Set Your Eyes on Great Achievements With Megan Barker's "On The Way Up"

Megan Barker came into this world with songwriting in her blood. Born in Nashville, her father wrote songs for legends like Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and Hank Williams Jr. to name a few.

By the age of 16, Megan was living in Las Vegas and performing live music professionally on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, and opening the show for superstars such as Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band, and more.

Fresh off the release of her latest Country meets Pop ballad, “On The Way Up,” Megan Barker performs a series of heartfelt lyrical motifs that she offers intending to lift the spirits of her audience.

There’s a draping cordiality that stems from the warm emotion she uses to convey words such as, ‘living the dream is worth the prize.’ As the instrumentation hones in on melodies they are rousing in nature, we admire each twangy guitar riff that submerges to the surface as the rooted depth of each note performed is played with a juxtaposed passion. Latching onto the heartrending croons that she dazzlingly displays with cascading harmonies, we hear the optimistic light that she intends to illuminate through the gloomy year of 2020 affecting everyone in the world.

Reminding herself and her audience, that good things are on the way for them if they persevere, Megan Barker has “On The Way Up,” etched into our mind as we replay it through our thoughts, and sound system. Relating to each of us out there through a flourishing connection of authenticity, Megan Barker has us learning the true quintessence behind the high octane personality that she reiterates so well.

Welcome back to BuzzMusic, Megan Barker, and congratulations on the release of “On The Way Up.” This song acts as its own therapy session for all of us out here. What inspired you to take this approach to the way you constructed the lyrics?

Thank you for the warm welcome and kind words! I’ve been excited to release this song for a while now. I think this song can mean so many things for different people. For me, my musical journey has felt like a roller coaster. I think it's hard for some of us to remember that even if it doesn’t feel like it, we are making progress every day. I try to remember to enjoy the journey. These are the days we’ll always remember!

Could you please share a glimpse of the creative process when you were building this song from the ground up? Are there any memorable moments you have with “On The Way Up?"

Absolutely! I wrote this last summer over Zoom with one of my dear friends and collaborators, David Palmer. He’s a fantastic writer and makes incredible tracks so he played me a few tracks, I was drawn to one that’s similar to what you hear on the recording. I listened through once and thought this vibe felt inspirational and the phrase, “ we’re on the way up” came to me. The song came together quickly. Since 2020 was a complicated time, Palmer built the track, I sang and comped vocals at my house in my studio (closet), and my friend David Flint worked his magic on my vocals and then added electric guitar. None of us ever had to be together in the same room. What a cool time for music creation!

How would you say your headspace is now adjusting to the events of last year, trailing into this year? Has anything switched from the creation process to this present moment?

My headspace is mostly grateful. I’m so happy that even though last year had some really hard moments, I was able to create and release music. I’ve never been more appreciative of the power of music and how amazing it is that I get to do what I love every day.

What is your mission statement as an artist? How do you ensure to drive that home with each thing you do?

I am just writing and releasing music that is true to my soul. There’s nothing better than a song making you feel less alone, so if I can find a way to write songs that make others feel that way, that’s a dream come true and a full life in my book.