“If you can’t be safe, be spectacular” is a phrase that sets the musical tone for Mel Monaco, a Canadian singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist born in Northern, Ontario. Influenced by her rhythmic dancing mother, and soulful singing and drumming father there is no doubt this broad mixture of creativity aided in the foundation of her musical fate. Having started out young on the stage, Mel was led to her artistic home and greatest passion- singing and song writing.
Continuing to develop her talents, Mel travels to find inspiration within the people and experiences she encounters. Also heavily inspired by the dark brassy notes of Amy Winehouse, the inspiring jazz of Nina Simone, and many more vocally powerful women, Mel produces a contemporary blues pop rock sound enhanced by her unique alto voice that resonates from the depths of her soul; which can be heard through her diverse and unique compilations.
In 2010 Mel entered into the Moosetrax MooseFM Writers Competition, stealing the show with her original song “Heartache”. She then went on to play for the grand opening of MooseFM105.5, playing her music to devoted listeners of the Muskoka region. Determined to write her music, it was in July of 2012 when Mel released her first EP entitled “Anything Goes”. Continuing with its success, Mel released her first unplugged music video for the spine-tingling track “Like an Ocean” in January of 2014. And it was in July of 2014 when Mel released the single “And Baby” accompanied by a full-length music video.
Continuing with its success, Mel released her first unplugged music video for the spine-tingling track “Like an Ocean” in January of 2014. And it was in July of 2014 when Mel released the single “And Baby” accompanied by a full-length music video. Later in 2014, Mel road tripped down to Nashville, TN for the chance to record her original music accompanied by multi-instrumentalists John Heinrich and Phil Valdez. Upon return Mel released the single “Cupid” and it’s complementing music video in November of 2014, from the up and coming album “These Are Just Suggestions”.
Growing and expanding her horizons, Mel takes on the world and learns from every experience she has turning it into lyrical memories… her current album “These Are Just Suggestions” released April 26, 2015 currently being promoted with her full 4 piece band across Southern Ontario. Thus bringing her to her latest endeavour in the music industry- The Mel Monaco 2016 Pin Up Calendar, a fundraiser supporting her latest music video, “Single Again” released December 13th, 2015. On to the next, Mel started recording of her next album starting March of 2016. Set to be released Spring of 2017. CUrrently Mel is working towards the 2017 Pin Up Calendar, in efforts to raise funds for the music video "Hold Me Back", the single off the album releasing next year.
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