KEENE, N.H. -- Liv Margaret surprised even herself.
She didn't think she would produce her first CD until she was old -- like in her 20s or something.
But the 17-year-old Chesterfield resident was ahead of schedule and released her self-titled debut album on Tuesday, May 14. She will take the momentum to Fireworks restaurant this Sunday, when she is slated to perform at a CD release party from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The CD was produced by Oklahoma-based Tate Music Group, which signed the young singer two years ago.
Liv Margaret, a stage name, said she will have back-up singers and a band performing with her and there will be various styles of music. She describes her own style as vintage pop.
"Hopefully, the genres will appeal to everybody," she told the Reformer. "We've got rock, we've got country. ... I want to be a crowd-pleaser."
The junior at Keene High School is no stranger to having an audience and has been singing almost as long as she can remember. She started at Grace Community Evangelical Free Church in Spofford when she was about 8 years old and began writing her own songs at age 10. She also sang at coffeehouses and turned professional about six years ago.
One of the first songs she wrote was "I'm In Love," which is the third track on the debut album, as is "Never Forgotten," which she said is about two people ending their relationship while hoping they have had meaning in one another's lives.
Margaret, who plays piano and guitar, said she is a musician to the bone and writes what she feels.
"I feel just the emotions and I sit down and just play and it kind of comes out in that way," she said Wednesday.
Her family realized singing could be much more than a hobby for her a few years ago on Putney Road. They were enjoying some ice cream at Fast Eddie's and walked across the street to the Auto Mall car dealership, where there was a live karaoke contest. Margaret's father signed her up (against her will) and she sang Fergie's version of "Big Girls Don't Cry." According to the family, Margaret was a hit and was immediately handed the award money.
She said she remains grounded and most people at her high school don't know about her career.
"I don't want to go to school and be like, ‘Guess what?'" she said. "I kind of keep it under the radar."
After Sunday, Margaret has plenty of other performances scheduled -- including gigs at Camp Spofford and Atlantic City, N.J.
She enters her senior year this fall and she knows there will be a lot of decisions to make regarding her future. She is now weighing the options of attending college, pursuing her career, going on tour, or attempting a hybrid of the three.
"This is the beginning," she said. "I want to go even higher. I want to go even further."
She said once she starts accumulating some CD sales she would like to donate money to the Wounded Warrior Project and other similar organizations.
Liv Margaret's music can be found in stores, on iTunes and on YouTube.
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