We are happy to feature Free2Luv Advocate, teen pop artist and anti-bullying activist, Meredith O’Connor who rose to fame when her first song “Celebrity” went viral on YouTube reaching over two million views within the first two months of its release. Meredith’s energy and passion for making a difference is contagious and we’re excited to highlight this beautiful advocate for change.
It was awesome to catch up with Meredith and get an inside peek on what drives this awesome young woman to travel the globe and inspire young people everywhere to stand up, speak out and be brave. Thanks, Meredith! You are a true inspiration.
What are your top 3 favorites songs?
Total Eclipse of the heart by Bonnie Tyler, that song and video basically emulates the word “epic” haha, Vienna by Billy Joel and Finale B. from Rent.
If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?
Wicked. I used to really connect with Elphaba, and that show is a classic.
If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?
Jim Morrison from The Doors, Freddie Mercury from Queen
Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?
I do! I love to cook, horseback ride and surf!
What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?
Finding out my concert in NYC, LA and London were all sold out was very exciting, but something that stands out to me is the time I was in Northern California, and one of the fans who came out to the show at the meet and greet said that she had never spoken in class because of anxiety until that day, and my music was the reason for it. I have been told remarkable stories of kids’ bravery a lot via Facebook, Instagram, and often times at meet and greets but they always stick with me. It’s hard to pick just one example. But I can tell you I know how much it can be a challenge to defeat anxiety, it’s like you’re fighting yourself, so you don’t even have yourself on your side. So hearing her do that was just really awesome and it touched me.
What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?
Legacy, by Eminem. He talks about how his differences and struggles growing up ended up serving him for the better, and that message is so important. That’s why my song “Just The Thing” also has a similar message behind it.
What’s your favorite part of performing?
I love when fans sing along to my songs. I also love when a song is starting and I can feel the anticipation and excitement in a live concert. Just that itself gives me even more adrenaline.
What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?
Definitely Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. If you haven’t heart it, check out the main hook. It’s personally a challenge for me not to sing along to it, haha.
What message do you want to share through your music?
When I had issues with my confidence due to the abuse and bullying, I really wish I knew that the things that each and every thing that made me stand out, and every little thing that they picked on, including my height, my love for writing, and performing, would all one day be something that I thank myself everyday for never letting them change. That’s what I want my fans to see, because nothing personally bothers me more than not only when someone is bullied, but they actually let the words change them. That’s what I want to help stop.
What would you say to someone going through a rough time?
I would say, if you need help, know that you deserve it and life doesn’t have to be this painful. Whatever damage you have can be fixed, and it’s not easy, but it’s worth a try.
If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?
Probably Just The Thing because its message of accepting who you are is universal. I currently am on a world tour, and at my concert in London, shows in Greece and in America (soon to be Sydney, Australia) that is a fan favorite.
Just for fun … fill in the blanks!
Without music, I would be eternally lost.
Music is my right arm. Does that make any sense? At all? haha
My hero is Freddie Mercury.
Life is mysterious and a miracle.
How are you rocking your voice for good?
Ever since “Celebrity” first became a hit, having a fan base and this type of attention was a new thing to me, but honestly a dream come true because since then I made it my priority each day to be the role model that I wish I once had.