Megan McKenna

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  • First and foremost a singer-songwriter, Megan’s journey to music has been slightly more unconventional than most. After starting her career as an English television personality, making appearances on Ex on the Beach (2015-2016), Celebrity Big Brother (2016) and The Only Way Is Essex (2016- 2017), plus stints on The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night (2018) & Celebs Go Dating (2019) all keeping her front and centre in the world of TV and maintaining a huge media presence.

    Megan left this all behind to pursue her deeper passion – music. Inspired by her deep-rooted love for all things country, the first step in Megan’s musical journey saw her travelling to Nashville to experience first-hand the music she’d always loved, documenting her travels for the public in a three-part ITV series “There’s Something About Megan”. This was the first time the public properly heard Megan’s unique, powerful voice. Her performances drew rave reviews and led to her releasing her debut country album “Story of Me” in 2018 with 2 singles hitting number one in the iTunes all genre charts.

    Megan’s story has come to be viewed as one of growth, determination, and evolution; fighting off stereotypes, overcoming all obstacles and refusing to be categorised into just one box as detailed in her Sunday Times bestselling book ‘Mouthy’. It was Megan’s fiery determination and willingness to stop at nothing to reach her dreams which saw her agree to join the group of contestants competing in The X Factor: Celebrity late in 2019. Megan was one of only two contestants in X Factor history to perform original songs, and week-by-week she took the nation by storm. Her unique vocals, always perfectly pitched yet full of emotion and her alluring stage presence, saw her sail through the competition with ease. She was crowned X Factor winner in the show finale. Then the pandemic hit and all live shows were cancelled for 18 months.

    Megan continued to write more music and took the opportunity to take part in Celebrity Masterchef 2021. Megan’s decision to feature on the show is part inspired by the fact she wanted to educate people about coeliac disease which she suffers from, plus she has a wheat allergy too, and so every dish she prepared on the show was gluten and wheat free. Megan sailed through to the final and after her appearance released her cookbook ‘Can You Make That Gluten Free?’. She subsequently appeared in the next series as a guest food critic and again on the festive special which she won.

    Showing her dedication to her country roots, Megan’s ‘one song a week’ project, has seen her release new music, every single Friday for six months. The released songs have amassed hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify and Megan’s landed number one in the country charts with virtually all of her new releases. Over the last few years, Megan has been building her live career, supporting the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Simply Red and performing on the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival and at Glastonbury Music festival too.