Megan Trainor Shines

Girl power: Meghan Trainor thrills audience with catchy songs of empowerment

Girl power: Meghan Trainor thrills audience with songs of empowerment

Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor excites a crowd at her concerts. This photo at her Untouchable Tour is from the Live Nation website. Live Nation

The last time Meghan Trainor performed in Houston, she played at the relatively intimate House of Blues, where some referred to her as a "one hit wonder." What a difference a year-and-a-half makes.

On Saturday night Trainor performed a sold-out show at the mammoth Cynthia Woods Pavilion on her Untouchable Tour, where she thrilled the large audience with a string of hits.

Entering the outdoor arena, I admit that I felt a bit guilty. Having only known a couple of her popular songs (“All About That Bass” and “NO”), I figured I was going to be surrounded by her boisterous fans and, frankly, I didn’t have the highest expectations.

But boy was I wrong. At only 22 years old, Trainor gave an engaging, energetic performance that thrilled the audience of ecstatic young girls, twenty-somethings and mothers and fathers, proving why she has shot to stardom in such a short period of time.

Trainor opened the show with “Woman Up,” followed by hits, “Me Too” and “Lips Are Movin’.” Shortly after, everyone settled down while she sang “Mom” and “Dance Like Yo Daddy” —  two sentimental, heart-warming songs about her parents. As she sang, adorable footage played on the screen at the back of the stage showing sweet, black-and-white photos and videos with her mom and funny dancing clips of her dad.

Everyone then burst into screams as she launched into her biggest hit —  the catchy “All About That Bass." As I looked around the outdoor pavilion, I saw young girls singing along to every word with Trainor. She uses her lyrics to show young girls how important it is to love yourself, respect yourself, and to bring each other up. The song is empowering for girls and women of any age; many of her songs emphasize body acceptance and self-respect.

Trainor followed it up with “Friends,” another song that was accompanied by fun footage, displaying memories with her friends. She invited everyone to sing along as she FaceTimed her best friend while singing. After seeing Trainor perform the songs about her parents and friends, I really admired how she presented them as the most important and loved people in her life.

Trainor, who was named Best New Artist at this year's Grammys, then brought out her ukulele (another one of her many talents), strumming it while singing “Just a Friend,” to a swooning crowd. After a show-stopping performance of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” and “Champagne Problems” while wearing a stunning gown, Trainor surprised the crowd with a fabulous cover of Drake’s “One Dance.”

Throughout the show she revealed several touching moments, with contagious confidence and excitement that fueled the crowd. Trainor portrays a positive and powerful message for women of all ages. For a girl’s night out or a mother/daughter date, her Untouchable Tour is a must-go.