Melanie Devaney is known for her infectious enthusiasm and a passion for music that translates to audiences. With dynamic vocals and a range of techniques on the guitar, she keeps her repertoire varied and exciting. A perfect addition for your small or large event, Melanie strives to always be professional by knowing the needs of the audience and the event presenters. Her music has been described as heartfelt and earthy, while her performances have been called engaging and truthful.
Melanie played the piano at the Union League Club in Chicago for my niece's First Birthday Celebration on December 2. She played for close to 90 guests, including many small children, even infants. Melanie was superb! Before the event, she reached out to learn more about the party and explained her commitment to play songs we wanted to hear. She arrived early, set up her space, tested the piano, and became comfortable with the room. At the appointed hour, she began playing the piano. Immediately, everyone was impressed with her artistry. In fact, when she took a few minutes to rest her fingers and hydrate, everyone recognized the quiet and missed her music. I give highest of accolades to Melanie and provide the greatest of recommendations for her. Melanie Devaney is the consummate professional! Brava, Maestra!
Response from Melanie Devaney:
Thank you so much, Michael! It was such a pleasure to be a part of your family's special event!
Melanie was amazing! Easy to book and very friendly. Families who attended our fest loved her.
Response from Melanie Devaney:
Thanks Jessica! Heller Nature Center was beautiful and I was so happy to be a part of your event!
Melanie was great to work with. We had a corporate event and asked her to play for 2 hours. She has a very easy demeanor and willing to learn songs if we needed (we didn't request any). We had about 100 people at the event and had many compliments on her style and vocals. She's flexible and can play just about any venue. You'll be pleased when you book Melanie. The ultimate question is whether you would bring a musician back for a second time - and without hesitation, we would do so.
Response from Melanie Devaney:
Thank you Jeff and team! I really enjoyed playing your event and hope to see you soon!
Melanie was great both on the piano and guitar. We really enjoyed it
Melanie is very professional and prepared. We chatted a few times prior to the event regarding song choices and logistics. Melanie arrived early, stayed late and was very accommodating. Guests praised her beautiful voice and kind spirit. Very talented! Book her!!
Melanie was great for my Holiday event, she performed a variety of songs and mixed in some holiday classics. We loved it.
Melanie sang at my wife's 40th birthday party. We had never had live entertainment like Melanie at a party so I was skeptical. How would she fit in? How would she sound? Etc.
Melanie was absolutely outstanding! She fit right in. Her voice is beautiful. She sang covers but made them her own. I was absolutely floored by the way she performed.
Thank you, Melanie. We appreciate all that you did to make our party special.
Just started live music at my restaurant. Not only was Melanie professional and a delight to work with but what a performer. She had everyone in the crowed smiling. Great voice and amazing originals. Booked her for the following week and will be a regular at my venue.
She was exactly what we had hoped for. Our guests are still talking about her!!
Response from Melanie Devaney:
Thank you for having me Aimee and thank you for the kind review. This was a wonderful evening and I'm so glad to have been able to share my music with your guests!
Price Range: $250 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 140 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Melanie performs a mix of covers and originals. She generally performs on guitar and piano while singing, but can also provide piano background music for an event as well. Covers include those by artists such as The Beatles, The Eagles, Adele, U2, Credence Clearwater Revival, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Carole King, Patsy Cline and many, many more. With appropriate lead time, Melanie can customize her performance to your requests. She is familiar with many different genres including pop, rock, classic rock, country and even jazz standards!
If you are looking for someone to make announcements of "MC" your event, Melanie can also provide that service.
Once booked, Melanie will request a timetable of events for the evening (announcements, dinner etc.) so she can prepare appropriate set lists for the required length of time, as well as arrange for load-in and load-out.
Melanie Devaney is a folk-Americana singer-songwriter from the small town of Epworth, Iowa (pop. 1,700). Clasically trained in piano and holding a degree in Creative Writing, her songs are stories from her own life’s adventures and the cast of characters she has met and created along the way. With a personal mission to “create beauty and change on song at a time,” Devaney strives to use to her music to inspire others to make the world a little better through simple acts of compassion and understanding. While her music can, at times, make her come across as vulnerable, Devaney is anything but weak. When called for, her songs exhibit a commanding strength and power that can take audiences by surprise. Devaney combines the values of her rural upbringing - integrity, authenticity and hard work - with her intellectual passion for learning. The result is elegant music that is nonetheless enjoyed by audiences from all walks of life.
Devaney was listed in Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 Unsigned Artists to look for in 2011. Devaney tours throughout the United States, with a heavy concentration of shows in the West and Midwest.
Some of Devaney's notable performances include The Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Nowoodstock Festival in Ten Sleep, Wyoming and the Black Hill Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, as well as the Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah; the Julian Music Festival (Julian, California) and Groovefest (in Cedar City, Utah).
Devaney’s most recent album, “Single Subject Notebook” is the third such independent release. “Single Subject Notebook” was produced by Grammy-nominated Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M/Willie Nelson/The Eagles/Ryan Adams/ Ed Kowalczyk).
Described by the San Diego Kensington News as “a real gem,” her music is “ At times country, at times pop, she’s like a mix of Carole King and Emmylou Harris with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare.”
Additional Booking Notes
If you do not have your own sound equipment Melanie can provide:
- A two-speaker, six channel Yamaha P.A. system with microphones, cables and stands
- Provide background music during dinner, breaks or times when live music is not
required (by running MP3 player through the P.A. system)
- For smaller spaces or events that require no amplification, Melanie can perform
"acoustic" with just guitar.
If you are providing sound, Melanie requests:
-- A two-speaker PA system with four channels for audience
- a center stage monitor
- boom stand
- DI box
- All necessary inputs
- Melanie can bring her own microphone, cables and stand or a combination thereof
Upcoming Booked Events
|September 14, 2019 • 10:30am - 1:30pm||Bridal Shower|
Past Booked Events
|December 02, 2018 • 12:30pm - 4:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|September 21, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Festival|
|July 18, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Surprise|
|July 17, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 09, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm||Festival|
|June 02, 2018 • 9:00am - 11:00am||Children's Birthday Party|
|April 08, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|February 25, 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|December 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 09, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Stone City General Store - Anamosa IA|
|December 02, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Vineria Wine - Marion, IA|
|November 29, 2016 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm||Black Hills State Univ. - Spearfish SD|
|November 09, 2016–November 10, 2016 • 9:00pm - 12:00am||Harney Street - Omaha, NE|
|November 06, 2016 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Adobe Bar Taos Inn - Taos NM|
|November 05, 2016 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Ziegler House Concert - New Mexico|
|November 04, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||H2 Uptown - Taos, NM|
|November 03, 2016 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Laughing Goat - Boulder CO|
|October 22, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 15, 2016 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||FAR-West Official Showcase - Bellingham WA|
|October 08, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Franklin Street|
|October 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Vineria Wine|
|October 01, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Spring Green General Store|
|September 29, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Stone City General Store Concert - Stone City, IA|
|September 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Hoover House Concert - Des Moines IA|
|September 16, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 10, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|September 04, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Thompson Opera House - Pioche Nevada|
|September 01, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Entrada Country Club|
|August 27, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Tea Zaanti House Concert - Salt Lake City UT|
|August 24, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Wine & Song Concerts - Pasadena CA|
|August 22, 2016 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Songwriters At Play - Morro Bay, CA|
|August 21, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Acoustic Rose House Concert - Berkely CA|
|August 19, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Hawk Watch Winery - Warner Springs CA|
|August 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Rock Springs Concert - Rock Springs, Wyoming|
|August 14, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Daniel Marks - Cheyenne, Wyoming|
|August 11, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Music In the Park - Grinnell, Iowa|
|August 05, 2016 • 7:30pm - 10:30pm||The Grape Life - Bettendorf Iowa|
|August 04, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Lincoln Wine Bar - Mount Vernon, Iowa|
|August 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Party - Galena IL|
A Little Help From My Friends
Angel From Montgomery
Before He Cheats
Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain
City of New Orleans
Don't Think Twice
Don't Let Me Down
Ex's & Oh's
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Gentle On My Mind
Gimme One Reason
Girl From the North Country
House of the Rising Sun
If You Could Read My Mind
Me and Bobby McGee
Ring of Fire
Rollin' In the Deep
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
That's All I Want
Walkin' After Midnight
When We Were Young
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
PLUS MANY MORE!
Carry My Guitar
House Of Glass
How Did I End Up With You
Last Glass of Love
Not Too Far Away
Please Don't Be Afraid
Stay Here If I Could
Influences & Inspiration
Carole King, Nancy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, U2, Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontaigne, Kris Kristofferson