A small town girl with a flair for writing and singing earthy songs that draw smartly from folk, country and rock.”

— George Vara, U-T San Diego

Melanie Devaney

Melanie Devaney is a folk-Americana singer-songwriter from the small town of Epworth in Dubuque County Iowa (pop. 1,700).  Clasically trained in piano and holding a degree in Creative Writing, her songs are stories from her own life’s adventures and the cast of characters she has met and created along the way. She also performs a number of cover songs by well-known artists such as The Beatles, Eagles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, U2 and Adele.  She has been dscribed by the San Diego Kensington News as “a real gem,” and her music is “ At times country, at times pop, she’s like a mix of Carole King and Emmylou Harris with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare.”

Being a woman and singing songs about women is important to Melanie in an industry that is often male-dominated.  She believes that every woman has a unique story to share with the world and, as much as possible, she tries to collect these stories and give them to the world as songs. Her songs celebrate women's courage, fortitude and their unique ability to nurture the culture to higher levels of understanding and acceptance.  

 

Accomplishments

  • Melanie's second album "Single Subject Notebook"charted on three college stations in the U.S. in early 2014 and also received heavy rotation on over seventy stations.  
  • Her previous festivals include the Kimball Arts Festival (Park City, Utah); the Julian Music Festival (Julian, California), the Nowoodstock Music Festival (Ten Sleep, Wyoming) and the Red Gorilla Music Festival (Austin, TX).
  • She was selected as a 2016 Folk Alliance Regional West Official Showcase Performer

 

Press Quotes

"New to the San Diego music scene, Melanie Devaney wowed the audience with a vocal range that had to be heard to be believed.  Not only did she sing, she captured hearts and minds of the audience with her talent for both the guitar and keyboards. This girl has it all!" -www.julianmusicfestival.com

 

"This is strong work straight out of the American dream. . ."  Country Standard Time Review

 

"Armed with a degree in creative writing and years of classical piano training, she's a promising young artist whose unaffected music is delivered with a welcome absence of fuss."  San Diego U-T

 

 

Press Photos

Photo by Adam Sheridan Taylor. Click to download.

Photo by Adam Sheridan Taylor. Click to download.

Photo by Adam Sheridan Taylor. Click to download.

Photo by Adam Sheridan Taylor. Click to download.

Photo by Mike Burley.

Photo by Mike Burley.

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