Meg Hutchinson is a nationally touring songwriter, poet and recording artist on Red House Records.
She has released nine albums and won numerous songwriting awards in the US, Ireland and the UK, including recognition from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Billboard Song Contest and prestigious competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Telluride and Rocky Mountain.
She has been described as delivering “Music as powerful as it is gentle.” Performer Magazine writes, “With a poet’s eye, Hutchinson captures so beautifully that human journey toward peace, toward forgiveness, toward acceptance.”
In recent years, as a result of the messages in her songwriting and her dedication to mental health literacy, Meg has increasingly been asked to be a keynote speaker at universities, conferences and teaching hospitals around the country. She joined the Active Minds Speakers Bureau in 2014, working together to change the conversation about mental health at colleges nationwide.
Meg received her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology in 2018 and completed her interfaith chaplaincy residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Meg Receives the Johns Hopkins - Sally Province Mink Community Education Award
Meg was honored with the award while speaking at the 32nd Annual Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium. Sally Province Mink was the educational director of the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association at Johns Hopkins for twenty years, where she had a particular interest in adolescent depression and worked tirelessly to banish the stigma of mental illness among people of all ages. She was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others.
“Gatekeepers: A Songwriter and a Sergeant and the Questions that Save Lives”
Meg and “Gatekeeper” Kevin Briggs finally shared the stage at the Oaklawn Psychiatric Center’s “Power of Mindsets” conference.
In 2003 Meg read an article in The New Yorker featuring an interview with Kevin Briggs, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol. Briggs had saved hundreds of people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge by asking them a few simple questions. Hutchinson wrote a song called “Gatekeeper” based on those questions and dedicated it to Briggs. Ten years later, Briggs heard the song and wrote to Hutchinson. They formed a friendship based on their dedication to mental health literacy and their shared struggles. With a deep commitment to suicide prevention, they offer two powerful perspectives on the issues that matter most in saving lives.
Moods & Music: Meg performs with Kay Redfield Jamison
At the request of Kay Redfield Jamison, Meg has set a series of Robert Lowell poems to music. They have collaborated on several joint performances in Boston and Baltimore since the release of Jamison’s stunning book on Lowell’s life. Meg is currently setting seven additional poems to music that will be recorded this winter.