YouTube has been good to Meghan Tonjes. It brought her to Los Angeles six months ago, for one thing. Orginally from Michigan, she admits that she started playing “for a boy. I thought it would make him like me. It didn’t impress him, but I started writing songs and putting myself out there on YouTube. When I started, you couldn’t make money, but I posted original songs and covers. They would get 1,000 views, maybe. It was a slow progression, but eventually I became a part of the community.”
And then she covered a Britney Spears song. It got her on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and in “the past few years, everything has gone crazy,” she explained in a recent phone interview. “It was huge.” Two full-length albums later (they’re “about being in my 20s”), she knows “where I’ve come from and where I’m going.”
One place she’s going is to the finish line. “I want to run a 5k at the end of March, I’ve lost 70 pounds.” She’s also “working on an EP that’s coming out this Spring, followed by a tour over the summer.”
For her, it’s about the journey. “If things aren’t happening fast enough, people get frustrated, but you have to get through all this stuff to get there. We live in a culture where people get famous overnight.” That’s not realistic. “But if you do your thing, you’ll reach an audience.” You can keep up with Meghan’s journey on her Twitter feed, and of course, on YouTube.
“Maybe We’re Not Meant to Be”