Christina Meyer is a Milwaukee-based songwriter who has gained consecutive Finest Track awards from the Songwriters of Wisconsin and has had sync placements on TV’s The Younger and The Stressed. Her track “Each Lady You Know” is perspective-changing for male listeners and a affirmation of what feminine listeners already perceive: girls strolling alone at any hour could be in actual hazard.
The track relies on the demise of Sarah Everard, a British lady who adopted all of the “guidelines” but was discovered murdered after taking a brief stroll that almost all males would merely take without any consideration.
Meyer reveals nice stylistic vary in her writing. Her track “It Solely Takes One” has an infectious, ’80s Whitney Houston vibe. She’s the one songwriter I’ve encountered who lists musical influences as far-ranging as New Children On The Block and steel greats Metallica and Anthrax.
Virtually all of in the present day’s pop stars – from Beyonce to Justin Bieber – have bodyguards. Sadly, most ladies can’t afford to pay somebody to safeguard their well being in parking heaps and on brief walks from a restaurant to the automobile. That’s why I’m hoping that an artist like Adele or Taylor Swift will cowl “Each Lady You Know” – and begin a contemporary dialogue on this drawback that’s so pervasive.
Your track “Each Lady You Know” is SO highly effective. What’s the backstory on how that track took form?
Thanks! This track actually means so much to me and I’m glad that it’s having an impression on those that hear it. The concept began with an Instagram submit that I noticed and reposted that talked about “Each Lady You Know” and included a listing of unlucky issues that each lady is aware of. A songwriter buddy of mine, Jody Peterson, noticed my submit and emailed me. He despatched me the unique tweet from Harriet Johnson and requested if I might be interested by writing a track collectively on it. I used to be already interested by writing a track about it, so I enthusiastically mentioned sure. Harriet Johnson’s tweet was in response to an article in regards to the tragic demise of Sarah Everard in England. Sarah was strolling house from a buddy’s home when she went lacking and was later discovered murdered. Sarah had adopted the entire “guidelines” that each lady is taught to observe and it nonetheless didn’t save her. On the time that we began engaged on the track, I had simply completed studying Know My Identify by Chanel Miller and was actually fired up about girls’s rights and the security of ladies. Jody and I proceeded to jot down the track collectively. It went by way of a number of rewrites earlier than we nailed down the model that we launched. We wished the track to be one thing that folks might relate to but additionally wished it to have an effect on folks. We hope that the track brings consciousness and promotes change. I need to dwell in a world the place each lady is protected and doesn’t need to be scared to stroll down the road.
Right here’s what Harriet Johnson mentioned on Twitter: “Each lady you recognize has taken an extended route. Has doubled again on herself. Has pretended to dawdle by a store window. Has held her keys in her hand. Has made a faux cellphone name. Has rounded a nook and run. Each lady you recognize has walked house scared. Each lady you recognize.”
Your stylistic versatility is wonderful. For instance, “It Solely Takes One” has a Brenda Russell really feel. What music did you hearken to rising up?
I really like every kind of music and have a really eclectic style in music. My mother and father are huge Motown followers, in order a child I listened to their music, which included The Commodores, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Jackson 5, and so on. I’ve at all times been an enormous fan of pop music and I grew up within the ’80s. I really like Whitney Houston, Prince, Michael Jackson, George Michael. The primary album that I purchased was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. After I was 12 years outdated, I found New Children On The Block, who’re nonetheless certainly one of my favourite teams to at the present time. Then as a teen, I found exhausting rock and steel music and fell in love with bands like Poison, Metallica, Skid Row, Anthrax and Warrant. I additionally actually preferred ’90s grunge by artists like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden. I might additionally play the Amadeus film soundtrack on repeat as a result of I beloved Mozart.
They are saying that almost all hit songs have “huge” choruses – and your choruses REALLY elevate. Do you begin songs by writing the refrain, as many songwriters do?
Generally I begin songs by writing the refrain first. I’ve additionally began songs by writing the verses first. Each track is totally different, and concepts can current themselves in several methods. I do work exhausting to make the choruses of my songs stand out. You need the refrain to be memorable and if I’ve finished my job proper, hopefully the listener will need to sing together with it.
Which musical style are you concentrating on these days? (pop, R&B, steel, and so on.)
These days, I’ve been writing numerous pop and rock songs. I’ve been focusing so much on writing songs for movie/TV and advertisements. This has been enjoyable as a result of it permits me to discover many alternative types and subgenres of music. I can write dance pop, darkish pop, alt-pop, pop-rock. It’s each difficult and numerous enjoyable.
Do you self-produce all of your songs, or do you have got a co-producer?
I’ve produced a few of my songs however more often than not I collaborate with different producers. I’m fortunate to get to work and collaborate with so many super-talented folks. Collaborating on music is certainly one of my favourite issues to do. So, if there are any producers on the market trying to collaborate on music for movie/TV, I’m at all times on the lookout for extra collaborators.