We first met Michael Jackson Montgomery a year ago, when drama erupting between country star Billy Ray Cyrus and his teen idol daughter Miley derailed Montogomery’s planned pop country career. Montgomery, and his own teen idol daughter “Natalie” (just one name) were part of an expansive media franchise that was planning to take the daddy daughter duo concept and launch parallel music careers in pop and country, a Television series, merchandise lines, and many other projects as part of a Music Row “mega franchise”.
After Michael Jackson Montgomery was dropped from his PROMINENT, WELL-KNOWN NASHVILLE LABEL, he turned to Saving Country Music to tell his story and also released a demo of one of the planned pop country songs, “My Baby’s Gonna Dance”. Then in late April 2011, Montgomery leaked another one of his demos “The Letter ‘B'” to help illustrate the use of the “laundry list” songwriting formula.
Since then Michael Jackson Montgomery has been a frequent reader of Saving Country Music, and after reading a comment I made in an article about how certain American “megachurches” are putting just as much of a strain on local rural communities as megastores like Wal-Mart, how they are vanquishing the small, rural churches and the rich communities surrounding them, he decided to send me another demo that directly touches on this issue.
“The ‘Michael Jackson Montgomery & Natalie’ mega franchise was meant to appeal to all the major American demographics, and the megachurch followers are huge pop country fans,” Montgomery explains. “So they wrote this song “I Met Her at the Megachurch” to appeal to the folks that are a part of these huge churches, that sometimes are so big they’re like small cities, with Starbucks and food courts and little amusement parks for kids all encompassed in the church.”
You can listen to “I Met Her at the Megachurch” below, and read the lyrics below that. This is just a demo, a rough sketch of what the PROMINENT, WELL-KNOWN NASHVILLE LABEL was planning to take into the studio, but Michael Jackson Montgomery hinted to me in conversation that he might actually be heading into the studio sometime soon to record the songs meant for the debut album, so stay tuned.
Well I could see her beauty, from 100 yards away
Right before the preacher came on the Jumbo Tron and he told us all to bow our heads and pray
Well my frosted tips were shining, and my “Tap Out” shirt was tight
And with Axe body spray gleaming on my crotch I knew she’d be with me tonight.
I met her at the megachurch, and then I made her my wife
Now were 30 grand in debt, working shitty jobs
Buying our way to heaven like rich suburban snobs
I met her at the mega church, we’ll have a mega-life
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I caught up with her in the West Wing, she was standing in the Starbucks line
I offered to pay for her double shot espresso, and she got a cute look and started to pine
We took a stroll out on the north lawn, where they’re demolishing an old Baptist church
To make room for the new fellowship water park, and a fishing pond full of perch.
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Well we cling to corporate culture ’cause we don’t want to be weird
And I’ll be damed if marriage is something for queers
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Well we broke our chastity vows on the third date
And now her per-marriage period is 3 weeks late.