Megan Burtt has been a rising star in the Colorado scene after making a splash at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest winning the Songwriter of the Year honor. Her music is honest and raw, polished and accessible. She's a world traveler and knows how to tell her stories in a way that draw crowds and critics to her sound. Riding high from the acclaim of her studio album "The Bargain" released fall 2015, Megan Burtt is a must see!
Megan Burtt was born and bred in Denver, Colorado. "I've always written songs," she says. "I took piano lessons when I was young, but when I picked up my dad's old classical guitar, things took off." Inspired by Joni Mitchell's "Blue," Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. "I didn't know any girls who played music, but "Blue," Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time" and the women on the MTV videos I saw, let me know it was possible."
Burtt attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston. There she made two EPs she calls her "practice records." "As soon as I met other musicians, I put together a band and started playing. We took every gig we could get. I loved being on stage with such talented players. It developed my ear, made my guitar playing more solid and made me a confident bandleader and performer."
When she graduated from Berklee, Burtt moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music. While there, she contracted a potentially fatal disease, but she never stopped singing or performing, and eventually found her way to full recovery. She played music in Vietnam for a couple of months, then returned to the U.S. to record "It Ain't Love," a 12 song collection she made with the friends that still make up the backbone of her recording bandâLouis Cato, guitarist Adam Tressler and James Williams. One of the songs off the album, "Waiting for June," won Best Song at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition.
In 2013, Burtt began writing and producing songs that would become "The Bargain," produced by Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy, Mariah Carey), a talented multi-instrumentalist and longtime member of Burtt's backing band.
After two years of careful production, "The Bargain" arrived fall 2015 to show off Cato's creative production and Burtt's bold vocals.