Obviously, you think of the Garden of Eden and I often wonder what it would be like to go back to that garden,” said Mellonie as she prepared for an evening performing at the Nottingham Contemporary Café Bar in the Contemporary Art Gallery, Lace Market, Nottingham.
Lenroy ‘Bassie’ Guiste from the Nottingham dub band The Naturalites (including Percydread and Ossie Samms) played on the beautiful track titled, ‘I Will Rise’, one of the tracks I really enjoy,” said Mellonie.
Originally from Basford, Nottingham, Mellonie started her musical career as a youngster singing in church and at Alderman Derbyshire secondary school, Nottingham before going on to study Performing Arts at Clarendon College, Nottingham and for a degree in Contemporary Arts at Nottingham Trent University. In 1994, Mellonie toured with Black Mind, one of the biggest theatre companies in the UK. She now teaches singing in the city to help and encourage young people into the music industry.
Advice for budding singing artists: “Train as much as you can and learn about your craft. Go to concerts, get to know other artists and try to get a mentor. Dr Martin Glenn was my mentor and took me under his wing. He taught me to write poems and said if I could write poems, then I could write songs and if I could write songs then I could write plays. He really encouraged me from a young age,” said Mellonie. “Use your home area as your training ground. Serve in your training ground. Don’t charge people; just sing for free, people get to know who you are as well. It’s not always about the money. Believe in yourself first!” said Mellonie, radiating the wisdom and knowledge gained through the years and through the blossom of her successful singing career.
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