We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Elsworth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk to me the is a verb, to follow your fears. Rather than living in suspense, in the shadow of your fears, figure out what it is that is fueling the fear fire and go in that direction. Run into the fire if you will. That is what I have been doing, or at least I have been trying. I am working on jumping into the fire. I think that is when you really ignite your life (pun intended). When you realize “I am afraid of playing in front of millions of people” that means you CARE. That tells me that goal needs to be added to the bucket list, I need to see it every day and most importantly I need to write it down. Adding friction to words gives them more power than they hold just in your mind alone. So in this new year of 2021 I hope to follow my fears, to see where they lead me, in hopes of finding the ignition to my goals and deepest desires.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am so incredibly proud of my album. ELLSWORTH. It is a work of love and deep passion, that I have put two years of myself into. My debut album and my brain child is set to release on January 29, 2021 with three singles ‘Growing Pains’, ‘When You Do’ and ‘Dear Rosie’ being released prior. I am not sure what sets me apart, but one thing comes to mind and that is the fact that I love performing for people more than most things in life. The adrenaline that flows through my veins when I step off a stage, the hugs, handshakes and hellos. They all give me the most wonderful sense of pride and accomplishment, the feeling that I may have given someone a gift. Maybe they heard a lyric that struck them or maybe they hated it and now realize they don’t like folk music, I don’ t know. I think music helps people realize their feelings, haha! The greatest lesson I have learned is that you reap what you sow, you get what you give. This was taught to me in high school and I have never forgotten it. This means I stay to help clean up, great and introduce yourself to every staff member at a show, thank everyone you possibly can and give your all, even if your all isn’t what someone else’s all is, do what you can and it will all come back three times better. I am so incredibly lucky to have found the Denver music community, it has embraced me and my colleagues in its beautiful arms so graciously. My bandmates in Sister Neapolitan and I always say how grateful we are to have chosen University of Colorado Denver for school, because we wouldn’t have not just met each other but the wonderful people that make up the Denver music scene. Bio: It was just another day in the small town of Camp Sherman, Oregon when 8-year-old Megan Ellsworth picked up a guitar. She stretched her pudgy, kid fingers across the neck, and plucked the strings with a gleeful passion only a kid can embody. Her father noticed her love of music and taught her a few chords, unknowingly spurring within Megan a yearning that would fuel her life. She soon surpassed her father’s ability to teach her guitar and began writing and performing whenever she got the chance. Now a double-graduate from the University of Colorado Denver’s award-winning programs, Music Business and Songwriting, she is living her passion as a touring folk singer-songwriter under her last name, Ellsworth. People recognize Ellsworth as a lyrical storyteller and an infectious performer. Her songs are raw and distinct while enjoyably reminiscent of folk greats before her. A friend of innovation, Ellsworth looks forward to experimenting with the folk genre and enriching her songwriting. That said, all of her songs have a core, a purpose that Ellsworth will never waver from. That is; “To actively grapple with the deeper aspects of humanity, with the complicated experience of being human that we all know and can relate to.” (Megan Ellsworth, On Songwriting).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Denver Art Museum!!!! They have a Frida Kahlo exhibit right now that will make your heart erupt and your brain melt out of beauty. City’O’City… THE. BEST. FOOD. EVER. ANNNND it’s vegan! Ten Penny Store on Broadway, the best vintage finds in town, I guarantee it! Alamo Drafthouse – I know this is in other cities, but I just love going to the movies so much and this place is the BEST.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Matt Hoffman of Strange Americans and New Mexican He has mentored me and shown me the way of believing in myself while also realizing that I have much to learn, at any age. Also Owen Kortz of the University of Colorado at Denver Songwriting Program. Thanks to Owen, I was able to find my songwriting voice.
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