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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF M'CHEL BAUXAL-GLEASON - Meghan Trainor and her band belted out tunes during her Feb. 13 concert at Portland's Wonder Ballroom.On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Meghan Trainor’s sold out concert at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom was the perfect sweet morsel to kick off festivities.


If anyone’s having a sugar-coated year, it’s this girl.

The “All About That Bass” singer recently earned two Grammy nominations — for record of the year and song of the year — and “Bass” enjoyed eight consecutive weeks at the No. 1 slot of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Trainor’s latest single, “Lips are Movin” peaked at No. 4. This month, she’s Seventeen magazine’s cover girl.

A year ago this month, Trainor was signed to Epic Records after performing “All About That Bass” on a ukulele for label chairman L.A. Reid. Portland’s Feb. 13 performance brought her infectious pop, doo-wop, blue-eyed soul to the stage for her second tour stop on the worldwide That Bass Tour.

The crowd — parents, elementary school kids and young couples — swayed to catchy tunes off the 21-year-old’s new album “Title,” filled with self-empowerment and modern womanhood themes.

Trainor’s concert was an introduction to live music for many attendees. “It’s his first concert. I really want him to have the experience,” one woman said of her young son.

CONCERT SET LIST: “Dear Future Husband,” “Mr. Almost,” “Credit,” “No Good For You,” “Title,” “Walkashame,” “Close Your Eyes,” “3am,” “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” “Bang Dem Sticks,” “Uptown Funk,” “My Selfish Heart,” “Lips are Movin,” “What If I” and “All About that Bass.”

And Trainor embraced the youthful energy. She even brought an 11-year-old fan on stage, put a light-up crown on her head and the two danced and practiced their “pageant waves.”

Trainor played to every member of the crowd — with her casual talk, eye contact and G-rated doo-wop dance moves. She seemed very attainable, like you could run into her after the show, give her a high-five and keep walking without awkwardness.

Fan M’chel Bauxal-Gleason said she enjoys Trainor’s “big band style with a modern flair twist.”

“It's so refreshing to hear these days. It partially reminds me of my late grandfather and my dad,” Bauxal-Gleason said. “In addition, her message about being beautiful at any size hits home with me personally as the reigning Mrs. Oregon Plus America. Representing women size 14-plus in the nation.”

Also entertaining was the HP-sponsored photobooth at the back of the ballroom where fans could dress up like Trainor and get photos super-imposed with her and printed in a take-home lanyard.

‘Your Megatrons love you’

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF M'CHEL BAUXAL-GLEASON - Singer Meghan Trainor signed autographs for fans after her Friday night show in Portland.The concert seemed a celebration of being creative — and being yourself — with Trainor as the coach. And Trainor’s been calling the shots for years, but behind the scenes. Before her big break, Trainor’s penned songs for groups such as Rascal Flatts.

But in Portland, belting out songs in the center of the stage surrounded by four singer/dancers, a Disney-esque Electric Light Parade light show in the background and adoring fans, coach Trainor owned the spotlight. Her confidence and like-ability was undeniable.

Halfway through the show Trainor spoke to the crowd: “Raise your hand if you’re beautiful.” Hesitantly, hands started going up. Mothers raised daughters hands. Girlfriends looked at boyfriends. Then Trainor said: “Raise your hand if you’re different.”

Trainor proves different is beautiful. Rockin’ a bedazzled ukulele and paying homage to Motown beats, Trainor only had one costume change — and only wore long-sleeve shirts.

In a music industry riddled with pop icons who often trade morals for more money — and clothes for Instagram likes — Trainor seems down-to-earth-likable. She’s having a heck of a year and she’s playing this game her way.

Towards the end of the show Trainor held up a bracelet she was wearing, made by a fan.

“It says, ‘your Megatrons love you so much,’” Trainor said of her nickname. “That’s everything.”

Nicole DeCosta is a multimedia journalist and host of the show “PDX Stop and Chat.” Learn more at >www.NicoleDeCosta.com. She is formerly an associate editor of the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers.

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