Hey, I’m Merritt. I’m twenty years old, and I’ve been writing songs since I was fourteen. My songs are like diary entries, capturing feelings and moments in time. Which is ironic because I’ve never been able to keep an actual journal.
I write songs because I have to. It’s how I understand myself. When I don’t know what to do or feel, I write a song. I write about everything: friends, boys, hopes, worries, uncertainties, and love. Especially love.
More about me:
I’m in school at the University of Virginia, where I am studying history and public policy.
I believe in women’s empowerment, girls supporting girls, and promoting women’s safety.
I trust my friends when it comes to relationships. So far, they haven’t been wrong. I, on the other hand, have definitely been wrong. Trust your friends.
I’m an introspective extrovert. I’ll be at a party talking to people but start overthinking my feelings and relationships. Which isn’t great for a Friday night out. But it’s perfect for songwriting when I get home.
I am obsessed with making monthly Spotify playlists. I can relive any period of time by looking up an old playlist.
When I was in middle school, I desperately wanted to be 5’11’’ like Taylor Swift. Mission accomplished.
I have sooooo much new music I can’t wait to share.
I hope that listening to my songs is like talking with a friend. People are more similar than they are different, and music reminds us of that.
George Bernard Shaw is often credited with the assertion that “youth is wasted on the young.” Merritt Gibson challenges this notion wholeheartedly and out loud.
When she found herself in a new school, in a new state, with new friends and relationships, she seized the opportunity to examine her life. This led to questions of identity, purpose, relationships and the future: the same questions every teenager faces. Songwriting was how she answered them.
Gibson recorded her debut Eyes On Us over the summer between her junior and senior year of high school with producer Mitch Dane at Sputnik Sound in Nashville. Gibson's original songs are brought to life by her confident and engaging vocal performance and genre-blending production.
“When You Were Mine” introduces the set of self-penned material with a charging anthem to a love that seems sweeter now that it’s gone. "Eyes On Us" follows with an upbeat vision of the excitement, frustration and uncertainty of an entrancing new relationship.
The set continues with tales of late night confidences ("Truth and Myth") and rollicking good times, sisterhood and freedom ("My Best Friends"), followed by a ballad of resisting, and then succumbing to, the pull of things long gone ("Memories") and a candy-coated look at living and learning about young love ("Lovesick").
The set then takes a deeper turn with the use of a dark metaphor for a crumbling relationship (“Cold War II"), a punchy put-down of betrayal and revenge (“I Heard”), a lonely and hypnotic cry of abandonment and need ("Ghost Town"), a feverish tale of obsession and rejection ("Burning Red Hot"), and a distant call in the night of plaintive, insistent, complex love ("Area Code"). The album closes with a lovely, lilting memory of a beautiful moment suspended in time ("Faraway").
Gibson is a musical and lyrical thinker, as well as a fun-loving, upbeat girl-next-door. Both innocent and vulnerable, witty and wise, her songs touch the specifics of time, place and experience while retaining their relatable and universal nature. Eyes On Us presents Gibson’s rich and wide-ranging take on life as a teenage girl in the 21st century.
"A youthful zest froths out of a sophisticated substance to mark an album that successfully courts the intended desire of serious subjective approval."- Three Chords and the Truth
"I'M A SUCKER FOR A GOOD HOOK, AND THESE NUMBERS ARE LOADED WITH THEM.... I'M FILING THIS ONE UNDER 'GUILTY PLEASURES'"- JEFF BURGER, NO DEPRESSION
"INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER MERRITT GIBSON HAS RELEASED HER DEBUT ALBUM, EYES ON US, AND IT IS SOMETHING TO BEHOLD. GET READY TO HAVE ALL PLEASURE CYLINDERS FIRING AT ONCE."- GO SEE LIVE MUSIC
"PERFECT POP SONGS THAT YOU WILL NOT FORGET.... DREAM DEBUT." -DE KRENTEN UIT DE POP (DUTCH)