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MELINDA

SCHNEIDER

 

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Melinda Schneider is an Australian music icon, a multi-award winning singer-songwriter, live performer, storyteller, the CEO and founder of M*Power Records, a sought after keynote speaker and a female empowerment activist. 

 

She’s enjoyed 40 years in Australian entertainment, released a whopping 14 albums and been awarded an unbelievable six CMAA Golden Guitars … Melinda is a fearless force to be reckoned with!

 

Australia was first introduced to Melinda when she recorded with her mother at age 8, country music veteran Mary Schneider … but that’s another story for another time! Having been on stage from the age of 3, it was expected that Melinda would keep the family tradition alive; but it is through songwriting that she really discovered her true voice.

 

Few artists can say they have consistently released music … but Melinda is one of them! Her authentic sound and honest songs have strongly resonated with fans and critics, but being true to herself has always been paramount to her success. Melinda’s discography is diverse and multifaceted ...

 

  • My Oxygen (2000)

  • Happy Tears (2002)

  • The Kitchen Table Tapes (2003)

  • Family Tree (2004)

  • Stronger (2006)

  • Hits & Rarities (2007)

  • Be Yourself (2008)    

  • Live at Tamworth(2009)

  • Melinda Does Doris: A Tribute to Doris Day (2010)

  • Wish You Were Here EP (2011)

  • Life Begins at 40 – The Ultimate Collection (2011)

  • Great Women of Country (with Beccy Cole) (2014)

  • Melinda Does Doris Again: The Movie Songs (2016)

  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas EP (2018)

 

2019 will see the 40th Anniversary of her recording career, the launch of Melinda’s new Independent record label Mpower Records and the release of her latest project ’The Woman’.

 

‘The Woman’ is perhaps Melinda’s most fearless work to date, one that Melinda has been working on for the past six years. Turning 40 and becoming a mother set Melinda on a new path of self-discovery she explains. ‘Now that I’m a mum to beautiful Sullivan, I feel things even more deeply, I’ve written about so many things on this album that we as women experience. There’s the pressure to be perfect, people pleasing, the search for love, finding your voice, finding equality, battles with low self-esteem, the joy of motherhood, the loss of a baby, choosing the wrong partner, divorce or simply being the best mum you can be whilst juggling work and a relationship with a loving partner. I have experienced and survived all of those things. That fact does not make me special, it just makes me a pretty regular woman. Now I want to shine a light on all these topics through my songs.” She hopes the album will validate, empower and celebrate women … and of course the people who love them.

 

The title track will be released as a single in April with the full album soon after. She will also be duetting with singing superstar Guy Sebastian saying, “I’m so thrilled to have Guy singing with me on ‘Tender’, (a song Melinda co-wrote in Nashville with Rick Price and Tamara Stewart). It’s so important to surround yourself with men who are both sensitive and strong and have great respect for women and Guy has all those qualities.”

 

Aside from an incredible body of musical work, Melinda is a live favorite! Always loyal to the stage and her incredible fans, Melinda has enjoyed huge touring success. A personal highlight was her iconic theatre show ‘DORIS, Doris Day – So Much More Than the Girl Next Door’. The tour which accompanied her #1 hit album ‘Melinda Does Doris’ toured extensively and even sold out the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall twice! ‘The Woman’ will also include a brand new stage show! Melinda can’t wait to hit the road again to deliver the concept to audiences across the country.

 

What else could be said of Melinda? Well, she’s a fashion designer, she competed on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and she’s delivered key-note speeches to empowered women across the country. She’s a talented actress who made her debut at 13 in ‘A Country Practice’, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Paul Kelly have all recorded her songs and above all, she’s Sullivan’s mum. One thing's for sure, Melinda won’t be defined so get ready for an incredible 2019 from the iconic Melinda Schneider. 

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