We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Tibbits and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson that my music career has taught me is that my identity does not, and cannot be rooted in what I do. My identity must be found in who I am and who I was made to be. I have learned that what I have to offer when I walk in a room is not the fact that I can sing, or that I am a musician, but what I have to offer is who I am. I’ve learned that my career isn’t as fulfilling or successful as it could be if I don’t ground myself in the fact that I am here on purpose, with a purpose – apart from what I do. And when what I do flows gracefully and powerfully out of that place of identity, my career is far more fulfilling and successful than I could have ever imagined.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My mission with my art is to encourage people see themselves with honesty and grace, to help illuminate what is holding them back, and give them courage to step into the next best version of themselves. By writing songs honestly, I hope that others will be honest with themselves and find the freedom they didn’t know that they needed.

I grew up in a very musical family – in fact I grew up in a family band. My parents quit their jobs, we bought a motorhome, threw a bunch of crazy instruments in the back, and went on the road.
I started singing on stage with the family band when I was four. Music was in my blood.
I went to college to be a music teacher, with absolutely no thought of pursuing artistry. But it found me, and called to me, and I followed the call.

The road has not been easy.
It’s been full of tears, joys, disappointments, wins, and crazy adventures. But I just kept going. Along the way I’ve learned that comparing myself to others is like breathing air – it happens without me even thinking about it, so I have to constantly fight to remain peaceful in my own journey. And gratefulness is the key. A lens of gratefulness tints everything more beautifully, and there is always so much to be grateful for.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Start out the first morning with Republic of Pie – a magical coffeeshop in North Hollywood, and then head over to Malibu beach for the day. Next day, get a nice brunch at Aroma Cafe, and head to south Glendale to this adorable strip of boutique stores near the corner of Glendale Blvd & Glenhurst Ave.
Next morning, hike Runyon, and head over to the Griffith Observatory, cuz…classic! Grab a drink in Los Feliz afterwards.
Ride bikes from Venice beach to Santa Monica and get ice cream wherever ice cream is found. (Maybe a Jenny’s or Salt & Straw – or Yogurtland is always a win) Then cruise around Venice into the little stores and find an inevitable cutie restaurant for dinner with outdoor seating.
Final day – grab some friends, get a massage at Foot Inspiration in Sherman oaks, walk around some bougie second hand stores on Ventura Blvd, go laser tagging, and have a cool dinner and drinks at a restaurant called Public School. Hit a movie if there’s time.
By now you’ve had the time of your life and run out of money.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom – who poured out her musical passion & genius, and made me fall in love with music.
My Dad – who sat in the big blue chair by the fireplace and listened to me play my original songs (good or bad) for hours upon hours. And when I’d finish, he’d request another.
A friend named Brant Wilson – who was one of the first people to make me believe that there was something special about my voice and musicianship. That maybe this was something I could go after. He was the first one to record one of my original songs, and he was the one playing guitar for me when I made one of my most epic fails on stage.
And my pastor Julian Lowe – who has been a catalyst on my journey of finding my identity apart from music – which has changed everything.

Website: www.megantibbits.com

Instagram: @megantibbits

Twitter: @megan_tibbits

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Image Credits
Oasis LA, Sarah Jane Photography, ABC, FOX

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