Cooper is clearly knowledgeable about, and mindful of, the traditions and heritage of American and Australian country music. While her lyrics seem personal - and contemporary - Cooper wouldn't sound out of place sharing a stage with Patsy Cline or, indeed, fronting a big band. Her precise soprano voice suggests professional training, and it is sweet at the same time. She is also a very handy whistler ...
Cooper's voice perfectly suits her songs, which often draw on old-time country music but could not be classified as 'old-timey'. 'Texas' is a modern torch song; 'Loser's Game' is a lover's lament on the lonesome trail; 'Jailsong' and 'Floodsong' have simple titles but rich stories to tell.
Ghosts, Choirs & Kings is an eclectic collecton of twelve original songs and one cover ('All Through the Night') which reminds me not only why Australian country music has such strength as a genre and a collective of artists, but also why I became a fan of it in the first place: because it makes me happy, just as this album does.
Ghosts, Choirs & Kings is out now.
You can find Megan on Facebook at /megancoopermusic and on Twitter @twanglassy.