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“Trouble” Named A Semi-Finalist In This Year’s International Songwriting Competition

February 20, 2014 · Read more »

We received some great news this month that our new original song “Trouble” has been named a semi-finalist in this year’s International Songwriting Competition! We haven’t released the track yet, since it will be a featured single on our new album “Witness”, but we’d like to offer a sneak peak for you!

You can check out “Trouble” by clicking here! It’s best listened to loud :)

Thanks for Nothing Hyundai/Grammys

December 15, 2013 · Read more »

I was just checking out some contest the Grammys are running called “Grammy Amplifier”. They’re doing it along with Hyundai as a sponsor.

While I at first thought this might be a cool opportunity to share some of my music, I soon found out about some interesting details in the “Official Rules”…

Uploading a Submission [song] constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsors a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes.

For those less-inclined to read “legalese”, the translation is “once you submit your original song to this contest, we get to use it whenever and however we want to market stuff and we’ll never have to pay you a dime”.

I guess even though the Grammys are supposed to support music, and even though Hyundai is a worldwide conglomerate with marketing budgets that dwarf the GDP of some smaller countries… it’s just too much to ask that either of them pay artist’s for their music.

Is it surprising? No… but it is disappointing.

Oh well… back to the studio for me… :-D

9th Annual Voices Carry

October 3, 2013 · Read more »

I was honored to be part of this year’s 9th Annual Voices Carry event held at Stage AE on October 1st. The event is Auberle’s largest annual fundraiser to provide opportunities, programs and services for the more than 2,300 at-risk children and families Auberle serves each year.

The event was hosted by Randy Baumann from the WDVE morning show and featured a concert showcasing some of Pittsburgh’s best talent including Rick Witkowski, Donnie Iris, Scott Blasey and Joe Gruschecky. This was my first time performing at the event and decided to cover “Me and Bobby McGee”, which was super fun to perform with Rick Witkowski and his all star band!

The event was a huge success and helped to raise over $132,000 for Auberle children and families!

Here’s a great review of the night from Pittsburgh Music Magazine: http://pittsburghmusicmagazine.com/2013/10/02/voices-carry-is-the-pittsburgh-all-star-event-of-the-year-at-stage-ae/

 

Melinda Voices Carry

Photo by Robin Seeber

 

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