Hantsport singer gets crack at ECMA stage
BY KIRK STARRATT
Kings County Advertiser/Registe
She hopes to fulfill her dream of becoming a young Canadian performer young Canadians can be proud of.
Meghan Rumbolt of Hantsport, better known as Meggie Lou, has been invited by the East Coast Music Association to perform on the Discovery Stage, part of East Coast Music Week, in Charlottetown April 13 to 17.
“It’s nerve wracking, but I’m very excited,” she says. “I just hope I’m ready and I don’t mess up. I worry so much.”
Meggie Lou, 15, was just four years old when she started singing. At nine, her stepfather, Craig, taught her some guitar basics and she went on to learn several more cords on her own. Her first performance was at L.E. Shaw Elementary School in Avonport when she was in Grade 1. She is now a Grade 10 student at Horton in Greenwich. Her stage name, Meggie Lou, was her mother, Tracy McNeil’s, idea.
She used to be so shy her mother bought her a hat and sunglasses to hide her face. She didn’t like anyone looking at her when she was on stage. She still likes wearing hats, but for different reasons.
“It’s nerve wracking but I’m very excited, though. I just hope I’m ready and I don’t mess up. I worry so much.” Meggie Lou
Other performers tell her they don’t get stage fright any more, but she still gets butterflies and shakes when it’s time to go on. Audiences tend to be silent, and all she sees are eyes. If she sings a long or high note, people applaud, and then Meggie Lou enjoys the reaction
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