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Meg Mac picks the songs that inspire her most

Ahead of her 'Give Me My Name Back' tour, we sat down with Meg Mac to find out what songs have inspired her most throughout her career.

This April and May, Meg Mac will be celebrating the first single taken from her forthcoming record, titled Give Me My Name Back.

Since being unearthed by triple j back in 2013, Meg has risen through the ranks of the Australia music industry – scoring ARIA nominations, nods from publications like Rolling Stone and The New York Times, toured America with D’Angelo, and that’s only scratching the surface.

As she prepares to head out on her next national tour – and begin the newest chapter in her career – we sat down with Meg to find out which songs and artists have inspired her most over the years.

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come 

“One of the most powerful songs I have ever heard. Everyone should listen to this song. It was also the first time I’d ever heard Sam Cooke sing and from the first few words he sang I was moved by his voice.”

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black album

“I didn’t know someone could sing like that and that it could be from my time. What she was singing about sounded so new and different,  but it also sounded so familiar like all the soul music I’ve grown up listening to.”

Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands

“Sometimes I hear a song and just know that I need to sing it. I wanted to do my own version, it ended up on my EP and now I don’t play a show without it.”

Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago

“This album came out when I was a teenager and figuring out what I was going to do when I left school. It made me want to write my own songs.”

Camille – Le Fil

“An entire album made only with her voice – each song starts and ends with the same one note being sung. I didn’t know you could use your voice like this. And you can make a song from a starting place of one note.”

Meg Mac will bring her Give Me My Name Back tour to The Tivoli, Brisbane on Saturday April 13 and The Forum, Melbourne on Saturday May 4. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com.au.

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