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Meghan Trainor: The Feel-Good Pop Star

Full Name Meghan Elizabeth Trainor
Age 29
Birthday December 22, 1993
Born United States
Relationship Married to Daryl Sabara
Children 1 son, Riley
Height 5′ 5′′
Net Worth $8 million
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube

Meghan Trainor is a singer/songwriter who achieved fame in 2014 with "All About That Bass". With her catchy lyrics and upbeat melodies, she has become one of the most popular contemporary pop artists today.

Early Life and Musical Upbringing

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor was born on December 22, 1993 in Nantucket, Massachusetts to parents Gary and Kelli Trainor. She was born into a very musical family – her father was an organist and pianist, and her mother taught piano. Meghan demonstrated natural musical talent from a young age.

At just 11 years old, Meghan started writing her own songs and learning music production software like Logic Pro and GarageBand. By age 13, she had already composed over 200 original songs across a range of styles – pop, country, soca.

Meghan‘s parents encouraged her artistic pursuits. When she was younger, her father would ask her to compose raps for him to perform at church. Throughout her childhood, the Trainor family made home recordings of Meghan singing and playing various instruments.

Career Beginnings and Early Success

Meghan Trainor first gained exposure by posting videos of herself performing on YouTube. In 2009, at age 16, she self-released her first single "Take Care of Our Soldiers" and got local Nantucket media coverage.

The song‘s patriotic message resonated with many online, earning Trainor praise and momentum to pursue music seriously. Her parents connected her with music producers and publishers, helping Meghan record and release acoustic demos.

During her senior year of high school in 2011, Trainor landed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music. This enabled her to travel to Nashville, Miami, and Los Angeles to co-write songs with professional songwriters and producers.

By age 17, Meghan had already written tracks for artists like Rascal Flatts and Hunter Hayes. Her co-penned song "Let Your Hair Down" for country trio Diamond Rio reached #54 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2011.

Breakout Single "All About That Bass"

At age 19, Trainor signed with Epic Records and began work on her debut studio album with producer Kevin Kadish. Her major breakthrough came in June 2014 with the release of "All About That Bass" as the album‘s lead single.

"All About That Bass" skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for eight consecutive weeks. The insanely catchy track combines a retro doo-wop sound with Trainor‘s lyrics promoting body positivity: "I‘m bringing booty back / Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that."

The runaway success of "All About That Bass" made Trainor a household name overnight. It became one of the best-selling singles worldwide, achieving diamond certification with over 11 million sales. The song‘s popularity and Trainor‘s unique style earned her a Best New Artist nomination at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Debut Album Title and Grammy Win

On the heels of her newfound fame, Trainor released her debut album Title in January 2015. Fueled by the smash success of "All About That Bass" and follow-up hits like "Lips Are Movin" and "Dear Future Husband", Title premiered at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The album‘s throwback doo-wop sound was a refreshing change from other pop acts. Trainor wrote and produced almost the entire album herself in just five weeks – an impressive feat for a debut album. Title earned Trainor a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2016, beating out artists like Courtney Barnett and James Bay.

While promoting Title, Trainor also embarked on her first national concert tour – That Bass Tour. Comprised of intimate, high-energy shows in theaters and clubs, the tour grossed $4 million over 25 dates from February to April 2015. Trainor‘s fun, confident stage presence helped boost her popularity.

Continued Musical Success

Trainor‘s second studio album Thank You released in May 2016, debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200. Lead single "No" marked Trainor‘s fourth top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit. Other singles like "Me Too" and "Better" featuring Yo Gotti also performed well commercially.

Thank You features songwriting and production from Max Martin, Johan Carlsson, and others – marking Trainor‘s transition from writing everything herself. The album tours saw rave reviews, with critics noting Trainor‘s improving stage presence and vocals.

After undergoing vocal surgery in 2017, Trainor returned with new singles "No Excuses" and "Let You Be Right" in 2018. Her third album Treat Myself arrived in 2020 and contained the fan-favorite track "Wave" featuring Mike Sabath.

Some career highlights for Trainor since her debut include:

  • Winning the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2016
  • Judging The Voice UK in 2017 alongside, Tom Jones, and Jennifer Hudson
  • Writing "You‘re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" for the 2018 film The Grinch
  • Being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2021

Personal Life

In terms of her personal life, Trainor began dating actor Daryl Sabara (of Spy Kids fame) in July 2016. Sabara proposed to Trainor on her 24th birthday in December 2017 with a handmade song titled "Marry Me." The two wed one year later in December 2018 in Los Angeles.

In February 2021, Trainor gave birth to the couple‘s first child, a son named Riley. As a new mom, Trainor often brings Riley along to her music video shoots and TV appearances.

An advocate for body positivity and self-love, Trainor has been open about her own health and image struggles. She underwent a second vocal cord surgery in late 2021 after issues from excessive scar tissue. Trainor powers through with resilience, maintaining an active touring and recording schedule.

Legacy as a Pop Star

At just 29, Meghan Trainor has already made a significant impact on the pop music landscape. She helped popularize the revival of 1950s/60s doo-wop sounds in contemporary hits. Her lyrics celebrate old-school female empowerment and self-confidence.

Trainor‘s talent and drive are undeniable. She writes and produces almost all her own songs, a remarkable accomplishment in the male-dominated music industry. Her vocals have grown impressively stronger over just three album releases.

With her throwback style, catchy songs, and lovable personality, Trainor has carved out a distinctive niche for herself in pop music. While she gets pegged as a one-hit wonder by some, Meghan has proved again and again that she is here to stay as one of music‘s brightest rising stars.