Forsyth residents wanting to see a rising country music star won’t have to travel far on Thursday evening.
Middle Georgia’s own Megan Fowler will be performing at The Pickled Okra on the corner of Johnston and Jackson streets at 7 p.m. In addition to the concert, Fowler will sign autographs and her albums will be on sale for $10.
Fowler, who grew up about an hour from Forsyth in Butler, told the Reporter she began singing as a small child, primarily in her church choir. After taking voice lessons while growing up, Fowler headed to country music mecca Nashville, Tenn. when she was still in her teens in the fall of 2011. While in Nashville, she began working with PCG Institute, where she worked with top songwriters to hone her musical craft, a time that Fowler said allowed her to finish her high school education and serve as a kind of college experience.
“I was terrified going up there,” Fowler recalled of leaving Butler for Nashville. “But I had a great experience.”
Fowler then released her first album, “We’ve All Got a Song” on iTunes and Amazon on April 1, 2014, getting extensive radio play on Atlanta-area country stations for two singles, “Read My Mind”, a duet with fellow artist Matt Rogers, and “Match Made in Heaven.”
Fowler said she has since moved back to Middle Georgia from Nashville so she can focus entirely on her burgeoning music career, which she said keeps her on the road more than she’s at home. Fowler said she gets off of I-75 in Forsyth frequently to travel the back roads home to Butler, but she said this will the first time she’s ever performed a show in Forsyth. Fowler said several Monroe County friends as well as a host of Macon buddies are expected to attend Thursday’s show during which she plans to throw in a few Christmas favorites.
Fowler said she grew up mostly listening to worship music in her Christian home, but she said she became more acquainted with secular country music when she was old enough to attend public school. She said she quickly fell in love with the genre and cites as chief influences: Carrie Underwood for her song choice and style, Kacey Musgraves for her sass and Loretta Lynn for her success overcoming a hard-scrabble upbringing.
Fowler has experienced huge success of her own in her short career, having been a two-time recipient of the Georgia Country Award for Country Female Artist of the Year and a two-time recipient of the GA Music Award for Country Female Artist of the Year. Among the many well-known artists with whom she has shared the stage include: Luke Combs, Edwin McCain, Doug Stone, Phil Vassar and Bryan White.
Most recently, Fowler returned to her roots, releasing a Christian/gospel album entitled “Tune My Heart”, which features her new single “Grandpa’s Knee.” Fowler’s music is available on iTunes, Spotify and other music streaming services.
For more information on Fowler, visit her website, meganfowlermusic.com.