Women of Country has the exclusive premiere of Megan Wilder’s new song, “If I Knew”, check it out here! “ “If I Knew” is all of the questions that I think a lot of us naturally ask ourselves after a break up. It’s replaying different scenarios and wondering, if we did even one small thing differently, if things would have still played out the way that they did. And then asking ourselves if we would do it all over again knowing what we know now.”When the song was written, it was originally meant to be pitched to a few other artists the writers, Andrew Hannigan, Whitney Dean and Wilder had in mind. “We got a good demo, which was actually more of a pop piano ballad, but I remember after we finished it, it felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders that I didn’t even realize was there before. The lyrics were so personal to this pain and heartbreak and grieving that I had been unknowingly burying for a really long time, and that’s when I decided that I couldn’t let go of it and that it carried too much of me in it to have somebody else tell the story.” When it comes to Wilder’s songwriting process, ideas usually come to her when driving which is when the voice memo app on her phone comes in handy.
When asked who she looks up to, Megan mentions Carrie Underwood Carly Pearce, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Emily Weisband, not only for their abilities as artists and songwriters, but for all of the doors that they have opened up a lot of doors for other women in country music. Furthermore, Wilder gets personal and says “I’ve also always looked up to my mom. I know that sounds kind of cheesy and cliche but my mom is truly one of the most hard working, boss women that I know and she has taught me so much about work ethic and paying your dues and working hard for what you want, but that nothing is too far out of reach.” Megan has always loved the freedom of being able to simply tell her own stories exactly the way that they happened and feel that country music embodies that the most. “It’s raw and honest and genuine, and it always has been. The core of my music though is rawness and honesty. Just being open and candid no matter what the situation is. Being a vessel for other people to put words to how they’re feeling has always been really important to me, and I think that also plays a big part in my sound.”
Wilder grew up in San Ramon, CA, a city about an hour outside of San Francisco. Her dad was super musical and was always picking a guitar or playing the piano or singing around the house. “My whole family has always been extremely supportive. Ever since I decided I wanted to pursue music as a career, my mom would drive me to and from choir practices, play rehearsals, singing competitions all over the West Coast, voice lessons every week, etc. So I've definitely been really blessed to have parents that have always been so supportive, especially because I know that not everybody gets to say that.”Growing up, Megan had tons of energy that she didn’t really know what to do with or how to channel it. One of the only things that helped her to understand her emotions and put them into words was music. “Whether that was singing into my karaoke machine after school in my living room or writing my own songs, I felt seen and heard and understood.”
Wilder plays live whenever she gets the opportunity and her favorite part about it is testing out new songs that haven’t been released yet. “Getting messages from people after a show telling me that they can relate to one of my songs or that it resonated with them is just wild to me and means so much. I want aspiring artists to know that they should Make your music for themselves first and foremost, and not based on what you think other people want to hear. That realness will come through to your listeners and you would be surprised at how many people share or relate to your truth.”
Megan has tons of new music coming this year so make sure you follow her on Instagram at @meganwidermusic for all news!