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MELD's sound can be described as "UniverSOUL." A cinematic, soulful experience, people have called Melanie Dewey (frontwoman/songwriter,) the next queen of the jam scene, and likened their sound to a modern Janis Joplin / Tedeschi-Trucks meets Hiatus Kaiyote. In November 2020 shortly after the tragic loss of both Melanie's father and aunt, and deep in the throes of 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. 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. A strong believer of using the power of music for philanthropy, MELD has raised over $2000+ on tour for environmental charities in the past.
"Words of the Water" is a follow up to MELD's EP "H.U.R.T." (Healing Under Rising Truth,) which received nods from Nylon Mag, BTRToday, and more. In the past, MELD has toured with Ayla Nereo, and shared the stage with Papadosio, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Main Squeeze, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Zoogma, Brothers Past, Maggie Rose, Sicard Hollow and many more. They have played music festivals such as Music On The Mothership Festival In Taos, New Mexico, and Sonic Bloom. In the beginning of 2022, MELD was crowned the winner of "On The Road to Summer Camp" and landed their first official music festival lineup slot at Summer Camp Music Festival.
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
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