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Ex-Steel Mag singer raises $ for EP

Thursday, May 15, 2014 – Meghan Linsey, previously of award-winning country duo Steel Magnolia, officially launched her solo career with a fundraising campaign for an EP.

Through her PledgeMusic Campaign, she is asking fans to fund her recording in Nashville, while getting items including an autographed limited edition Hatch Show Print, a mani or pedi with Linsey, a personalized song written by Linsey and a private house show, in exchange. The house gig is going for $5,000.

Linsey made her pitch to fans in a humorous video/A> encouraging them to contribute so she can keep her "day job" and not have to resort to less appealing options such as selling Girl Scout cookies, setting up a road-side lemonade stand, selling her car or begging for money from everyone from her father to Bill Gates.

"I am so excited about this new direction in my career and going solo," said Linsey. "And the support I've been getting from Steel Magnolia fans has been really great. I'm excited that they are coming with me on this journey. Their support of my PledgeMusic campaign, their encouraging posts and comments, their excitement about my new music has been just fantastic. I have amazing fans."

E! News will broadcast a segment Linsey recently recorded while on tour in Los Angeles recently. During the segment, Linsey talks about the transition in her career path and her PledgeMusic campaign.

"When E! News wanted to sit down and talk with me about my new solo career I jumped at the opportunity because it's a great way to get the word out about my PledgeMusic Campaign. E! has always been a great supporter of Steel Magnolia and the fact that they are continuing to support me and this transition is really cool. I just love E!."

Linsey launched her solo career this year with the single "Counting Stars," a cover of the OneRepublic song. Linsey was previously half of the soulful, country duo Steel Magnolia, which won the television talent show "Can You Duet" in 2009. Their first single, "Keep On Loving You" landed at four and was the highest charting debut single from a male/female duo in country music history. Linsey's partner was Joshua Scott Jones, who also was her fiancé. They are no longer a couple. Steel Magnolia released one EP and one full-length disc.

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