“Seeing accomplished Melbourne singer-songwriter Megan Bernard play live and solo reminds me of ladies from Italy making pasta from scratch. She puts love into each note, pummelling it and stroking it in a way that makes it look easy as pie, all the while noodling away on a delicious musical feast that leaves you satisfied, patting your tummy and knowing that you've just witnessed authenticity at its finest.”
Jenny O’Keefe, Homebrew, PBS FM 106.7.
Megan Bernard is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based in Melbourne, Australia. With a sound inspired by artists such as John Mayer and Meshell N’degeocello, Megan's music sits comfortably in the Alternative Pop genre. Megan “cranks out some great tones” on her renowned turquoise blue strat, all the while delivering smooth and breathy vocals, comparable to those of Sarah McLachlan and Imogen Heap. A natural songwriter, her lyrics are honest and vulnerable, providing listeners with many layers to connect through. Audiences are continually captivated by Megan’s live performances as she delivers her concerts with rich emotion. Her debut solo single ‘Big Dreams’, produced by Kalju Tonuma, was released in April 2012, has been described as “stunning in its simplicity” and “so darn catchy!” (The AU Review).
In 2011 Megan was chosen by singer/songwriter Jess McAvoy to be the lead guitarist for her Farewell Melbourne Concert at The Corner Hotel. Check out the photos from the night here. As McAvoy stated, “A spectacular band of women backed up a set that will go down in history as the best show I have performed in Melbourne.” Megan can currently be seen performing in Melbourne at venues including The Drunken Poet, The Wesley Anne, and The Edinburgh Castle. She also performs as the lead guitarist in both Folk/Roots band Little Wise.
Megan's love affair with the guitar was elevated in 2002 at the age of seventeen when she moved to Melbourne to study jazz improvisation. During this time she was exposed to and is now highly influenced by guitarists such as John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Jeff Beck. It was also during this time that she formed the alternative indie-rock band Don’t Mess With The Pony (DMWTP). During their seven years together DMWTP successfully toured Australia as well as British Columbia, Canada. They released four EP’s, received an Australia Council buzz grant, and obtained airplay on Triple J, Triple R, PBS FM, and Joy FM. Megan was also the lead guitarist for Melbourne blues and roots band The State Express (now known as State) from 2004 to 2006.