Meryl Rudy is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter, musician, and producer, moving to Nashville this summer. At eight-years-old, Meryl began her musical journey by taking classical piano lessons alongside her father. Two years later, Meryl discovered her true passion. She picked up the guitar to write a song. She has now written over three hundred songs about everything from her family to random couples she sees on park benches to her best friends to The Office, etc. Some of her biggest influences are the Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Milk Carton Kids, Eminem, The Beatles, and Norah Jones. An eclectic mix, one might think; but to Meryl, a song is a song no matter the genre.
Meryl recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Songwriting. She has performed in venues across the country in her duo Two Birds, alongside her eight-piece band, and solo. She also opened for NPR’s Tiny Desk Top Shelf Judges Pick of 2019, The Collection (who also happens to be Meryl’s favorite band). Meryl is also putting together a sync library for film, television, and cues.
Outside of music, it should be known that Meryl is an avid Gin Rummy player. She is extremely competitive about this game and would not even let a beginner win. :)
In addition to creating music, Meryl is also passionate about music education, giving others a way to express themselves through music. While in high school, she taught beginning guitar to children and adults. She also has experience as a song leader— guiding and teaching prayers through music—at her hometown synagogue in the Chicago area and synagogues in Boston. Meryl even co-wrote a nationwide-known version of the Sh’ma prayer called “Sh’ma (You Shall Love)” with her friends, Sam and Zach Powers. This song is sung at Jewish summer camps and synagogues across the country.
During quarantine, Meryl began working with her friends to publish a board game called Risky Chicken. She composes music for the game's advertisements, helps to develop marketing strategies, and works with a team to oversee illustrations, promotions, and website design.
In the last two years, Meryl released the first part of a series of Featuring EPs, including her song, I'd Run to the Moon, with over 200,000 streams on Spotify. These EPs are collections of Meryl’s original music featuring different artists to highlight the various voices and genres for which Meryl loves to write. Not only did she “cast” (as Meryl likes to call it) the artists for the project, but also she produced and arranged the songs, recorded demos, organized rehearsals and recording sessions, and performed acoustic guitar on all of the songs. She released her second EP, Featuring 2, November 2020 and is currently recording her third EP in this series. Collaboration with other artists, musicians, and creators has always been an important part of Meryl's musical journey.