Meghan Trainor became a near-overnight sensation last year with her hit "All About That Bass", a song that has spawned several covers and earned her two Grammy nominations. More important than the accolades, perhaps, is the fact that her body-positive lyrics have helped so many girls learn to love their shape, and Trainor says she has her dad to thank for that.
Meghan says that even though the lyrics read "My mama she told me don't worry about your size, She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night", it was actually her dad who gave her the advice about what guys really like.
"My mom told me to always not worry about your size and be very confident. But I think that [my dad] was the one who really said, 'Don't worry, baby — boys like booty to hold at night.' My mom's too sweet, she's too innocent," Meghan Trainor said.
Trainor said recently to Top Of The Pops that she doesn't go out a lot, so it's difficult for her to meet guys, but her advice for finding love is pretty simple.
"Go out with your mates when they ask you too. I stay home a lot, but if I went out, I'd meet more boys. Love yourself more. Be positive. Take risks," she said.
Meghan Trainor's message hasn't escaped the notice of radio hosts, who realize she's about more than just a sick beat.
“She tapped into the surface of how girls sometimes don’t feel comfortable in their own bodies. And she’s like, ‘Hey, I am no size two. I am a normal girl. We are all normal girls. And the country is made up of a lot of normal girls. It’s a testament to if you work hard, you make something good, you stand by it, it can work for you. And I think a lot of people like that story," said AMP Radio's Chris Booker.
The singer has been doing her thing for years now, despite her young age; at Nauset High School, she sang and played several instruments in the jazz band and impressed her teachers, not only with her knowledge of music, but with her ability to make a song her own.
“She picked up the ukulele and played the guitar throughout high school. She did all of the lead tracks, and the back tracks, the drum tracks, and the background vocals – the whole thing. She produced the song from beginning to end. She was the singer in our jazz band, one of the singers. She had this ability to make the song evolve and make it her own, which is something that I really admired in her," band leader Tom Faris told CBS.