|Birth name||Melanie Ryan Edwards|
|Born||Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Singer-songwriter, pop, folk Jazz Fusion music, Indie,|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, composer, pianist, violinist, music therapy,|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Violin|
|Labels||Melanie Edwards Laboratories|
|Associated acts||The Posies, Alcoholic Faith Mission.|
Melanie Edwards is an award-winning American Singer-songwriter, pianist, vocalist, violinist,composer and therapeutic music practitioner. Her music is best described as a hybrid of pop, folk, singer/songwriter, and jazz. “Crammed with melodies and lush harmonies like fans Damien Rice, Tori Amos, will delight for, and echoing the brilliance of Alanis Morrisette and Adele, too.”Her music is driven by her strong vocals typically accompanied with Piano. She has traveled extensively performing both domestically and internationally including, France,Russia, Finland, Spain, Denmark, Thailand, Costa Rica, Peru, and Italy.
The majority of Melanie’s music career took place in Manhattan’s vibrant indie scene, playing in the same venues and times of now famous musicians such as Stefani Germanotta aka: Lada Gaga and Regina Spektor. She has recorded, produced and self- released 11 albums through Melanie Edwards Laboratories. Melanie Edwards Laboratories is a hybrid mix of her early education in nuclear science, bridging music and science; thus inspiring the title of her initial EP “Between the Binary”. Ernie Edwards has been with the company since its inception.
Early Life and Education
Melanie Edwards grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She started singing when she was three and at nine began classical training on the piano and violin with Suzuki method. By age 15, Edwards started songwriting and won her first talent competition with her original composition on violin. This win inspired her to begin singing and songwriting, professionally, as well as starting her company, which is currently serving its 23rd year. Edwards was a Morehead- Cain Scholar Nominee at The University of North Carolina. She graduated from UNC with a bachelor’s degree in Performance Studies and Journalism. Melanie is also fluent in Spanish with a large Spanish speaking fan base, as she obtained a bachelor’s degree living abroad in Sevilla, Spain at the Universidad de Espana. She later was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award Fellowship to study music at the Savannah College of Art and Design graduating with her Master of Fine Arts degree in music and performing arts.
Edwards took several breaks from the New York City indie music scene by living abroad and attending multiple artist residencies. In 2013 she attended her first residency in Barcelona, Spain at Can Serrat International Artist Residency. Edwards was awarded a full stipend research grant for songwriting at Can Serrat and wrote and recorded her single “The Circle” as well as her first music video. In 2012 Melanie was awarded a two-month scholarship for music at Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hameenkyro, Finland. While in Finland she wrote and recorded her fourth album “Back To Basics” with a Lexicon mixer. In 2012 Melanie received grants for music and songwriting at Odysseys Artist Residency in Costa Rica. During this time she released her sixth album “Las Rosas.” For this record Melanie combined the natural, ambient sounds of nature and wildlife and incorporated them into her musical compositions.
In 2015, Melanie moved to Washington DC after a decade in NYC. Soon after moving to DC she wrote her ninth album, Lorelei. This melancholic record was written in the seven days after her broken engagement and features some of Melanie’s most successful songs, like “What Happened.” Melanie Edwards Laboratories collaborated with two-time Emmy winner, Michael Whalen, and they scored the “What Happened Film Remix.” Melanie also served as a panelist for the prestigious DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and is a Community Vaudeville Artist for the National Theatre in DC. Melanie also began expanding her music as a therapeutic music practitioner. Melanie performs in hospitals, playing bedside performances, as well as in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehab centers and clinic settings. “Edwards goes beyond just playing music and includes specialized songwriting, and drawing to children with autism and terminal illness, as well as senior citizens suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. She composes and co-writes music with patients as a means of coping to alleviate emotional, mental and physical stress during different stages of recovery.”
- 2014 Melanie collaborated with Tommy James, music director and pianist of Duke Ellington Orchestra in Kailua, Hawaii
- 2016 nine time Grammy winning producer Joe Nicolo of Revel Music Group and Ruffhouse Records, and Columbia records
- 2016 Emmy award winning Composer Michael Whalen.
- 2016 Melanie joined forces with award-winning photographer Kelly Schneider of Captured Journey Photography Album to create the artwork for What Happened. Photos won several contests and featured in many notable online music blogs and magazines: Jamsphere
- 2018 The Posies 30th Anniversary Tour
In 2013, Melanie was nominated for “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Original Songwriting” for the Independent Artist Network for the Music Arts in New York City. In 2016 she reached the number one spot on Washington DC’s regional charts by the Deli Magazine and her single "What Happened" was in Top 40 Charts for Best Singer/Songwriter Releases on iTunes . In 2017, she was number one on the local charts in her category of singer/songwriter for Reverbnation. “Daniel’s Lane,” won Ourstage’s “New Music Revolution Achievement Award,” three times, as well as being voted “Best Single” in her genre by “Mashable,” which catapulted her into The Deli’s “Top 100 Best Songwriters of NYC.” Ourstage also awarded several of Melanie’s other singles including: “Sugar” with a “Top Achievement Award in Best Singer-Songwriter,” and she won “Best in Jazz” for her ballad “No More Drinking.” “Who’s Gonna Color in the Middle?” received “Best of World Music” three consecutive months from Ourstage and was also used in the History Channel’s hit show Pawn Stars, Season 12; Episode Four: “The Godfather of Pawn” as well as three episodes of Nickelodeon’s show “I Am Frankie.” Edwards was nominated for“Best Singer Songwriter” for her single “The Circle” in the Online Music Awards and also won the Damien Rice Lyric Contest for her rendition of Rice’s “9 Crimes” (her version “9 Crimes Response”) for “Best Cover” for Artists Den. “Laboratorium Holds an Honorable Mention for SongDoor’s 2017 International Songwriting Competition. She is also an essayist for Tiny Buddha in which her article “Accepting Imperfection and Making Peace with Our ‘Piece in Progress” ranked 12th out of 4 million articles of “Best Tiny Buddha Articles of All Time.”
- Between The Binary (2010)
- Who’s Gonna Color In The Middle-Single (2011)
- Between The Binary: Bathtub B Sides (2011)
- Back to Basics (2012)
- Melanie Edwards (Live at the Franklin Hotel) (2013)
- Las Rosas (2013)
- The Circle- Single (2013)
- Lorelei (2016)
- Between The Binary (Collector’s Edition) (2017)
- Just Don’t Stop (2018)
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