Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor recently highlighted her deep love for soca during a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon, who had Trainor on as a guest on The Tonight Show, first inquired about her musical origins, and she discussed growing up listening to soca. Fallon then surprised her with footage of her 13-year-old self performing with her band, Island Fusion.
Later in the segment, the two played Musical Genre Challenge, where players have to sing a randomly selected song that is played in a random genre. Meghan Trainor transforms Selena Gomez’s hit “Lose You to Love Me” into an EDM remix, she was “randomly” selected to sing Harry Styles’ Adore You to a soca beat. Check out her rendition here:
In previous interviews, Trainor has said she was inspired and encouraged by her uncle, Trinbago-born soca artiste Burton Toney, who is married to her aunt. Toney previously sang as a lead vocalist along with Destra Garcia and the band Atlantik before migrating to the US.
According to Trainor, his work inspired her and fueled her own love for soca. In fact, she has said that her first hit single, All About That Bass is a soca track.
“Ever since I was 7, I grew up listening to soca, the genre that’s from there. It’s my favourite sound. So, we put a band together and we would play soca … and then I would go up and play my little pop songs.”
She has also shared her desire to work with Kes The Band lead vocalist Kees Dieffenthaller, describing him as a huge talent.