There are some who dream of making a living through art, while others are in the reality of this dream – truly making a living as an artist. How different would it be if our art was the only thing to make us feel fluent?
For Megan Washington, singing is her sweet relief. To her, singing is more than making nice sounds and making nice songs. It’s more than feeling known or understood. It’s more than making others feel the things she feels.
It’s the only time when what comes out of her mouth is comprehensively exactly what she intended.
Take a look at Megan Washington’s beautiful Ted
Megan Washington is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has to say rather than speaking them.
Megan Washington has won two ARIA Awards,
the Australian equivalent of the Grammys.
A popular singer/songwriter,
she has recently come clean with a secret—
that she has a speech impediment.
Why you should listen
The lyrics of Megan Washington’s songs have a beautiful, confessional tone: she sings about heartbreak, insecurity, rage, you name it. But there is one thing that Washington avoided sharing publicly before stepping on the stage of TEDxSydney 2014: that she has a stutter.
One of Australia’s most promising singer/songwriters, Megan Washington won two ARIA Awards in 2010 for “Best Female Artist” and “Breakthrough Artist” following the release of her album, I Believe You Liar. The album went platinum, and she followed it up in 2012 with Insomnia. Her latest album, There There, will be released on September 12, 2014.
Prior to going solo, Washington played jazz piano with various acts and founded a band called Washington, borrowing her last name. After her breakthrough solo album, she served as a mentor on Australia’s version of The Voice and also spoke on music panels on the show Spicks and Specks, using a method called “smooth speech” to overcome her stuttering on-air. Washington’s songs have also appeared in TV shows Girls and Boardwalk Empire.
What others say
“Megan’s edifying admission will help others who struggle with speech impediments that may be hiding in the shadows to embrace life and not let their difficulties hold them back. ” — Woman’s Day