Melanie Peterson is a classy, folk/pop artist, with optimistic love songs and lilting voice, that evokes a young Sylvia Tyson. With an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto independent music scene.
2015-2016 started with Melanie’s song “Lucky Me”, chosen from her first album UNBREAKABLE, out of hundreds of submissions, to be included in the City of Toronto’s Music 311 Winter 2015-2016 playlist.
With assistance from FACTOR, Melanie Peterson, once again teamed up with producer and band member Mitch Girio to release her sophomore album in March 2016 – “ANYWHERE FROM HERE”. Her CD Release party, was a sold out show at The Piston.
“After recently releasing her second full length album, “Anywhere from Here”, Melanie and her band came to The Piston wanting to give their dedicated audience a live experience of all of the songs from their new album. The evening was spectacular and the house was packed!” ~ SNAP Bloor West
The album feedback has been positive, Melanie had a successful summer 2016 CD tour, throughout Southern Ontario and Quebec. In late September/early October, Melanie travelled solo on the VIA rail Artist on Board program, stopping to play in Edmonton at Café Bluebird and Trees Organic Café in Vancouver. Melanie’s engaging stage presence, earns her many new friends and fans along the way.
Peterson was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: her mother of Norwegian heritage, while her father’s family came from Czechoslovakia. Her parents both played guitar and sang together in a jug band while attending medical school at U of S and Melanie sites growing up listening to them sing and play Bob Dylan songs as a key formative experience.
Melanie has been referred to as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by BBC Radio and has been recognized as having “a beautiful voice” and being a “terrific songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. She earned a spot within the independent music scene in Toronto March 2012, when she showcased her original music during Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase and a successful Southern Ontario tour.
Melanie initially moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. Between acting jobs she often picked up the Gibson guitar her father had given her as a parting gift. She then began the second leg of her artistic journey: song writing and performing her songs live.
Peterson released a five song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013) and a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It on the Radio’ (2014). Many of the songs from “UNBREAKABLE” continue to receive spins on BBC, CBC, various indie and college radio stations and Mediazoic Internet radio. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp.
She was invited to host and perform her original songs in a monthly female singer-songwriter night at the renowned Cameron House. The show was called Girls Girls Girls on the second Saturday of every month, between September 2010 and December 2012, where Melanie, alongside many of Toronto’s top female singer-songwriters, packed the house. Melanie continues to pack the house, anywhere she plays.
“If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter…she sounds just as good live as she does on her album…. She has a beautiful voice and her song writing is tops, too.” ~ Toronto Sun
“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beaches Living