There’s a sad story behind Meghan Trainor’s rise to fame.
In an exclusive interview with 'Life & Style,' Meghan’s former music teacher, Johnny Spampinato, explains how a family tragedy ultimately put her on the path to stardom.
Before Meghan was born, her mother’s uncle, musician Robert LePalm, committed suicide. Robert was a member of NRBQ, so in a quest to find out why he would take his own life, Meghan’s mom struck up a friendship with Johnny, Robert’s old pal and former band mate.
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“Kelli [Meghan’s mother] called me and asked if I could give Meghan music lessons,” Johnny explains to 'Life & Style.' “Meghan would come over to my house and I had a little studio set up.”
“She would write 10 pop songs a day, just pouring them out,” Johnny reveals. “By age 14, she had recorded her own material with a Mac computer and probably GarageBand.”
He adds, “I introduced her to Big Al Anderson, who I replaced in NRBQ. He has platinum records on his walls and he’s written for a lot of country artists, and he got Meghan a deal. I really didn’t have to sell her. She sold herself with her talent.”
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