INTERVIEW:MY FRIENDS CALL ME MEL
What was it like the first time you realized music is what you wanted to do as your life's work?
I think the moment it changed for me was when I took the plunge and got accepted to Belmont University’s songwriting program. It went from something I did as an outlet I enjoyed & thought I was good at, to a passion I couldn't go a day without and a craft I wanted to keep growing in.
Who was the most encouraging with your talent?
When I was younger, my parents were always incredibly encouraging. They made space for me to be creative and to chase dreams. I also had many vocal coaches and directors who walked alongside me with encouragement and constructive feedback. To them, I am forever grateful and only hope to pay it forward to the next generation of singer/songwriters.
Was there anyone that was the least?
Honestly, I was my own worst critic… still am most days. I put myself in a box of who I thought everyone wanted me to be, but truly these past few years have been shaking that off and chasing what feels authentic to me.
You make performing seem seamless. How much practice goes into what you do?
I train my voice daily. Whether that is full rehearsals of songs or more vocal health regimens, I am always trying to get better and stay vocally healthy.
With all the successes you've experienced in your career, can you recall a time where you were tested in it?
I always walked away from music during my time at Belmont University. I was trapping myself in a box and also receiving not the best feedback on my songs. I think those moments are important for artists - not only for humility but you grow so much when you are told “no” or are at the end of your rope - that’s often where your fight is reignited.
How did you make the decision to keep on going for your goals?
Truthfully, I leaned on my support group. My best friend, Lauren Dekleva, and my husband, Alexander, were instrumental in helping me fight and chase my passion, especially with my music projects I’ve been releasing this year. It’s felt empowering to have people in your corner who not only believe in what you have to offer but are rooting for your success in it.
Who or what did you turn to when you needed a refocus?
The two people listed above (Lauren and Alexander) were my top people. As a spiritual person, I often prayed that God would continue to reveal my path and direct my steps in whatever I was meant to do.
Tell our audience about your latest single Takes Me Over!
Takes Me Over was a fast write, one of those ones that flows out of you. A close friend of mine was in the middle of a heartbreak with her ex that she had recently got back together with, only to find he didn’t really change much. Truthfully, he sucked and I hated how he treated her so part of me used that anger towards him and tried to make sense of her hurt to write this song that I find many can relate to. So many of us have fallen for someone that you know isn’t good for you but you get so blinded by their potential that you stick it out for longer than you should. This song dives into that tension.
How did you come up with what you wanted to do next?
I wanted a song that could be a good late night drive heartbreak song and I wanted a song I could hear on a playlist with some of my favorite bands like LANY, The Band CAMINO, and The 1975.
How are you making time for everything you do!
I’ve had a pretty busy year of writing, recording, and releasing. My goal was to get out 4 songs I am proud of this year and I am so stoked to say I did that. I prioritized music everyday and I think the consistency helped make good habits for my creativity.
What are you focusing on right now going forward with your music?
I would love to release 4 more songs next year. I’m going to take a brief break for the holiday season and enjoy my time with my new baby due in a few weeks.
How did the new music come about?
I always had a goal of consistency when I started this music project. It helps me stay focused and grinding but also practically keeps me in the mind of listeners.
Give us where and how to find your music!
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