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Byron Bay Bluesfest

Melody Angel

 

She may be at the bottom of this announcement, but Melody Angel is destined to be at the top in the near future. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, she began playing guitar at the age of thirteen. Even though her mother was barely getting by raising two children alone, she found a way to introduce Melody to her first Fender Stratocaster by buying the guitar out of a window of a pawn shop. This investment has been rewarded as Melody now plays regularly at Buddy Guy’s nightclub Legends, which is considered a stamp of approval by the great himself.

She has been inspired by an array of artists such as, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, SRV, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Santana, and Jeff Buckley. Melody explains: “Nina Simone said something in the 60s that resonated with me so much that it changed the course of my life forever. She showed me that singing my truth could help free and inspire my people. One voice could change the world. Nina Simone said, " I chose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty". Growing up in Chicago is really hard on a young black kid. I had to deal with so much injustice and flat out racism, that I thought that was all the world would ever show me. Music saved me from that hopeless reality, and took me all over the world! The truth of my history, and my present circumstance empowers me to walk this earth with my head held high, because I know survival is in my blood. Knowledge is my power and I want to feed that knowledge to my community, the only way I know how, and that's with a microphone at my lips and a Fender Strat in my hand.”

In her single ‘In This America’ which is dedicated to “all the mothers that have lost their black sons unjustly” she sings “How do I know it’s safe to have a son in this America?” and it is impossible not to be moved by her powerful words and heartbreaking delivery. Melody Angel is an important voice and one that deserves to be heard around the world.

“Besides her playing, what makes Angel such a powerful performer, is her strongly impassioned vocals. We can’t wait to see her continue to grow. What a future she has! If you get a chance to catch Ms. Angel live, do it!” - American Blues Scene

"Here is a lady with immense talent whose career is in the ascendency and rightly so. Her lyrical abilities to be able to put such articulate social messages into a musical format, as she does throughout this release, and then raise the heat even more with her diverse vocal style, shows the sign of an artist with abundant talent." - Blues & Rhythm UK

“The final song of the evening, a cover of The Animals “House of the Rising Sun,” highlighted both her voice and guitar playing. Melody is a talented artist committed to her craft and who just nailed an amazing set.” - National Rock Review


 

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