The new album from Megan Joy went up on iTunes last week. This is the second album for the American Idol Season 8 alum, following her crowdsourced effort, Megan Joy, in 2012.
The set contains 12 tracks, including the first single “Boy Next Door.”
Check out samples of each song at iTunes before you buy. You can also purchase a hard copy of the album from Megan’s website, HERE.
The closing track “Sweet Love” has been posted to You Tube. It may be the most adventurously produced song recorded by an American Idol alum. I am definitely going to check this album out when I get a minute.
Switching gears a bit, Megan posted a first person account on the PartySober.com site about her battle with drinking. As she struggled with her broken marriage, partial custody of her son, and the pressures of making it in the business, she drank to escape. You can read her essay at Party Sober.
To my extreme surprise I ended up with a ticket to hollywood, the day I turned 23. I had already made the heartbreaking decision to have my son only half the time and I had to decide if I wanted to peruse this opportunity and have him even less. But I knew that If I could just hang in there and make top ten that I would go on tour and make enough money for a new start. This was so painful I could never try to explain it. I decided I had to continue on. But I started to find myself forming new habits. When I wasn’t working my ass off on the show or making a quick visit home I would drink. I didn’t know how else to stop the pain. It wasn’t a problem….yet….and I found myself in the top ten. After I met my goal I gave up on the competition and was cut. I got to go home, just for a minute before heading out to tour the country. I was in another world. So high from all that I got to see and experience and still so so low from the death of my marriage and absence of my motherhood. Once I was on tour I only got to see my son every once in while and I was close to insanity. Any time we had a day off I was on my way to the nearest pub to drink away the pain. Drinking was a solid crutch by this time. After the tour finally ended I came back to all sorts of opportunities to continue singing. with my custody schedule being 4 days on 4 days off I stayed home with my son on my days then flew to LA to write and record. I was so exhausted and still heartbroken that my habit of drinking away pain continued on. I was pretty much convinced that I had no control over the habit any more. It owned me.
Megan eventually quit cold turkey and by her account, only drinks “on very special occasions.” She doesn’t consider herself an alcoholic, just someone who developed a very bad habit.