Orange country native, Megan Bennett (aka. Starla Starshine), showed musical prowess long before she could legally drive. Described as a modern day hippy with a rebellious spirit, she's taken all of that and poured into her music. Penning her first song at the young age of 13, Her first single took off in the U.S., England and Japan. In addition to music, she is a children's mental health awareness and epilepsy advocate. Currently, she has a new single, "Only Love", a musical reminder that one is never alone and has been described as the new "'Give Peace A Chance' for the millennial generation
What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music? My earliest memory of music was when I was five. I was always daydreaming about what I would be wearing on stage and directing myself in my head. I would be my own stylist and I would fantasize about every last detail. I remember waking up every Saturday morning to my Dad playing Beatles and Beach Boys records. My heart belongs in the 60s to this day. What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music? The first song I ever wrote was at 13. It is called Runaway. And I actually based it off my real life cousin who was fleeing from an abusive relationship. That song will always mean so much to me. It is still a song I play and I feel absolutely overcome with happiness and nostalgia. It was also my favorite one to play live at 15-19.
John Lennon is my life long muse. He is the reason I wanted to song-write. He is the person that drove me to want to be an artist that speaks of love and activism. No point in writing a song unless it’s going to move someone in need. Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer? I consider myself first and most importantly a poet. Words penetrate my soul. They are the most important thing to me. I believe they always have been in every lifetime. Words have been my greatest love and my greatest struggle. They can either kill a person or they can resurrect them. My lifelong dream is to be a songwriter and to change the lives of people. Just as my poet idols did for me. I believe I am singing poetry with moving messages. I can play rhythm guitar ok. I only ever used it when I needed to on stage to accompany my lead guitarist. I think I’m the girl Gene Clark of The Bryds. Talking about the agony of not being with the one you love. With such poetic and eternal longing. The moment he left Earth on May 24th 1991 I came to Earth. I think I’m still singing his messages for my generation. I may not be able to play like most musicians, but I can write a song that some of the greatest players I’ve ever known envy. My voice and my lyrics are my gift. I have worked with the most talented musicians throughout the years. My producer Raz is absolutely phenomenal. He produced and helped me arrange my entire new EP Red Lagoon. What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)? My favorite part of being an artist is being in the same artistic filed as all of my greatest inspirations. Not many people get to be what they wanted to be when they were little when they grow up. I feel so painfully blessed. I got to grow up and be the person tiny 5 year old me dreamed of. I don’t think much else in life tops that. Being an artist is hard and it comes with high and lows and lots of existential moments of wanting to throw it all away. But lucky for me a little bird in my heart keeps on singing. And who would I be to break her heart and to silence her ? Just to choose the road much more traveled by. My songs are prophecies. The things I write about come true. Extremely specific things have come to be my life just a couple months after the song was recorded. I am thankful for my gift.
Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music? My advice for young girls pursuing music is to always have your mom or dad or older brother or absolutely trusted guardian present. You need to be protected at all costs. Don’t try and fit in with the crowd. I have been around Rock N Rollers drinking and doing drugs and I have never once tried either. It isn’t a safe world for us girls. So my advice is to always be 100 percent aware of your surroundings. Even if you feel like you aren’t good enough or if your message isn’t special enough, I promise it is. For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with? I’d suggest my two favorite songs on my EP. They represent Starla as a human and artist best. The songs are called "Red Lagoon" and "Lover Man".
What do you feel your strengths are as an artist? My ability to write a song that has the best of the old school feel that I love with modern production. So it is never outdated and totally relevant in today’s time.
Tell us where fans can access your music. Fans can hear my music now on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music. My name is on every site as Starla Starshine. Or email me at email@example.com for all updates on my music and merch. Love + Light -Starla, the girl who fell from the stars. Here to heal humanity with an eternal song.
For more information on Starla Starshine, please visit her website.