Photographer: John Rao
Imagine a team of scientists spliced the DNA of Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile 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 studied performance and honed her dramatic smoky voice 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.
After graduating with Honours, Melanie returned home to St. John’s and quickly cemented herself in the local music and theatre scenes performing gigs both solo and as part of her stylized duo group, The Duds (with Philip Goodridge). In 2015 Melanie 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) this past November. Her music is uplifting and haunting at the same time. Her voice is sweet yet edgy with an impressive range and rock element. Melanie recently garnered three MusicNL nominations, Female Artist of the Year, Rising Star Award and she took home the Music Educator of the Year award. Melanie is currently writing and developing music for her next album. Stay tuned!