Trailblazing comes as second nature for vocal powerhouse Melody Thornton. She's gone from being a key member of multi-platinum selling group 'The Pussycat Dolls', to a hugely successful solo artist who writes own music and her own rules!
Melody discovered her passion for music at a young age; she always knew she would be a star but no one expected that at 19 she would switch high-school talent shows for sell-out stadium tours. 'The Pussycat Dolls' were a runaway success from the very beginning ‘Don’t Cha’ skyrocketed to the top of the charts in countries across the globe and platinum certifications came in from all directions! Success followed the girls internationally with massive albums ‘PCD' and 'Doll Domination' delivering chart-topping singles ‘Buttons’, ’Stickwitu’, ‘Beep’, ‘Buttons’, ‘When I Grow Up’, ‘Jai Ho!’ and mega collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Missy Elliot & R Kelly!
Selling over 70 million albums, the Dolls re-defined global success playing across the world for sell-out audiences, achieving international acclaim and truly delivering worldwide Doll Domination. As popular in Eastern Europe and Asia, as they were in English speaking nations, the Dolls enjoyed constant touring where Melody’s vocals anchored the group while delivering the melismatic runs that made heads turn. VMA, Grammy, MTV, Nickelodeon, Britt & Billboard awards poured in and the girls proved their success time and again. Never limited to the stage, the Dolls brand diversified into merchandise, reality television programs, a Las Vegas act, product endorsements, spin-off recording groups, and many other ventures.
After hugely successful albums and countless international tour dates, the group finally called it quits, that’s when Melody took control and decided she would write her own music and her own rules...
Her first mixtape P.O.Y.B.L was released soon after her departure from the group and it immediately began to turn heads. Her impressive range and powerful vocal delivery received huge acclaim. Away from the group Melody’s unique combination of sass and saviour fare combined with killer vocal runs and undeniable talent delivered for critics and fans alike. No longer restricted by the group's limitations, Melody was now free to be the artist she was born to be.
Always kicking musical goals Melody recently featured on LL Cool J’s album ‘Authentic’ and
collaborated with some of the worlds leading musical superstars. Currently working on her solo album Melody is now embracing her earliest influences while staying true to her solo sound. "I love classic sounds like strings and horn arrangements," she admits. "I want to create something that's very cinematic. Something you could hear this in a movie score. I was raised on Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, B.B. King, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green. So, I'm always drawing inspiration from those sounds and infusing it into my own material. My music still maintains a youthful energy though. It isn't a throwback. I'm looking forward while never forgetting where I came from."
The fashion world has also never been far from her thoughts, a skilled seamstress Melody is passionate about design, affordable style and personalising your wardrobe. Her modern day ‘Martha Stewart’ approach leads to a concept which is currently in development - Melo-D-I-Y!
2017 was a huge year with an international flavor for Melody. First, she returned to the UK to feature in the hit show 'Celebs Go Dating'. Moments after filming wrapped she headed for Panama to take on yet another challenge, this time as part of 'The Celebrity Island with Bear Grills'! Stranded on the deserted island Melody's survival instincts took centre stage and her fiery determination shone through to lead her and her team to victory. Never one to take a break, she soon challenged herself again, this time as a leading lady in musical theatre! Leading the West End cast's China tour of epic musical 'The Bodyguard’ and playing Rachel Marron was a huge thrill for Melody as she conquered yet another medium in entertainment. Finishing off the year in Australia as part of 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Extra Camp' Melody's global domination continues!
2019 has already seen Melody take on 'Dancing On Ice' in the UK and soon she returns to Australia. With projects in music, television, fashion and more the future is brighter than ever as Melody proves once again that she is more than just a Doll!