MELD's music is an eclectic soulful journey. Drawing inspiration from several genres, Progressive Soul/Jazz, Jam band music, with a tinge of theatricality, she has created a unique fusion of musical elements. People have likened her performance to that of a "modern day" Janis Joplin meets Hiatus Kaiyote.
In January of 2017, Nashville-based artist MELD released her debut EP "H.U.R.T." (Healing Under Rising Truth.) The 5-song work was produced by Matt Harris of Livetronica band, Zoogma, and can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, YouTube and more. Her single "Easy On The Game" received nods from Nylon Magazine, BTRToday, No Country for New Nashville, YabYum Arts, Syracuse New Times, and several other publications- ultimately landing the single on Hype Machine. The "H.U.R.T." remix album was released on April 20th, 2018, with collaborations and remixes by Felice, SAER, ARTIST X, Spaceship Earth, Waterchild, and Batavia. The albums first single “Leaving You Out (Felice Remix)” was premiered on renowned EDM blog, Dancing Astronaut, and the full album was featured on We Rave You on release day. As of August 2018, the single has reached over 170K listens on Spotify.
The release of the remix album kicked off the first half of MELD's 2018 full-band summer tour, starting at Music On The Mothership Music Festival in Taos, NM. From there, the group traveled to Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, where they ended the first half of the tour at Sonic Bloom Music Festival. Additionally, MELD has played festivals and shows in Tennesseee, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, California, Maine, Georgia, DC, and Florida (where she graduated with honors from the Bruce Hornsby Program at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.) Most recently, MELD opened for Funk/Jam band The Main Squeeze in her hometown Nashville, TN at Exit/In. In previous solo projects, MELD (aka Melanie Dewey,) has had the opportunity to share the stage with Maggie Rose, Teddy Geiger, and jam bands Brothers Past, and Zoogma, briefly touring with the latter in February of 2016 for their "New Era" tour.
With a fierce passion for the wellness of Mother Earth, and protecting the environment, MELD works hard to use her music as a platform to support environmentally friendly inititatives whenever she can. In 2018 alone, MELD's "Gaia Getdown" series in Nashville raised $1500+ for charities such as The Sierra Club, Coalition for Clean Air, Red Cross (benefitting wildfire victims,) Urban Green Lab, and OceanAid. MELD aims to continue these initiatives with the launch of her upcoming debut full length album, due out in Spring of 2019.
Overall, MELD aims to promote vulnerability, and open hearts with her eclectic approach. She takes inspiration from the colorful era of the 60's, and progressive, boundary-breaking artists such as The Grateful Dead, Phish, Papadosio, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote, Janis Joplin, Rubblebucket, Becca Stevens, Tedeschi-Trucks, and more. Her mission as an artist, is to honor and acknowledge the validity of all musical processes, players, genres, and storytelling methods - while fearlessly 'melding' them together. In promoting the oneness of all things, MELD stands for fusion, acceptance, collaboration, diversity, and above all, fearless love of self, and others.
"MELD is fresh on the scene, but you best believe the waves she's making are big. "Easy On The Game" is rich with soul. MELD's sound is straight-up comforting, a thing we all need more of these days." -Hayden Leland, Staff Writer, Nylon
“MELD’s Voice is full of soul and emotion.” - Dancing Astronaut
“The result is a soulful alchemy, a synthesis between electronic and traditional elements that blur the lines between past and present.” - Zach Schepis, Editor in Chief, BTRToday
“Balancing atmosphere with grounded force, her voice trail-blazes through the layers, a velvet beacon that can swell from a lull to crescendos of power in a matter of seconds.” - Zach Schepis, Editor in Chief, BTRToday
"Her vivacious and loving spirit is found all throughout her music.” - Julian Ciany, Staff Writer, No Country for New Nashville
“Dewey’s songs propose an interesting juxtaposition. They’re undeniably pop with heavy synths, modern effects and expert production. But the subject matter isn’t just bubble gum. It’s actually condemning fluff, to ripping the soul from the art or disregarding the poet in the corner.” - Jess Novak, Syracuse New Times
“ ‘Easy on the Game’ sets Dewey’s caramelly vocals against an R&B backdrop, heavy on the B. I can easily imagine this single wafting atop the smoke in some nightclub, but MELD has a contemporary take that will suit both modern listeners and old school soul fans alike.” - Carly Schorman, Senior Editor, YabYum Arts