When our family moved to our house in 1999, we were greeted by a great neighborhood, including the Foy family.
We got to know them as Erin and Tom’s oldest daughter Kelly battled cancer. She became a bit of a celebrity as residents marveled at her brave battle with the disease.
The turning point in her overcoming the odds and beating cancer was a bone marrow transplant from her younger sister Meghan.
It is now Meghan’s turn to be a celebrity.
The 16-year-old Berlin High School junior recently recorded two songs in Nashville and both of them are available for purchase on I-tunes. We have seen her grow up and had no idea she was a budding country music star.
Meghan’s journey began when she was 13 and attended an actor’s convention in New York City with her mom.
“When we were there we met some people who introduced us to some other people who introduced us to the people who sent us to Nashville to write and record,” said Meghan, a member of the BHS chorus, Madrigal and Jazz Choirs and who also plays clarinet in the band. “I worked with some songwriters and collaborated with them and was able to record the two songs. Now I have a publicist, who will arrange interviews for me and I will perform live basically anywhere they want me to so I can get the music out there.”
Meghan remembers a seminal moment in her life that made her want to work on stage.
“I was in second grade and my mom took me to see Kelly Clarkson in concert at Mohegan Sun,” she said. “I just wanted to be her. She is such a great singer. I like a lot of artists like Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Zach Brown Band. I try to incorporate all of them into my singing.”
Her friends often ask her why she doesn’t try out for ‘American Idol’ or ‘X Factor?’
“I get that all the time from my friends,” she said with a chuckle. “I guess I would just like to make it up the ladder of the music industry the real way and not the manufactured way like they are on those shows. My big dream is to get signed to a record deal and to keep making music for my career. It is really helpful to see other young artists who are successful because I see them and think if they can make it, I can make it too.”
One of the songs Foy recorded is titled “Your Sister.” If you know the back-story it is a bit of a tearjerker.
“My family has been really supportive,” Meghan said. “When I went to Nashville, my mom came with me but my sister and dad called me every night to see how I was doing.
“I don’t remember too much about my sister going through the cancer but I remember donating my bone marrow. It meant so much for me to just to be there with her while she was going through it.”
Foy has a brand new website up and running, www.meghanfoy.com. To populate the site with photos, Foy went to Indiana for a photo shoot.
“It was like every girl’s dream,” she said. “They did my hair and make-up and picked out really pretty clothes. It was amazing.”
Besides her family, Foy said Berlin High School choral director Robert Kelly has been a great advocate.
“The kids in school, especially my close friends have been so supportive,” Foy said. “Mr. Kelly has not only been a support system but he sent out an e-mail to all of the teachers and administrators in the school to let them know the website was up and the songs were available on I-tunes. Mr. Kelly has always been there for me throughout my high school career.”
Foy said she has not given herself a timeline to make it big but is looking forward to the future.
“I don’t have a timeline because I’m willing to persevere for as long as it takes to be successful in the music business,” she said. “I have just started to look at colleges a little bit. I think I would love to go to school in or around Nashville just because I think it will be easier to pursue my career there.”