Who Is Meghan Linsey?
Meghan Linsey was just one of the many people who made a political statement on Sunday (Sept. 24) when she knelt on one knee after singing the National Anthem at the Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks game. But on Monday, many were asking: Who is Meghan Linsey?
You may recognize her as one half of the former country duo Steel Magnolia, or perhaps from her time on The Voice. Linsey and former fiance Joshua Scott Jones were launched into the spotlight after winning Can You Duet in 2009. They signed a deal with Big Machine Records shortly thereafter and achieved a Top 10 hit with their debut single, "Keep on Lovin' You," which was co-penned by country superstar Chris Stapleton, and landed the duo in the No. 4 slot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart that same year. Their self-titled debut EP achieved even greater success, earning a Top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart after its 2011 release. The album's following two singles, "Just by Being You (Halo and Wings)" and "Last Night Again" both cracked the Top 30.
Though the duo ultimately decided to officially part ways in 2014 following Jones' stint in rehab — they also ended their engagement — Linsey has actively been pursing a solo career, albeit in pop. She made her solo debut on a major platform when she competed on Season 8 of The Voice in 2015, earning the title of runner-up while on Blake Shelton's team. Her Voice success was followed by a six-song EP and the development of her beauty brand, Believer by Meghan Linsey.
Linsey made a statement alongside those fighting for equality and justice in the U.S. when she took a knee following her performance of the National Anthem. None of the players from either the Titans or Seahawks were present on the field during the anthem, acting as a form of protest against President Donald Trump, who attacked NFL players and members of the franchise for refusing to stand during the anthem.
Though she was "terrified" walking out onto the field, she knew she had to stand her ground. "I have always built this platform on empowerment and loving people — whatever color, whatever sexual orientation," Linsey explains to Yahoo. “You’re making a choice when you walk out there, however you handle it. If you don’t take a knee, it’s like: what do you stand for? For me, anything else wasn’t an option.”
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