Saturday, June 9, 2012, 2:00pm
Pete Seeger Stage
Her warmth and lilting tunes lend themselves to a comforting and delicious listening experience.
Born in Washington, D.C. and having two parents in the Diplomatic Corps (embassy brat) Melanie literally "hit the road" at a very early age. Traveling throughout the world, Melanie learned to appreciate the various lifestyles and music with which she became familiar. The influences of her travels through Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Africa and France all blend together to give her music its pristine, yet haunting sound.
Melanie studied classical guitar under the conductor of the National Symphony of the Ivory Coast (Cotes D'Ivoire) and piano at the "Conservatoire de Musique" in Tangier, Morocco. While at Mills College in Oakland, California, she made a name for herself playing regularly at "The Freight & Salvage" (a coffeehouse in the round in Berkeley), the Starry Plough, LaVal's Subterranean Room on Northside in Berkeley, at the Mills College Concert Hall, Yoshi's, and finally, for the Reception of her graduation from Mills.
To strengthen her voice, Melanie studied Classical Italian Song (Opera singing) during her four years at Mills which have added to the allure of her music. In the past few years she has sat in with several well known artists including Livingston Taylor (in Berkeley and Monterrey) and won a Bay Area Singing Contest at 101.3 Radio Station through call in voting. This resulted in a gig doing back up for Rod Stewart at the Concord Pavillion in Concord, California.
Melanie is currently writing for her next CD, playing out at local venues including The Starry Plough, Freight & Salvage, Bread & Roses gigs, and swimming every day.