Melanie Joy does not sound like anyone else. Like life, her music is bittersweet──a dystopic pop with residual sweetness. Melanie weaves intimate lyrics, soaring melodies, vivid pop vocals and vibrant piano playing against electronica soundscapes.
While she holds a Master’s degree in writing, melody is still king to the songstress. “I get a melody in my head and then the words kind of seep out of the melody, “she explains. “It’s as if the music sounds out what the song is trying to say.”
Melanie grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, and started writing songs before she learned to play piano at age nine. As a teenager, the young songwriter began performing in pubs and nightclubs across St. Catharines, honing her songwriting craft in front of audiences blown away by the artfulness of her music and the maturity of her soul.
Having been part of two consecutive musical duos, Melanie finally went solo in 2003 and brought an astonishing new power to her music. As former CityTV news journalist Carey Campbell comments, “Finally hearing
Melanie’s vocals front and centre have completed the music for her listening audience. This is the way it should be. It’s no longer about ‘the lyrics,’ ‘the piano,’ ‘the vocals,’ ‘the harmony,’ ‘the depth.’ The pieces all fit. It’s about the music of Melanie Joy and it is ornate, moving, and lovely.”
Her first album “Magic” garnered serious industry attention and featured an impressive line-up of talent that has worked with some of Canada’s greatest performers: drummer Gary Craig (Anne Murray; Jann Arden; Bruce Cockburn), guitarist Marc Ganetakos (Nelly Furtado; Mad Violet), cellist Kevin Fox (Chantal Kreviazuk; Danny Michel; Dahmnait Doyle), and co-producer/guitarist Peter Linseman (Mia Kulba; Cristie Healey).
The “Magic” album landed Melanie a management deal with Music Mentor Productions and a national distribution deal with Bullseye Record who distributed through Fusion 3 (Canada), Burnside (US), and Revolver/
Universal (UK). The album’s single “Falling In” hit radio stations early 2007, and Melanie launched a successful promotional tour in June, playing venues from Montreal to Vancouver, with stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle.
And then life took an abrupt change of direction. After being seriously injured in an automobile accident, over the past several years, Melanie’s attentions have turned to regaining her health as she underwent multiple procedures and surgeries. During this dark period, she continued to write sporadically when physically able. The result is a stunning collection of songs with an unabashed honesty and melancholic hope. Her music details the breakdown of everything we take for granted: our physical abilities, our aspirations, and close relationships. It searches for meaning in a barren landscape and struggles to let go of the past and rebuild. These songs not only reflect a change in Melanie’s lyrical style but a shift from Magic’s alt-pop feel to an electronic production.