Melanie Edwards is an award-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist, music practitioner and tv/film composer. She holds a master’s degree in music from The Savannah College of Art and Design and is certified in Mental Health First Aid USA by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. She has 24 years experience as a performer and expressive healer with several partner charities, such as: National Theatre DC, Children’s National Hospital and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. She is the resident pianist for Clyde’s Restaurant and has performed at Gypsy Sally’s, The Henley Park Hotel, Beacon Bar and Grill and Peruvian Ambassador Castilla’s Residence.
Price Range: $500 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
"Original songs crammed with melodies and lush harmonies like fans Damien Rice, Tori Amos, will delight for, and echoing the brilliance of Alanis Morrisette and Adele, too." - Eric Alper, music journalist
Melanie Edwards is an award-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist and essayist with over 23 years experience, performing both nationally and internationally. She is best known for her hit single “Daniel’s Lane,” winner of several accolades including Ourstage’s “New Music Revolution Achievement Award,” thrice, and “Best Single” in her genre by “Mashable,” which catapulted her into The Deli’s “Top 100 Best Songwriters of NYC.” Melanie’s popular single “Who’s Gonna Color in the Middle?” received “Best of World Music” three consecutive months. Her single “Sugar” won “Top Achievement Award in Best Singer-Songwriter,” and she was awarded “Best in Jazz” for her ballad “No More Drinking.” Melanie ranked “Top 100 Best of Pop” on Ourstage in 2015, as well as “Best Singer Songwriter” for her single “The Circle” in the Online Music Awards. Likewise, she won the Damien Rice Lyric Contest for her rendition of Rice’s “9 Crimes” (her version “9 Crimes Response”) as “Best Cover” for Artists Den. Melanie has also been nominated as “Best Singer/Songwriter + Best Original Songwriting” for The Independent Artist Network for the Music Arts.
Melanie received her undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina and went on to get a masters degree from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She spent 10 years performing in New York’s indie scene, from the popular Living Room and Rockwood Lounge to Brooklyn’s Galapagos Theater. She has been in Washington DC for over a year and has played at several places including Gypsy Sally’s, The Henley Park Hotel, Beacon Bar and Grill and the Peruvian Ambassador Castilla’s residence for President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the America’s Initiative.”
Melanie was recently named DCs #1 singer/songwriter by The Deli Magazine. In addition, Melanie was chosen as a panelist for the prestigious DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and is a huge advocate for local artists. Her music is described as melancholic like artists Damien Rice, Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette and Adele. Her words are poetic, but rich with darkness.
Additional Booking Notes
I have a keyboard and mic, will need an amp.
Also I would love to play your piano at the establishment and/or home.
Past Booked Events
|April 24, 2019 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Nonprofit Event|
|March 03, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||House Party|
Influences & Inspiration
Tori Amos, Dolores O'Riordan, Natalie Merchant
Piano. Amp for vocals.