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Fashionably Loud


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It’s a good thing Megan Slankard’s albums are taking off, because the 22-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t going to make it as a fashion trendsetter. The Berkeley musician appeared last year on TLC’s What Not to Wear, and had her wardrobe completely revamped. When Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, cohosts of the reality makeover show, recently asked her to appear on the show again, the earthy songstress prepared for the worst.

“No one wants to be told they have bad style,” says Slankard, whose first appearance on TLC in 2004 spiked her CD sales to the tune of 14,000 sold. “I had to clean my house and get a haircut for the follow-up episode”

For Slankard, the fashion world can stay in the closet—her music comes first. Her passionate, girl-next-door songs (think Alanis Morissette and Lisa Loeb) have music execs calling. Slankard has two albums under her belt, is garnering radio play on KFOG, has toured Europe with David Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame), and will tour with him again next spring.

As successful as she is as a performing artist, it’s that TLC show that keeps rearing its head. “I’m not saying that I didn’t obey the [fashion] rules, but sometimes a girl wants to wear her Chuck Taylor sneakers,” says Slankard with a laugh.

Slankard performs at Napa’s Memorial Stadium on August 19. For information visit www.meganslankard.com .

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