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Mel Kay

Genres

Funk, Indie, Indie Pop, Pop

From

Perth, WA

Members

Lead Vocals: Mel Kay
Backing Vocals: Constanza Herrero and Carolyn Thomas
Keys: Shanelle Schramm
Guitar: Michael Margin
Bass: Kelly McCarthy
Drums: Paul Morgan
Sax: Tom Walsh
Trombone: Sam Hadl

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Mel Kay

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Bio

Given she has been involved in music since the age of three, it’s little surprise Mel Kay chose to embark on a singing career. After years of studying contemporary music performance at WAAPA, the 22-year-old is set to release her latest singles ‘Upside Down Town’ and ‘Feel Alright’, both uptempo tunes, mixing pop, indie and funk.

“I wrote these songs with the intention to empower young women to know their worth,” says Kay. “I want to encourage them to have the courage to stand up for themselves in a society that is often very focused on instant gratification, and objectification. I wanted to write a song about the importance of respect, as we are all intelligent human beings with a deep need to be loved and valued just as we are.”

Inspired by The Browhorn Orchestra, Lorde, Regina Spektor and Kate Miller-Heidke, Kay says she has always loved music that crosses genres.

“My aim was to create music that could connect to a wide audience, while also having a very unique vibe and sound,” she said. The collective “we” Kay refers to is Liberté (pronounced
“Libert-ae”), the 10-piece band she regularly performs with featuring guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and backing singers.

“The main challenge with recording was making sure we were prepared before we went into the studio and of course also matching busy schedules up with 10 working musicians to take
into account,” says Kay on the recording process. “They are all incredible musicians and I am so stoked to be able to work with performers of their level.”

While studying at WAAPA for four years, Kay performed in multiple showcases at the Ellington Jazz Club, The Rosemount, The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, and The Laneway Lounge with a mix of original and cover bands.

In 2014, she recorded her first single ‘Lonely Now’ which received commercial airplay and was voted top ballad on CD Baby.

Mel Kay & Liberté launched ‘Upside Down Town’ and ‘Feel Alright’
on October 7th 2016 at Jimmy’s Den in Perth.

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