Thanks to Pittsburgh Today Live & CBS for having us on their show to talk about our new music video and upcoming performances!
A few pics from the set featuring Kristian Habenicht, Cara Garofalo, Melinda Colaizzi & host Kristine Sorensen!
Watch our cover of the classic song "I Put A Spell On You" live at Pittsburgh Winery!
In advance of our live in studio performance at the WYEP broadcast center on Thursday, November 19th, I was invited to be a guest DJ on 91.3FM WYEP's Coffeehouse Conversations. Thanks so much to host Adam Kukic, for giving me the opportunity to select some of my favorite tunes, chat about the Blues and discuss the inspiration for our new music video "Keeper of the Flame".
We're excited to share the premier of our very first music video with you for our original song"Keeper of the Flame".
Watch it here by visiting https://youtu.be/_
I was inspired to write "Keeper of the Flame" around the time B.B. King was passing. I kept thinking to myself that all of the blues legends are fading fast, and when they're gone, who would be left to keep that music alive?
If you enjoy the video, please be sure to share it with your friends, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and give it a "like"!
The video was directed by Tom Kurlander of Pale Blue Entertainment, and features Kristian Habenicht on guitar, Cara Garofalo on violin, and myself on vocals.
We were honored to win first place at the 2015 91.3fm WYEP & Dos Equis singer/songwriter competition this year! Over the summer, there were several rounds of performances throughout the city, and the top winners from each performed on August, 24th, 2015. "Keeper of the Flame" was the song we selected to enter the competition. Part of our prize was a live performance spot at the WYEP studios in South Side on November 19th. Check out our shows section for details on how you can attend!
The 21st annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival is taking place July 24-26th at Hartwood Acres! This year's lineup includes Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush & Marcia Ball to name a few!
I'll be part of this year's can't miss B.B. King tribute on Free Friday of the festival! Check out the below article to find out how you can get a sweet ticketing promo code & help end hunger!
Hello! Today we released our latest original song "Keeper of the Flame". This song was written by me & Kristian and features the lovely violin sounds of Cara Garofalo & Kristian on acoustic guitar.
I was inspired to write this song as we continue to lose the great legends of blues music. Coincidentally, I finished tracking the song the day B.B. King passed.
The track is available to download now over at Bandcamp, and we'll have it up on all of the streaming services soon! Hope you enjoy, and please share if you do :)
We're over the moon excited to share the cover with Stevie Ray Vaughan in issue 81 of Blues Matters magazine! Thanks to our new friends over at BM for the awesome interview and review of Witness and for their continued support!
Blues Underground Network Review: With just her vocals alone, Melinda has already carved out a unique and creative niche for herself and when you add everything else up, I must say there is no stopping this immense talent." - John Vermilyea
Thanks to the Blues Underground Network for this review of "Witness": http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/Melinda_CD2.html
Blues Rock Review: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones combined to form one artist, look no further than Melinda.
Thanks to Blues Rock Review for their write up on "Witness"!
"With a strong and raspy voice and excellent musicianship, Melinda has crafted an album that belongs in every blues/rock fan’s catalogue." -Liz Lohnes
Check out the full review here: http://bluesrockreview.com/2014/07/melinda-witness-review.html
We are honored to be featured in Blues Magazine, based in the Netherlands. Thanks for this wonderful review of "Witness"!
Check it out here: http://www.bluesmagazine.nl/recensie-melinda-witness/
Thanks to Jeffrey Sisk at Pittsburgh In Tune for the awesome review!
You can check it out here: http://pghintune.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/pittsburgh-native-melinda-colaizzi-impresses-with-bluesy-witness/
We're offering a pretty sweet limited edition CD release wine that will be served and sold at our CD release show Saturday, June 14th at Pittsburgh Winery (http://www.pittsburghwinery.com/). This is one of two designs that will be featured! You can also stop by the winery for a free tasting and to purchase a bottle during their normal business hours. Cheers! Melinda
"Melinda could find her musical ancestors in the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Susan Tedeschi. Her vocals have such depth, they recall Aretha Franklin at times."- Andy Mulkerin City Paper
Check out the rest of today's Pittsburgh City Paper feature here: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/melinda-colaizzi-releases-her-first-full-length-of-bluesy-rock/Content?oid=1757653
Our first full length album Witness has just been released today!
To get your hands on the music, you can buy the CD right here on my website (which includes a digital download of the album too). If you prefer just the MP3s, you can buy those here. Or you can download the album at iTunes or Amazon. And if you're a fan of Spotify or Rdio, the album is available there, too!
What can you expect of the new album? Blues and R&B infused rock including 6 new original songs, 2 covers of classic tunes originally recorded by the Rolling Stones & Black Crowes, swampy guitar & raw emotional vocals.
I've spent the last few years writing, producing, & recording the tracks in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh & Minneapolis with guitarist Kristian Habenicht. I also co-wrote "Time Runnin' Dry" with Kevin Bowe, who produced "Witness" & "Your Turn To Cry" as well.
Click here to take a listen to "Witness" in it's entirety here on my website.
And don't forget, I'll be performing songs from the new album, along with a few other surprises, this Saturday, June 14th at the Pittsburgh Winery. Get your tickets here!
Get your tickets while they're still available here: http://www.showclix.com/event/MelindaCDRelease or call ShowClix at 1.888.71.TICKETS
Get ready for the release of "Witness" our first full length album, which will be released on 6.10.14! More details coming soon!
We are so excited for the release of our first full length album "Witness" and to celebrate we're hosting a CD release party and show on Saturday, June 14th at Pittsburgh Winery.
If you purchase your tickets in advance online, your ticket will include a FREE copy of our new CD. This offer does not apply for at the door sales the night of the show. To get your tickets please call ShowClix at 1.888.71.TICKETS or visit this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/3819882
We'll also be selling limited edition Melinda wine at the show! Hope to see you there!
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 :)
I was just checking out some contest the Grammys are running called Grammy Amplifier. They are doing it along with Hyundai as a sponsor...
I was honored to be part of the 9th Annual Voices Carry event held at Stage AE on October 1st. The event is the largest annual fundraiser Auberle holds to provide opportunities, programs and services for the more than 2,300 at-risk children and families Auberle serves each year.
We are excited to perform live at the Pittsburgh Winery on Thursday, July 25th! We will be performing full band along with special guest Chris Yakopcic...
54 years ago today, The Rolling Stones released their album Beggars Banquet.
We are honored that our original song Leave Your Key has been selected for the new CD Blues From The Burgh 3.
Check out how we shake our hips with our live video of "Hip Shake"...
Thanks to the readers of The Pittsburgh City Paper for selecting me and my band as the #1 blues performer/band in Pittsburgh!! I could not be more honored and love my hometown fans!
Bluespowr.com names The Hard Way blues lyrics of the week...
Click post to read the latest review from The BluesPowR Blog...
Click post to read Blues Matters Magazine Review of Don't Be Sweet...
Melinda has been chosen out of thousands of artists to participate in the Artist on the Verge competition. Click on the post for more details and to see how you can be a judge!
Fresh of the presses is another great article featuring my music, this time over at the home of American Blues News, AmeriBlues.com.
I have a chance to play the 2010 Crossroads Music Festival with Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and need your help!
SingerUniverse Magazine is headed by A&R executive Dale Kawashima. SingerUniverse Magazine presents a wide range of articles of interest to singers, artists, managers, agents, record producers, plus the music community and fans in general. Click post to read Melinda's featured article.
I am really excited to tell everyone that my song Don't Be Sweet was recently voted #1 at Ourstage.com!
My song What If has been ranked #5 on OurStage for September 2009. This is the third time the song has made it to the top 10 on OurStage this year.
Melinda featured as Blue Blood artist in the Apr/May 2009 addition of Blues Matters Magazine
Melinda has been chosen as a semi finalist in the International Songwriting Contest for the 2008 Blues Category.
For those who want to look further then just blues maybe will find their ‘thing’ with Melinda. She mixes blues and rock in a perfect way till its one whole piece of outstanding music.
Melinda's songs recently added to the Main Blues Project. If you are a lover of blues and rock music you MUST check out the Maine Blues Project Radio Stream.
Help "What If" climb the charts of OurStage.com... Click to read more and find out how you can vote! There's $5000 at stake!
Latest music updates including information on new track for Megatrax Studio and Melinda's newest recording projects, tour, and upcoming debut album.
The third annual WesFest concert was held on February 25 at Paladino's in Tarzana, CA. Danny Mo and the Exciters featuring the 2007 recipient of the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship, Claire Finley, performed with Melinda '04 (vocals), Kristian Habenicht '05 and Rick Musallam (guitars), and Joe Travers (drums).
Thanks to all your votes I am a Semi-Finalist in Gather.com's First Tracks-The Search for America's Best Music Talent. Now, I need your vote to be a featured artist in the final 5!!!
Bumble Bee Slim's Saturday Night Blues show on 91.3 WYEP in Pittsburgh debuted my song "What If" for the first time on national radio.
I am competing in a contest being held at Gather.com, called First Tracks: The Search for America's Best Music Talent.
My success in the contest is in your hands! The top 5 artists chosen will perform in New York City for the chance to win a major recording deal with Decca Records. Voting begins on March 3, 2008. Please click on the image to vote for my song, or just click here. Your support is appreciated. Spread the word and link below to all your friends!
I will be performing at this year's WesFest with Danny Mo and the Exciters. Other acts include Andrew Gouche, The Mike Keneally Band, Kira Small, and Mother Eff. The show is benefiting a special cause and paying tribute to Wes Wehmiller, former bassist of Duran Duran.
Honored with the Aerosmith Endowment Award at Berklee College of Music's Annual Spring Awards in recognition of outstanding musical and academic achievement.
Melinda named as one of the top 5 vocalist of the month competition! www.singeruniverse.com