Performance Friday: Meghan McMahon

Each week, the LHS chorus classes allow students to showcase their talent. Multiple students perform each week for the highly anticipated “Performance Friday.” This section will display each performance and include interviews from the very talented performers. Here is one of last week’s performances:

Meghan McMahon, Grade 11:

The song I’m singing is “At Last” by Etta James. It’s a classic jazz song about finally finding your one true love. For me, since I’ve gotten into concert choir, I’ve grown to be a part of such an amazing group of people who I can relate to, so I feel that “at last” I’ve found my happy place.

Q: How did you get started in music? Who are your greatest musical influences?

A: I started when I was five, singing into a comb to my family. My musical inspiration has to be Lady Gaga. She’s always been one of my favorite artists, and I can relate to a lot of her songs on a personal level. However, I will say I have my own style, and I try to sound different from other artists.

Q: Do you aspire to do anything with music in your future?

A: I don’t necessarily want to go into music in college, but I would love to join an acapella group at whatever college I might attend.

Q: What is your favorite part about Performance Friday and/or performing in general?

A: Just being able to express myself in a way I can’t really during school in class.

Q: Do you get nervous to perform in front of people, specifically your peers? How do you quell your nerves?

A: I’ve become accustomed to my anxiousness. I know it’s there, but I try to block it out by running thoughts through my head like “just sing, there’s no one around, it’s just me.”

Q: What do you love most about music? Has music helped you in any way through the pandemic?

A: Music brings people together, which creates a sense of community. A person can find their niche, and I think through music and being in concert choir, I’ve found my niche. Dealing with the pandemic and a lot of family stuff really brought me down, but when I listened to music or sang, I felt put together again.