Fans have dubbed soul-pop singer-songwriter Melany Watson’s aesthetic as “soul tronica” because of its entrancing mix of modern and classic soul with a dash of EDM ambience. Melany’s musicality embraces soul, especially 1990s pop-soul artists like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and a tastefully textured vibe that conjures modern electronic music. A deeper dive into her musicality reveals her songcraft is steeped in singer-songwriter icons like Carole King, the classic phrasing of Etta James, and the storyteller lineage of country music passed on to her from her Texas upbringing. Her debut EP, Lilith In Virgo, produced Ross Bridgeman, is a defining release where a young artist has come into her own and transcended the boundaries of her influences. The EP will be preceded by the single and accompanying video, “Illuminate.”
Thematically, the album covers love and self-empowerment, and there is a relationship arc tucked in the tracks. The invigorating soul-pop and heart-rattling emotiveness of the EP leadoff single, “Illuminate,” is a searching song about what it means to be a soulmate. The EP is bookended by slow burn D’Angelo-esque tracks “Easy Love” and “Bittersweet,” co-written with Mark Palmer and Andrea White from the acclaimed modern soul group The Hipstones.
Melany previously has performed with Trisha Yearwood on PBS National Television for "Christmas at Belmont,” she was a Top 100 Finalist on NBC’s Season 6 of The Voice, and she recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon singing background vocals for YouTube pop star sensation Tori Kelly. Melany is represented by the exclusive performing rights organization SEASAC. This summer, she was awarded the highly coveted Abe Olman Scholarship, joining highly respected previous winners such as John Legend, Comic Heroes, Nenna Yvonne and Keli Price. Melany’s songwriting has also been praised in the tastemaking publication, American Songwriter with a plum “Daily Discovery” feature. Currently, she’s a staff vocalist for Vamnation and a professional plus-size model with NYC TRUE Model Management.