MELD's sound can be described as "UniverSOUL." A cinematic, soulful experience with a powerful message of healing for our planet, people have likened Melanie Dewey (frontwoman/songwriter,) to a modern Janis Joplin / Tedeschi-Trucks meets Trevor Hall. In November 2020 shortly after the tragic loss of both her father and aunt, and amidst a national election and global pandemic, MELD's debut album "Words of the Water" was birthed into the world. Receiving praise from NPR, Forbes, Live for Live Music, The Tennessean, Music Crowns and more, the resiliency of Melanie's spirit shone through her music and touched hearts everywhere. Mastered by Anthony Thogmartin (EarthCry, Papadosio,) and mixed by Paco Cosette (Sturgill Simpson,) and Michael Esser (Sheryl Crow, Robert Randolph,) the album was sculpted by many talented hands. Complete with messages of environmental activism and radical self love, the album is tied together with a spoken word meditation featuring Amber Lily, Marya Stark, Katie Buxton, Heather Christie, Shira Elias, Alanna Royale, Maureen Murphy, Jess Nolan, and Erin Boyd of Phantom Vanity. All earnings from this song are donated to an ocean cleanup organization.
"Words of the Water" is a follow up to her 2017 EP "H.U.R.T." (Healing Under Rising Truth,) which was produced by Matt Harris (Zoogma,) and received nods from Nylon Mag, BTRToday, No Country for New Nashville, and more - 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, DanielwiththeBalance, Spaceship Earth, Waterchild, and Batavia. The album's first single “Leaving You Out (Felice Remix)” was premiered on renowned EDM blog, Dancing Astronaut, an article that dubbed MELD’s voice “Full of soul and emotion.”
In the past, MELD has toured with Ayla Nereo, and Zoogma - and shared the stage with The Main Squeeze, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Them Vibes, Brothers Past, Maggie Rose and many more. She has played music festivals such as Music On The Mothership Festival In Taos, New Mexico, A Lovely Time Fest, and Sonic Bloom. MELD also has played the Wormtown Trading Co. Stage at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Fest.
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 conscious initiatives whenever she can. In 2018 alone, MELD's "Gaia Getdown '' series in Nashville raised $2000+ for charities such as The Sierra Club, Coalition for Clean Air, Red Cross (benefitting wildfire victims,) Urban Green Lab, and Oceana.
Overall, MELD aims to promote healing, transformation, and celebration of life in ALL of its stages with her music. Aerial dancers, a full set designed by Metanoia Arts Collective, and professional lighting and projection set the mood at any MELD show. Inspired by the colorful retro era of the 60’s, and the modern spiritual and holistic healing community, Melanie has created a psychedelic, theatrical musical experience that she hopes will inspire everyone to celebrate life, and all of life’s mysteries with open minds, and open hearts. After experiencing several very personal losses (her father, her aunt, and her childhood best friend) in under one year in 2020, Melanie of MELD has a newfound appreciation and understanding of our collective need for healing.
“Through music, a gateway to new beginnings is opened, and we begin to believe in magic again. After 2020, we are in desperate need of a re-awakening of our spirits, and to re-connect and learn to dance again with the beautiful unknown. My number one mission is to be your guide.”
Based in Nashville, MELD's goal is to spread the healing of music as far and wide as possible. A refreshing dose of hope for the weary spirit, take a listen to "Words of the Water" if ever your soul needs watering.
“The Grateful Dead, jam band culture spreads across jazz, folk, country and bluegrass — genres integral to Nashville’s identity. Cross-genre Nashville musician Melanie Dewey, who goes by MELD, draws from each of these genres beautifully.”
MELD is fresh on the scene, but you best believe the waves she’s making are big. - NYLON MAG
"Bold lyrically, musically, and visually". - WMOT ROOTS RADIO
“ On her debut album 'Words of the Water,' MELD uses the sounds of soul, pop, and funk to elevate stories of self awareness. The release is an exciting reflection on the resilience of the human spirit."
- NO COUNTRY FOR NEW NASHVILLE
" Singer-songwriter MELD (Melanie Dewey) lost her father and aunt in a two month span of time. With the power of music, she turned her tragic losses into a love project to save the environment. 'Words of the Water' is truly a work of art."
“By all accounts, here is an artist that isn’t afraid to break down the boundaries that too often limit and confine.” -BTRTODAY
" Singer-songwriter MELD has worked consistently in the Nashville music scene without getting sucked into the commercialized Broadway sound. Her self-titled debut record serves as a true testament to how passionate MELD is toward her craft."
-LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC