Meghan Trainor Dishes All About That Bass, and So Much More

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On Wednesday, March 4 at 6:15 p.m. PT/9:15 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Meghan Trainor's concert from the House of Blues in Chicago. Tune in HERE to watch! 

Meghan Trainor is currently on vocal rest in preparation for her big Yahoo Live show Wednesday night, which will be streamed from Chicago's House of Blues. But that didn't stop her from fielding our questions, via email, from the road. Check out her answers, and learn all about that bass, how she's dealing with sudden fame, why she's not a one-hit wonder, and how she reacted when she found out L.A. Reid compared her to Motown royalty.

YAHOO MUSIC: You must be proud that "All About That Bass" has become a body-positive anthem. Have you heard from fans who've told you the song makes them feel better about themselves?

MEGHAN TRAINOR: Fans come up to me all the time and tell me how this song changed their lives.

"All About That Bass" also sparked a bit of controversy along racial lines. It seems kind of odd that a three-minute pop song can strike so many different nerves. What do you think about that controversy?

I think it was just so different from everything else on the radio. I think anything that has success people will pick at, so it was just another one of those successful songs for being different. So everyone had to say their opinion. I'm glad everyone gave their opinions. It just got everyone talking about the song.

Your album has other songs that are a bit provocative, but on the other hand, compared to artists like Nicki Minaj, you're pretty tame. What, for you, is too much information in a song? Are you concerned about crossing the line?

No, I write songs from my experiences and the fans have showed me love for being honest, so I am going to continue being myself.

There's a big doo-wop influence in your music. Where'd that come from?

My father is a very soulful man and loved to play me old-school music and I'm grateful I grew up on Motown and soul.

L.A. Reid told The New York Times you could have written "Stop! In the Name of Love" and said you're a "modern day Holland-Dozier-Holland." Those are some pretty huge compliments. How do you feel about that?

He has never said that to my face, so reading that made me feel pretty awesome! I love L.A. Reid. I remember watching him be a judge on The X Factor and thinking, "Wow, I hope he will hear my songs one day." So the fact that he said that makes me feel pretty accomplished and happy.

I know when you wrote "All About That Bass," you weren't sure if you'd be the one to sing it. Who had you hoped would initially record it?

I knew no one would cut it, because it was so specific and really only worked for myself as an artist. I just didn't know I would get the opportunity to sing it and get a record deal [with L.A. Reid's Epic Records]. 

Were you hesitant about making the move from songwriter to artist?

No, I think at some point every songwriter wishes they can sing their own songs. I know I always wanted to sing mine.

A lot of kids have gravitated to the song as well, but that's not really the audience you're aiming for. Is that a concern for you?

I write my music hoping that all ages will enjoy it, so that only makes me happier to see young kids can sing and dance and have fun at my shows.

Do you have concerns about being seen as a one-hit wonder? If so, what are you doing to change those perceptions?

No, as a confident songwriter, I have seen and proven that I have more than one song.

What's the biggest challenge you've faced with your newfound fame?

Realizing that everyone cares about everything and anything you do. I still wake up every day not believing that I'm "famous," but then I'll go online or try and go out to dinner with my brothers, and then it hits me.