What you might be expecting to see here is some snappy, fun summary about all of my accomplishments and why you should not only enjoy me as a person but willingly or not so willingly give your souls over to my music. Generally, this would be done with some fancy third person perspective, so you’d think I was so cool that I had a team of people, or a staff, or people to run errands for me. But, the truth is, it’s just me.
Now, I know not all of you exactly know who I am, so here’s the part where I tell you a little about my life. Yes, my name is really Meghan Tonjes (pronounced Tawn-Jiss). I am from a little boating town outside of Detroit, Michigan. Yes, I can show you where I live on my hand.
For the past 5 years I have been putting up a weekly series on Youtube, called Request Tuesday, where I take popular and not so popular music and make my own acoustic versions of it. With the help of other social media personalities, Perez Hilton, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen Degeneres, to name a few, my videos have been seen over 10 million times and over 150,000 people have subscribed to my channel. At the beginning of 2011 I actually went to L.A. to appear on the Ellen Degeneres show, where I spoke about my past and outlook on bullying and also performed. Within a few days my debut album, Be In Want, hit #8 on the Singer-Songwriter iTunes charts, as well as in the top 20 downloaded albums of that week (right below Tracy Chapman and Sheryl Crow).
In the spring of 2011, I joined the Digitour, a Youtube-centric tour, for the Grand Rapids and Nashville dates. I also became one of 25 people chosen for Youtube NextUp, where I attended a video bootcamp and was given $35,000 to grow my channel and content.
This past summer I released my second full-length album, This Year, with DFTBA, an indie label that works with Youtube musicians. When I’m not working on my own channel or touring for shows, I am making videos with a group I started, Project Lifesize. This collaborative effort strives to talk about issues of body image, self esteem, acceptance, and not fitting the mold in a world that seems obsessed with the mold. I have been lucky enough to speak publicly about this effort and my experiences, not only at my shows, but at schools and events.
And, now that I’ve completely bombarded you with all of those facts, let’s talk about who I am. I’m a girl who gets to the travel playing the songs she wrote in her bedroom. I get to share my life through video with people from all over the world.
I am incredibly lucky.
So, thank you.