Folk \ Pop \ Rock
Imagine a team of scientists spliced the DNA of Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlisle and created a dramatic fiery haired chanteuse who could make you laugh and cry all in the same song. That would be Melanie O’Brien.
The St. John’s singer, songwriter and theatre performer trained at Sheridan College in Ontario where she became a triple threat and also began songwriting. In just her second year at the school Melanie was awarded the Prime time radio scholarship for outstanding achievement in commercial performance for her original material.
After graduating with Honours, Melanie returned home to St. John’s and quickly cemented herself in the local music and theatre scenes regularly performing in musical theatre productions (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Alice and Wonderland, Our Divas Do Christmas) and performing club gigs both solo and as part of her duo band, The Duds with Philip Goodridge. In 2009 Melanie opened her own vocal coaching company and has taught such performers as Rachel Cousins, Andrew Pike, Julianne Meaney, Ally Noseworthy and more! In 2015 she was awarded the Artist Development grant from MusicNL to record her debut album of original music. Melanie released her first record; “Shining in the Blue” (produced by award-winning musician and producer Ian Foster) in November 2016. Her music has since been featured on several CBC Radio programs, K-Rock, VOCM and NTV with articles in The Overcast, The Telegram, The Newfoundland Herald, Sea and be Scene and more.
Melanie also garnered three MusicNL nominations in 2017: Female Artist of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and Music Educator or the Year. Melanie took home the Music Educator award and was also selected to showcase her music at The Rockhouse as part of MusicNL Week 2017. Melanie is currently performing solo and as one half of the stylized duo “The Duds.”. She is very excited to be writing new material and has already begun pre-production for her second album.