Indiegogo Campaign – Final Day!

It’s your last chance to get involved in my Indeogogo new album fundraising campaign!

I’m 50% funded on my new album fundraising campaign. And though that may sound like failure, to me it is not. I know times are tough and you folks reached into your pockets and contributed despite this and now, at the very least, I can get this new EP recorded!

If you’d like to contribute on the very last day, and help me get to 60% funded, I will be forever in your debt! That will enable me to hire a publicist to get the word out there in March when the album drops. And in return you will be among the first to own the 6 best songs I have written and recorded thus far. HERE is the link for your consideration.

Thanks you SO MUCH for being a friend and a fan. Can’t wait to share these new songs with you!

Hugs and mushy stuff always,

Melanie

32% funded and Save The Date!

Dear friends,

For those of you who have contributed to my ‘We Got This – Side 2’ fundraising campaign, I can’t thank you enough. I am 32% funded with 5 days left in the campaign. This means the studio is paid for AND the musicians. Now I am hoping to raise enough funding to pay my talented producer Mitch Girio.

Here Mitch and I discuss ideas at Revolution Recording while engineer Luke Schindler keeps an eye on things in the live room.

For those of you who don’t know Mitch Girio, he is a Montreal born music producer/composer who, as he puts it, “works in the bowels of Scarborough, Ontario” at his home studio The Slow Cooker. He also plays guitar for me live and on almost all my albums/singles. That really cool guitar riff at the top of “Back To You” the lead track on’We Got This’? That’s Mitch. Anywhere you hear a cool guitar part on one of my songs, that’s Mitch. For the last two decades Mitch has worked on over 150 albums. Along the way he has worked with Emma Lee, Jose Contreras (By Divine Right), Tamara Williamson, Barzon and Morgan Doctor, just to name a few. I am especially thrilled to be working with him again on this EP as he always goes way above and beyond the call of duty for his artists and he isn’t about the money. Most producers will tell you they charge $700-$1000.00 per song. Mitch charges just a little over that for a whole EP! It’s about the art for him. He is a true artist.

Here’s Mitch joining us live at The Dakota Tavern. He is just about to do something super tasty on the electric guitar.

I know many of you still hope to contribute in the remaining days of my campaign, and it would mean so much if you do. The sooner the better so I can rest assured my talented producer will get paid his very reasonable rate. You can check out my funding campaign and all the rewards HERE. Also, if you have any questions, or substitution ideas for perks, feel free to email me at melanieacts@hotmail.com

IN OTHER NEWS I will be releasing a new music video later this month. Can’t wait to share it with you!

AND Save The Date: Saturday Nov 20th I will be back at Sauce on the Danforth and for those of you based here in Toronto, I hope you’ll join me!

Thanks so much for being a friend and fan.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

Photo by Nick Lim

Indiegogo and getting Saucy

Dear friends,

ICYMI two weeks ago I launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to enable me to potentially record and release 6 new songs for an EP to be titled ‘We Got This – Side 2’ a companion EP to November 2020’s ‘We Got This’.

I’m 18% funded!

This may not sound like a lot, but it’s a good start. I have to thank those who backed this project so far. Thank you for believing in me right out of the gate! Because of you I have been able to book the studio – the best studio in the city: Revolution Recording (the same studio where we recorded ‘We Got This’) I could not have done this without you!

Here’s what’s next: hiring the musicians and engineer. Producer Mitch Girio and I are endeavoring to hire the same team from ‘We Got This’ : Luke Schindler (engineer), Mark Mariash (drums) Alex McMaster (cello), Jill Daley (violin) Amanda Penner (viola) and, of course, hunky Peter Collins (bass). We are especially excited to have Mark Mariash on drums again as he always goes above and beyond in the studio when laying down drum takes for each song. Then he takes the tracks home after the session and thoughtfully adds shaker, tambourine, triangle and other fun percussive sounds to spice up the tracks – no extra charge. He’s a pro who has played with Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith and Molly Johnson, to name a few, not to mention playing on Buffy Saint Marie’s ‘Power In The Blood” album which was the 2015 Polaris Prize and a 2015 Juno winner.

Mark Mariash and his golden kit at Revolution Recording for ‘We Got This’

I know many of you still hope to contribute in the remaining 14 days of my campaign and it would mean so much if you do. The sooner the better so we can reach out to our musicians. You can check out the campaign and all the rewards HERE. Also if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at melanieacts@hotmail.com (I am flexible with the rewards if there is something you have in mind, let me know!)

IN OTHER NEWS I’m looking forward to playing live in Toronto THIS Saturday Sept 25th for a matinee at Sauce on the Danforth. I’ll be joined by hunky Peter Collins on bass and lucky Peter Lambert on drums. The show will run 4-6pm, with two sets.

The show will take place on the patio as part of Sauce’s Cafe TO Patio Series and if there is rain the show will move inside. So, bring your passports!

Hope to see you out, if you’re in and around the Danforth.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

We Got This – Side Two (!)

Hi friends!

I hope all is well with you. I am as busy as a beaver and that suits me just fine, being Canadian and all!

But I am writing to share some great news with you….

We’ve know each other for quite awhile. So, you know me and what I’ve been accomplishing with my last EP ‘We Got This’.

Now I have launched the ‘We Got This – Side 2’ campaign to raise funds to record and release a new six song EP. You can peruse my new campaign HERE Don’t miss the music videos if you’ve yet to see them!

Here’s the thing: it’s important to reach a 25% goal within 96 hours after the campaign launches. So, if you like my music and can help out with a contribution I will be forever grateful. (As usual I have lots of fun perks for you to choose from as I would never as you for a contribution with nothing in it for you.)

So, if you can get on board, let’s get this train a-rollin’!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

PS- on another note (see what I did there?) I will be performing LIVE (gasp!) and online this Friday Sept 10th at 8pm EST. If you are Toronto based and up for a night out I hope you’ll come to the show! Details HERE If you would like to tune in to the live stream you can do so HERE Either way, it’s going to be an incredible night of live music, at a unique venue and I’ll be joined by hunky Peter Collins on bass and lucky Pete Lambert on the suitcase (yes, you read that right!) I’ll be playing your favourite Melanie Peterson songs as well as a brand new song written this past summer called “Lifeguard”. So excited! This show is not to be missed and it goes without saying I’d love to see you there, in person or virtually! xox

Mary Poppins Returns

Dear friends!

I’ve got a new video to share with you! Remember when I release my first album “Unbreakable” the BBC dubbed me “Mary Poppins with a broken heart?” Well I ran with it for this new video! I hope you like my Mary Poppins inspired lyric video for “Tailspin” from my recent EP ‘We Got This’. I hope will be kind enough to like it and share it. It’s my goal to get to 1000 views by the end of the month. With your help, I’m sure I can do it! Watch the video, which will be officially released on Tuesday, in advance HERE and feel free to share the private link with those you think might enjoy the video/song. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my YouTube channell, I’ve lots

“Everything is possible, even the impossible” – Mary Poppins

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo

FRIDAY: Live-stream and Live Show!

Hey there,

Don’t forget to join me THIS Friday, July 23rd at 8pm EST for my first ever live-streamed live concert!

In case you missed the Facebook/Instagram/Twitter announcements:

  • We will be playing an hour long set of mostly original songs, one brand new song(!) and one cover song with two surprise guests joining us for said song
  • The show will be streamed from my Facebook music page
  • The concert will take place in Toronto, at Annette Studios(566 Annette Street): a recording studio/music venue/chapel (yes, you read that right)

RSVP and more info HERE

If coming to the in-person show, be sure to let me know so I can save your spot!

Can’t make it in person? CLICK HERE to watch from the comfort of your own home and I’ll look forward to responding to your comments either during the show or after the fact.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

BRAND NEW SONG!!

Dear friends,

I recently had the distinct pleasure of writing and recording a song for the podcast “Streams and Variations” an anthology series of original songs and monologues, blending different genres and styles to create a new experience for fans of short fiction and storytelling through music. For each episode, a new monologue is given to a songwriter. That songwriter then writes a song inspired by the monologue. That song is then given to a different writer, who writes a new monologue. Which is given to a songwriter. And so on. Like a game of broken telephone, each artist has only seen the work that immediately precedes and inspires their own. And each artist only has one week (gasp!) to create their work before passing it on. I’m very pleased to report that Episode Nine of Streams & Variations includes my new song “On The Corner Of Your Street” and is now available for download through the major platforms. You can listen online HERE

Can’t wait to hear what you think.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

Thank you!

It’s been over a week since our May live-stream concert and I just wanted to say thank you so much for your continued support and for tuning in to the show. Above is a behind the scenes clip of Peter and I playing Log Cabin during the show as Nick Lim, our camera man, was moving around catching different angles with his iPhone. It was a pretty epic show, especially as I played all three of my guitars, played the bass live for the first time with Peter Collins on the geetar live for the first time! Not to mention we debuted a BRAND NEW TUNE (Pedestal), and Lucky Pete played the violin on We Got This for the first time EVER. Pretty epic for a living room concert.

Here is the LINK TO WATCH, in case you missed the show.

In other news – I have six new tunes on the way!

My Patrons will be among the first to hear the new music, getting access early, as membership has its privileges. I love being able to give my Patrons exclusive access to unreleased songs and photos! If you are not already a Patron you can check out how to become one HERE.

The official release wont be until the fall. These next six tunes are Chapter Two of “We Got This”, or as Peter likes to say: We Still Got This. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Meantime, we have shows in the works for July! Pencil in July 23rd for a potential live show that will also be live streamed! ALSO I will be doing my first YouTube performance in July so if you’d like to be notified about that, please subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE.

Take good care out there, stay safe and see you soon!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo

Melanie Peterson Live on Line – Tonight!

Hey friends!

I hope you are excited for my live stream performance this evening, I know I am!

For easy access, here’s the link again to watch the show: Click Here

See you at 8pm EST.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo

I’m live on line again Friday May 21 at 8pm!

A friendly reminder that Friday May 21st at 8pm EST I’m once again hitting the live stream stage (read: my living room) for an hour of incredible music with hunky Peter Collins on bass and lucky Pete Lambert on drums.

WATCH HERE, and please help me spread the word!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

P.S. – have you checked out my PATREON page? Lots of exclusive opportunities to connect, stay in touch and be among the first to hear the new music I am creating! I’d love to see you there.