I met up with Melody Crystal at 5Litr in North Melbourne last week over some really good coffee, lunch and a chat about her background and our upcoming concert event with Melbourne Contemporary Choir Jun 18 "Time To Shine". The Choir is really excited to be performing a couple of songs with Melody on the night which are going to blow audiences away. The choir met Melody at our rehearsal last Thursday night, needless to say, despite her petite size she made a big impact on our singers who were really impressed. Melody arrived just as the choir was rehearsing a song called "The Power of One" so we shoved a mic in her hand and she jumped in with, us pumping out a fantastic rendition of the Israel Houghton hit song. I was introduced to Melody through our musical director for the concert, Jared Haschek who has been collaborating with Melody on some projects recently. After lunch Melody gave me her "home work" a little question sheet I asked her to fill out beforehand, to let you in on a bit of her musical journey. Here's what she had to say...
Name and Occupation
I'm a choir teacher (Primary School aged kids), Glee vocal coach and Teacher Aide.
What was the first Song you sang?
Let the Franklin Flow with the band 'Goanna' - (The Goanna Band was formed as an Australian folk rock group by singer-songwriter and guitarist Shane Howard).
Top 3 favourite lyrics?
Crystal Lewis: MORE
"We are meant for more than this world could suppose
We are more than we know"
Charlie Chaplin: SMILE
That's time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll see that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile
Stevie Wonder: EVIL
Evil, why have you stolen so much love
Leaving everyone's emotions lost and wandering free
Ultimate stage outfit?
Anything that can create the illusion of me being tall!
Three things that make you feel confident/invincible
1. My four precious children
2. My faith and hope
3. Knowing how far I've come
What are you working on right now?
Writing music for myself and others.
Writing my autobiography
Making money to produce those things!
MELODY CRYSTALS BIO:
Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia to Graham and Stephney Davidge, Melody Crystal's life was immersed in the music industry and culture from day one. Her father, a seasoned guitarist, has played with many successful bands including 'The Little River Band' and 'Goanna'. Given her surroundings, it wasn't too long before she developed a love for expressing herself through song.
In her late teen years, she sang in small piano bars around Adelaide before shifting to Melbourne to be with her father and broaden her horizons.
1993 saw her joining a little known original Christian Funk/Rock/Fusion outfit called 'Mr Bus'. It was in that band that she met her husband, guitarist Gavin Chan.
The band parted ways in 1997 when Melody took a break to recover from some issues she had been having with her voice.
In 2003, Melody released a very successful solo EP titled 'Show Me Heaven'. The title track from that EP became the highest played Australian song in the Christian sector for that year.
Now a single mother with four children, Melody is currently working on her autobiography aptly named, 'The Party's At My Place', as well as collaborating with songwriter musician Jared Haschek on music for other artist as well as her own upcoming album.
Melody is a pocket rocket with an amazing vocal and she will be performing two original songs at the Melbourne Contemporary Choir Concert and EP launch #TIMETOSHINE. The concert is Saturday night June 18, 7:30PM Planetshakers City Church (North East Campus) 356-360 Main Road Lower Plenty. You can get your tickets through Eventbrite by clicking the button below. Tickets are selling fast so don't miss out and get yours today. Tickets are $20 adult and $15 concession (plus booking fee). For your money you'll get a live 10 piece band with horn section, a 40+ member choir and hear the vocal stylings of our amazing guest artist/singer/songwriter & music educator - Melodoy Crystal.
Melbourne Contemporary Choir
Jason or (Jase) as he likes to be called is Founder & Creative Director of Melbourne Contemporary Choir (MCCHOIR) and is a passionate musician who wants to bring his love for music to a broader audience.
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