photo: Trish Balcom
Upcoming 2013 Shows
Selkirk Promusica presents Melody Diachun in Concert
Every Tuedsay, 6 to 10 pm
The Library Lounge at The Hume Hotel
The Romans had a saying. "Your name is your destiny."
Juno and National Jazz Awards nominee Melody Diachun is a case in point. She is a celebrated singer, songwriter, performer, teacher, and recording artist.
With a father who sings, plays piano, and writes songs, 'Melody' was "…the perfect name, until I started singing, too." Birthday cake candles from the age of five were blown out with an annual secret wish to live a life in music. Three critically-acclaimed albums and countless performances since, maybe the Romans were onto something.
"One of the biggest compliments I get is when people tell me they don't like jazz, but they really like what I do. I call it 'gateway jazz'…"
With influences from Miles Davis to Joni Mitchell to Prince, Melody has been hailed as "a jazz singer of the first order" (Times Colonist). A warm and sincere performer, she offers her listeners grooving originals, standards, and jazzy takes on much loved pop songs with "that friendliness that makes listening a relaxing, joyous occasion" (Yorkton This Week).
A favourite of the CBC, Melody's albums "Lullaby of the Leaves" (2002), "Dreams & Places" (2006) and "EQ" (2008) are all on regular rotation on national and local radio. Television appearances include Melody's own episode of the series "Jazzman", which airs on BRAVO!TV and The BET Network, and a guest appearance and performance on Joy TV's "P3: People, Places and Perspectives".
Melody was the first vocalist admitted to the McGill University's jazz performance program in which she earned her Bachelor of Music degree "with distinction" in Jazz Voice. She also studied privately with vocalist Sheila Jordan in New York City. Melody has been awarded several scholarships, grants and awards including a Short-term Grant from Canada Council for the Arts and a 10K20 Recording Grant from Ralwco Radio.
The life in music that was once a wish has taken Melody from Nova Scotia to Montreal to Vancouver, with stints in New York and Banff in between. Today she and her husband, guitarist-bassist and "musical accomplice" Doug Stephenson, live and play in Nelson, British Columbia, where Melody was hired on to teach singing and songwriting at Selkirk College's Contemporary Music & Technology program.