Melanie is a classically-trained singer with a 3.5-octave range. A two-time Carnegie Hall performer, she will return to the stage a third time in January 2018 to join DCINY in a world premiere of a new work from renowned Welsh composer Karl Jenkins (pictured with Melanie above) titled Sing! The Music Was Given. You can also hear Melanie sing in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which will debut in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Melanie's immense love for Korean culture and music was kindled when she discovered samulnori, a style of percussion played with traditional Korean instruments. Though she has basic proficiency in all four instruments used in samulnori, her favorite is the janggoo, the hourglass-shaped drum you can see her playing in the above video.
Melanie also plays the Otamatone, which...you just have to see for yourself. Check out the video above for Melanie's Otamatone cover of "I Can See Clearly Now", in the style of Johnny Nash, and click here for more videos and info about the Otamatone. Keep an eye out for her act, "Melanie Plays The Otamatone Poorly But Fervently", on the streets and in local venues in LA.
Melanie picked up the mandolin in October 2017 and dove in headfirst, learning on the go by jamming with musicians all over LA. You can catch her performing in Irish trad sessions most Wednesdays 8-11PM at Griffins of Kinsale in South Pasadena, and the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Macleod Ale Brewing Co. in Van Nuys. And bluegrass, sometimes, too, in other places, when she feels like it.
Melanie LOVES collaborating with other musicians for performances and beyond! Feel free to get in touch if you have a cool idea you'd like to bring to life with Melanie!
Melanie also plays the spoons, the kazoo (she's an expert; ask her to play next time you see her, as she usually has one on her person and is happy to oblige) and some other stuff (see above video), including harmonica. With her nose.
Go ahead. Test her on that one.
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, featuring Melanie as "Helen", won the 2018 Sundance Film Festival US Dramatic Grand Jury Award--the top prize in the festival.
USA Today: "Sundance awards grand jury prize to 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'"
Review: The Guardian
Melanie appears on the season finale of Ryan Murphy's FEUD: Bette and Joan, now available on Amazon and iTunes.