Voice, former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey has reinvented herself as a solo artist who is starting to make bigger waves with her recently released Believer EP.
Linsey possesses soulful and powerful vocals that are impossible to ignore, whether she’s singing country or modern pop/soul. That wonderful voice took center stage on October 27 at the Rams Head On Stage, as she played songs off Believer, as well as the songs she brought to life on The Voice.
Linsey opened the show with the bombastic “Counterfeit,” which thrilled the crowd with its foot-stomping chorus. From there she performed a new song, “Love Never Sleeps,” a sexy and smoldering good lovin’ song which segued into a fantastic cover of OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out,” the first song she sang live on The Voice.
One of the best songs on her new EP, “Believer,” enthralled the audience. Introducing “Girl Crush,” Linsey stated that the song was “probably the favorite thing I did on the show.” She admitted that her coach Blake Shelton wanted her to do “Midnight Train to Georgia” instead, but in the end she made the right choice. On this night, Linsey hit every emotional high of the chart-topping Little Big Town song.
Linsey then sang one of her few “happy songs,” “Sunshine in My Soul,” an infectious blues influenced pop song that easily gets stuck in one’s head. Next up was another crowd pleaser from her new EP “Everything is Happening.”
My favorite moment of the night was when she sang her “anti-bro country, female empowerment song” “Try Harder Than That,” which earned a tremendous response for the performance and the song’s sentiment. Linsey then brought out opening artist Paul Pfau to recreate their battle song “Don’t Let Me Down,” which was just as magical as it was on The Voice.
Another highlight was her out of this world version of One Republic’s “Counting Stars.” It was more toned down live than her recorded version (if you’ve never seen the stunning video she made for it, check it out), but it still outshined the original (and I like OneRepublic’s version). Coming back to her Voice stint, she sang her powerful version of “Natural Woman” and followed that up with a flawless cover of Lucinda Williams’ “Can’t Let Go,” a song that she was simply meant to sing. Linsey kept the country vibes alive with “Mess,” a song she said would be perfect for Miranda Lambert to cut (and I totally agree with her).
“Change My Mind” was a song she co-wrote and performed on The Voice Finale. It sounded sublime. It was gorgeous and you can tell she felt every note. She did another “happy song,” “This Side of Heaven,” which she co-wrote with her boyfriend/guitar player Tyler Cain. Closing out the set was a James Taylor cover, “Steamroller Blues,” which she also performed on The Voice.
Naturally, Linsey and her two-piece band returned to the stage for an encore to a rousing applause. Linsey said one of her biggest influences was Tanya Tucker so she wanted to end the night with one of her songs — a fantastic version of “Delta Dawn.”
Meghan Linsey has a pure and powerful voice that demands to be heard. She’s not chasing trends, and is instead charting her own course. She has a voice and charisma that should undeniably thrill music fans of any genre if given the chance.
Pick up Meghan Linsey’s Believer EP on iTunes.