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At an age when most 14 year olds are thinking about lip gloss Megon McDonough recorded her first record. Winning The WLS Big Break Radio Contest garnered her a recording contract with Mercury Records, a set of Ludwig drums, an Eco 12 String Guitar and Gibson amplifier. Did we mention she was a 14-year-old FOLK SINGER?
Fate being what it is though and she was released from her contract instead of her record. She stayed in contact with the production company who produced the Mercury recordings and was invited to come to California and pursue her music career there, and babysat for her manager’s kids.
By age17, Megon was signed to Jerry Wientraub’s Management 3 management company and Wooden Nickel/RCA record label. She began touring and opening for such folk acts as John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin, performing on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Cellar Door.
Megon might be best known for her work as an inaugural member of the folk group The Four Bitchin’ Babes, which allowed her wit and folk sensibilities to comment on the ups and downs of everyday life. To date, she has 20+ solo albums to her credit, and is best known for her inspiring song “Amazing Things.” Megon classifies her music as folk/cabaret, citing her love of theater and jazz as the reason for the unusual mix.
In addition to her singing career, Megon has also had an acclaimed acting career. She received rave reviews for playing Patsy Cline in "Always Patsy Cline," and was nominated for the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award, she has appeared in Pump Boys and Dinettes, "Forever Prine" at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago and most recently wrote music and melodies for the songs of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, for The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, playing Amiens in the production and later was cast in the part of Anna in their musical production of My Name Is Will.
Dec. 1st 2018 Megon celebrated her 9th year as Music Minister at Unity Northwest Church, in Des Plaines, IL
Currently Megon teaches voice privately and has been on the faculty at The Music Institute of Chicago, teaching voice and songwriting for 2 years. But most exciting for her is her training to be a Transformational/Transitional Coach helping empower women transitioning in - as well as out - of the performing arts.
Megon lives in Evanston, IL. And is hoping to get a dog in the Fall!