INTRODUCING YOU TO MELANIE MERINEY
Hi! I’m Melanie Meriney, a Nashville-based Urban pop/country artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since I was eighteen, I’ve been actively pursuing a career in the music industry!
What is your favourite country song and who is your favourite country artist (can be more than one)?
What is the most inspirational song you have heard?
So Melanie, you released your first single back in 2014 - what was that experience like?
In 2014 I released a song called “If I Know You” which is a ballad about knowing someone so well, even through a breakup. Some songs just speak to what’s in the forefront of your mind at the time, so I released it by itself after I recorded it. Music has always been a catharsis for me, and sometimes stuff that I need to get off my chest ends up in a song. Hopefully it finds the ear it needs to. I actually ended up signing a single song deal on it with Big Gap Music in Nashville. It was my first publishing experience.
You can buy Melanie's first single here; https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/if-i-know-you/927978359?i=927978373
And you released your first EP 'Up In Lights' on 5th May, 2017 - could you please tell us a little about how you choose the songs and your recording experience?
Yes!! ‘Up In Lights’ is a huge project for me because I feel like for the first time, I’m truly making music that belongs to me. As a writer and artist, I’m constantly growing, and the EP is an honest reflection of who I am in both of those aspects. I framed the album around the title track which is all about identity and the pursuit of this dream. It can be easy to lose track of who you are along the way, so it’s about my experiences that have made me realize who I truly am deep down. The rest of the album follows that same vein of discovering identity in life, love, and career and navigating the learning curve that we all have to drive ourselves.
I recorded with Josh Mendez and Michael Funk who perfectly understood my need to combine traditional country sounds with urban/northern-infused pop and rock accents. They made the experience really fun!
You can buy Melanie's first EP here; https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/up-in-lights-ep/1226478450
Melanie, what are you plans for 2018? What about new music?