Tyler Meacham decides to stick around for a change on her romantic new single and video No Running Away — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“No Running Away is a song about the struggle with vulnerability and trust I felt while falling in love with someone,” the Richmond, Virginia singer-songwriter reveals. “It’s a story about anxiety and overcoming past heartbreaks cleverly disguised as an upbeat, synthy pop song.”
The song is indeed upbeat, with an earworm hook, head-bopping groove, and a fist-pumping chorus that will make you want to dance or sing along in your car. It was inspired by some of Meacham’s favourite artists and producers, including Sara Bareilles, Jack Antonoff and Ryan Tedder.
It’s a highlight of her album Into The Fray — a title Meacham pulled from the song’s chorus. “The phrase ‘into the fray’ usually has to do with entering into some sort of conflict,” she says. “Love requires vulnerability, self-examination, and hard work. In some ways doing that work can feel like being at war with yourself, and I think that’s a major thread throughout the album.”
Into The Fray was written, produced, and recorded almost entirely in Meacham’s home studio just prior to the pandemic. The 10-song album explores love, vulnerability, self-awareness, and self-worth. “I was writing a lot of these songs during a time of grief and trying to remind myself of my reasons for waking up every day,” Meacham shares. “I kept coming back to the idea that the people I love matter the most to me and taking up the work required to love them best is my reason for being.”
Prior to dedicating herself to music, Meacham was climbing the glorified ladder of success. Despite being able to secure her so-called ‘dream job,’ she found herself unhappy. So she ditched the corporate world, moved back to her home town and immersed herself in the open-mic scene — which is where she met her bandmates. The result was her 2019 debut EP Property, followed by Into The Fray.