BBC Radio has called Melanie, “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” and that is just part of her appeal. Besides her beautiful voice, Melanie is a terrific songwriter with lots of great songs to prove it. Her tune “Christmas Breaks My Heart” was a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Contest. And now Melanie has a new 6-song EP out “We Got This” released in late November 2020. She dropped by the SongTalk Radio (virtual) studio to play us her favourite from the bunch and let us in on how she creates.
We talked with Melanie about:
the benefit of collaborating with other artists and the joy of working solo
Singer-songwriter and Jitters frontman Blair Packham joined us for our latest annual Holiday Gift Guide. We talked about gift suggestions in every price range. Happy shopping for the musician in your life, for yourself, or for your favourite songwriting podcast host (hint: that’s Neel).
Thanks to our listeners Don Thomspon, Lorenzo D. Policelli, and Matt Oshin for their suggestions.
This week SongTalk welcomed Doktor Nomi to our studio.
Admittedly Nomi is not a real doctor but he does have a unique and interesting way of creating music. As a topliner and lyricist, Nomi frequently works with other collaborators to create his music. Most recently, he and SongTalk’s own Neel Modi have been working together and Doktor Nomi brought one of those new songs for us to hear.
We talked with Nomi about:
how other artists’ songs provide an starting point for his music
why having a set lyric-writing style can be productive
This week we welcomed The Sun Harmonic (aka Kaleb Hikele) back to the show to share his latest single A Dream I’ve Had with us. Kaleb was challenged to write, record, and release a song in 48 hours, and he totally did it!