With a poise that belies her age, newcomer Merideth Puckett is generating a booming buzz that has people talking about the little girl with the big voice. At only 13 years old, Merideth sings with an emotion people twice her age can rarely articulate in a song. The Paris, TX native’s soulful vocals transport a listener to another world, so it’s no surprise that top producers and managers are clamoring to work with her. The Huffington Post wrote, “Look out, Music City. Pretty soon, you might have another incredible voice on your hands” and they couldn’t be more on the money.
When a friend recorded Meredith singing Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” in the kitchen, she wasn’t expecting to gain over 20-million views. “I was shocked! I was expecting maybe 100 people to hear me sing; we went to sleep that night and it was already at 11,000 views. It was amazing!”
The viral video caught the eye of someone in Merideth’s church who reached out to a guy in Nashville. That ‘guy’ was Grammy-Award winning producer/writer Aaron Pearce, who has worked with Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Boys II Men, Jill Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Willie Nelson, just to name a few. Flying to Nashville with her parents, Merideth met with Aaron, who not only wanted to work on music with her, but also introduced her to Global Entertainment Management’s Jerry Blair, who ended up as her Manager.
Meredith has grown up surrounded by song and was exposed to a range of different flavors from a young age. Her grandfather arranged and performed all the music for the Parish. Her mother and two younger sisters sing, and her Uncles play, write and perform music. Even though Merideth didn’t know exactly what it meant, she announced to her parents she wanted to be a singer when she was 6, absorbing and studying the sounds of Adele, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Hall & Oates.
While she has the singing part down pat, Merideth has begun to work on her songwriting, learning guitar so she can accompany herself. “I’ve written a bunch of melodies and have started to keep a diary so I can focus on what I am feeling. When I start writing lyrics, I want people to connect with me personally.”
As she develops as an artist, Merideth is also becoming a fan favorite, building a strong teen following on social media. “It’s really cool. I like to write back to the people who comment on what I post, and I try to put up a new video on YouTube every few weeks. It’s hard for me to believe I get to do this, it’s like living in a dream.”
So where does young Merideth Puckett see herself in five years? “Oh, still making music! When I sing, I feel like I am in my own world. This past 4th of July my family and I were downtown and there was a little stage for local performers. I got up and sang “God Bless the USA,” and when I started, there were maybe 10 people standing around. By the end of the song, there were almost 100 people gathered, singing with me and swaying their arms. It was magic.”