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Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams
Biog 25/08/17

Born Melanie Joy Williams In South London a Scorpion, I believe. And a Dragon too, a wood Dragon to be precise. And Melanie Williams likes to be precise. It’s intense to be on the receiving end of her passion & fire but she listens if you hold your ground...

This is her short story so far in the world of music and muse a blink in the eye of creation...

Melanie started singing and writing for a band in Manchester, Adventure, invited to join by fellow musician Eric Gooden. Eric and Melanie went on to sign their first recording contract with Geffen Records just a few years later. This took them to Chicago to be there at the birth of House Music.

The Duo went on to make their first album with Virgin Records, signed by A&R man Mick Clark, aka “The Soul Guru” & the Infamous Jeremy Lascelles under the name Temper Temper, causing a soulful stir amongst the critics and gaining critical acclaim.

Their journey continued with Mick Clark to Sony for their next album, recorded inLA,this time under Melanie’s name. During the recording of the album Human
Cradle, Melanie had also collaborated and sung on a track with Manchester band Sub Sub. The single release of Aint No Love, Aint No Use, very swiftly rose to number 3 in the UK charts and became an undisputed club anthem.

With the release of her solo album, and a version of You Are Everything the classic Motown duet. sung with partner and solo artist Joe Roberts, they reached top 20 in the UK, while her Everyday Thang, Frankie Knuckles’ remix hit number 1 in the billboard breakout charts in the US. Melanie’s reputation as a unique and genuine voice in soul music, as well as a writer and performer grew again. She started the tour of the album at Ronnie Scotts in London, her live band all fellow Manchester musicians.

Her continued collaborations with artists worldwide & consistently with now husband Joe Roberts has birthed 2 further albums with Dark Flower and their current raw neo-soul band Butterfly Jam.

Melanie is currently championing charity work with causes she feels aligned with such as Hatchfest ,Barnabus,Escape,acting,writing, singing and performing, travelling from England, Ibiza to Australia working with her old friends at Bush Records again and collaborating with various producers and Artists. Melanie recently won the Manchester Digital Music Archive #Rebel Women In Music writers award.

Through lucrative times & lean. through motherhood ,marriage,bankruptcy & changes in the Music Industry mechanism she has stayed true to her creative nature primarily thriving on writing about the nitty gritty aspects of life. The light & the dark of sticking it out in relationships.

”Relationships are like looking at my reflection in a lake ,when I see something I don’t like I wanna smash the reflection but it keeps reforming as my face”

Joanna Jones

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