Latin from Victoria BC
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Meagan Devauld grew up with an insatiable love of music and an endearing curiosity. Her immersion started at an early age, with extensive training in classical and jazz, along with traditional composing, singing, and performing.
Yet Meagan’s foundations soon clashed with a passion for world music and a knack for innovation. While studying Saxophone in university, she traversed into a genre all her own, leaving behind traditional formulas and what she found to be creatively stifling methods. Although she was considered a pianist and saxophonist of high standards, she found the greatest level of satisfaction while writing and creating original songs,inventing new ways for harmonies and instruments to play off each other.
Upon returning from a year abroad in Mexico, she started playing piano with Victoria based Cuban music group “Son de Cuba” and her natural affinity for latin music and her love for tumbao was discovered. She threw herself into an intense study of voice, latin music and language and emerged with a catalogue of latin originals.
In 2010,she organized a 10 piece latin band for which she composed and arranged an expansive variety of compositions in Spanish, English and Portuguese in genres from latin infused swing to upbeat, sunny cha-cha, explosive timba and reggaeton.
Her first CD, a five song latin original work, was recorded and produced by Jose Sanchez, an internationally acclaimed percussionist and producer from Cuba. The CD and the band generated a buzz in the local latin community and proved to the community that Meagan was a musical force to be reckoned with.
Meagan has highlighted several shows, as well as performing at the the TD International Victoria Jazzfest. Her first latin music single ”Manojo de Arena” was promoted by Danie Cortese Entertainment and played on community and world music stations world-wide. The single received high acclaim from DJs and set the stage for potential international tours and continued airplay.
Though the large latin group was successful, she found that the original project was more true to traditional latin music than it was to her creative new sound. Meagan continues to write new songs for a new independent project which she will inaugurate this winter.