July Updates

Hey you!

How are you? Yes, I know it’s been a month(ish) since I’ve posted but here’s all the updates of what’s going on with Merit Koch & the Company (that includes all of you awesome people that are helping me as a musician by #ShowingUp and #ShowingOut.) PLUS, check out the awesome shows for this fall!

Meet Me in Memphis⏤Singer-Songwriter Night @South Main Sounds                -June 24, 2016-

South Main Sounds is an amazing organization that promotes local musicians in the Memphis area. Their weekly Friday “Songwriter Nights” are no exception. I had the great honor to share the stage with awesome regional artists while also playing my originals. Here’s just  a glimpse from this amazing, music-filled night.

Huey’s Southaven Takeover (June 26, 2016)

Thanks to all the friends and fans who #ShowedUp and #ShowedOut for my first gig at Huey’s Southaven. I was so happy to see everyone come out and help me #TakeOverHueysSouthaven. It was a night filled with great music and (of course) the best burgers in the Memphis Area! Missed this show? Come on out and see me (same time, same place) August 21st!

Memphis Farmer’s Market (July 9, 2016)

Some of my favorite gigs are festivals, arts fairs, and farmers markets. These events always have a deep sense of community, where friends and neighbors come together to socialize and support craftsmen and farmers. I always meet the most generous people at these gatherings, and the Memphis Farmer’s Market was no exception. Hosted by South Main Sounds, the Farmer’s Market music stage brings musicians all over the city to fill the space with a perfect Saturday morning soundtrack for shoppers and vendors alike. Throughout my set, I had the opportunity to break out the egg shakers for the kids, play Johnny Cash and Cyndi Lauper for their parents, and perform some Adele for Gen Y’ers like me. While I did get some money in my tip jar, I was overwhelmed by the farmers and merchants who gave me peas, squash, cantaloupe, and more. Making friends like these is why I love my job.


Upcoming Shows

Want to be part of the Merit Koch Company? I need help by #showingup and #showingout at this August gigs. Join us as Merit Koch & Company takes over these fine music establishments.

  • Huey’s Collierville–August 14, 2016 (8pm-11:30am)
  • Huey’s Southaven–August 21, 2016 (8pm-12am)

Yup, that’s right. We’re back! Come on down to Huey’s Southaven for an awesome time of burgers and jams by yours truly. Fun for the whole family!

 

XOXO,

Merit

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Tracks of Art and New Content!

Howdy, Y’all!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog update. Fortunately, I’ve got some seriously cool things happening and want to share with you!

Tracks of Art

A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to play at the Holly Springs Depot for “Tracks of Art.” Dozens of local artists exhibited their works and created a wonderfully supportive environment with their generosity and encouragement to everyone around. I walked away from the gig energized by this creative group to dream bigger, work harder, and help more in community. #blesssed

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Then my original “Fool’s Romance” was featured in the Holly Springs Depot promotional video! I am so happy that Megan Wolfe allowed me to collaborate by providing my original songs to her awesome photo slideshow.  She is an amazing photographer and supporter of the arts. Click here to visit Megan’s site.

Watch it here:

The Tracks of Art from Megan Wolfe on Vimeo.

 

XOXO,

Merit

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RTT, Congressional Award, and New Social Media!

Hey y’all!

It’s a beautiful day in Byhalia. I had a pretty busy week with Merit Koch and Co. Let’s recap the highlights!

Real Talk Tuesday (#RTT) made its second appearance on the channel, offering some insight into how to deal with changes and time. It’s not easy, but knowing you aren’t alone can help.

Youtube is my life. Whether I’m binge watching a web series or learning how to shine my cowgirl boots, Youtube is where I go for everything! So if you’re an avid Youtuber, let’s be friends. Click here to go to my user page and subscribe today!

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My own Bronze and Silver Congressional medals.

This weekend I had the unbelievable opportunity to perform the National Anthem for the Congressional Awards in Jackson, MS. The Congressional Awards program is the only civilian award given by Congress to commend youth for public service and personal development goals. Teens complete over 400 hours of community volunteer work as well as countless hours achieving goals in fitness, expedition, and personal improvement.

This program means so much to me particularly since I’m a bronze, silver, and gold medal recipient. I know how much work it takes to achieve those awards. I am in awe of anyone who does so much for their communities as well as their own personal development. For more information or to join the program, visit here to their main website.

 

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To right, yours truly with Congressman Gregg Harper; To left me and my first boss lady mentor Dr. Linda Mitchell, Vice Chair of the Congressional Award Board of Directors.

This event was special to me since I saw so many of my young acting students take home the bronze, silver, and gold for setting goals and completing them. I also met Congressman Gregg Harper, which was admittedly pretty kickin’ for this Mississippi Girl.

While the country (and my state) may have so many problems,  it’s encouraging to see these young people tackle the task of improving their communities.

Finally, I am on Instagram as well as Facebook. Let’s be friends and have a good time on the interwebs.

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What you could see if we become Instagram buddies. Find me @Meritmoo

 

So that’s been my week! I’m now booking shows in the Memphis and North Mississippi areas for the summer. Got ideas for venues or would like to be part of Merit Koch and Company? Drop me a line at MeredithGkoch@gmail.com or post a comment below!

Until Next Time,

Merit

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April Updates!

Hey y’all!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new blog post. Now the spring season is in full bloom, it’s time to get moving and enjoy the beautiful weather with good friends, awesome food, and PLENTY of music.

First things first, it’s time to get social. Do you Facebook or Instagram? If so, let’s be friends. Click here to go to the Facebook and here to follow me on Instagram.

I’m also on Youtube! If you’re on there,too, then I’d love your help by subscribing to the channel. (click here to go subscribe on Youtube.) Here’s the latest #TBT video on my channel. Rockabilly, sunshine, and back porches…that’s what I’m all about.

Until Next Time,

Merit

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Live at McCrary’s Recap

Hey Y’all!
This past Saturday, I played my first one-woman show at McCrary’s Antiques in Byhalia. What a fun way to kick off my 2016 show schedule surrounded by friends, fans, and family in my hometown. We had a great turn out of all ages. Much thanks to everyone who made this night so special and came out to support me and the show. A special shoutout goes to Amy Burrow and her family and everyone at McCrary’s that allowed me to use their venue.

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As for the music, Mama Koch stepped in at the last minute to provide beautiful harmonies and even a xylophone solo or two (Check that out here). I felt apprehensive about doing an entire show that was just up to me (two hours of solo work is intimidating compared to sharing the bill with someone else). Playing and singing alongside my mom (my ultimate inspiration for a trail-blazing woman) was an amazing experience. Last Saturday night was one of the best nights of my life because it made me go out on uncharted waters as a solo artist.

Local talent Jesse Allen also played a few songs from his upcoming album, which comes out Feb 19th. Awesome stuff is happening in my home town, and I’m proud to be part of it!

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Merit and Mom performing a cover of “Rip Tide” during the LIVE AT McCRARY’S show.

In case you missed the show, here’s a few clips for you to check out!

 

Until Next Time,

Merit

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