Melanie Dekker - a voice like chocolate.
A Canadian roots music sensation, Melanie Dekker is home to Deep Cove, BC, Canada. She started making a name for herself in the A-Country clubs in Western Canada, with a music diploma in hand…and before long Dekker’s world-class strumming & warm vocal style earned her radio hits in Canada and thousands of concerts and fans. She now tours all over North America & Europe. Her fans experience a sense of connection, they say it is like tasting delicious chocolate. Her self-penned songs weave between emotion and sensibilities, each at a different pace and in a different place. She tours over 100 concerts yearly with 6 CDs in tow; her favourite is her latest 2015 Release ‘Lekker Eh’ which is a live recording from a few combined European concerts and features guitarist David Sinclair. Many of these songs are from her 2013 release “Distant Star” which has sold 12,000 copies. “Distant Star” is a subtly produced album (Producer: Allan Rodger) which takes Melanie’s country influenced voice and surrounds it with folk-pop sounds; it’s a truly beautiful addition to her elaborate discography. Her previous 2011 “Here & Now” (Producer: John Maclean @ The Factory, Vancouver)is more pop influenced and was mostly inspired by Ekhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now. Vancouver is home but Sonoma, California was calling back in 2007 and Melanie’s “Revealed” was born there (Co-produced by David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, Joe Jackson)). Like these artists, Dekker has a special tangible emotive flare. Dekker will move you and laugh with you as her potent songs tug on your heart.
Dekker has opened for Diana Krall & Faith Hill and performed with Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, as well for President William J. Clinton. She’s made a string of popular youtube videos which include her music synched to her plunge at the Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim, her shows at the 2010 Olympics, her own Wisdom tooth removal, her Christmas concerts in Afghanistan, and a romantic run-in with a mannequin (most of these co-produced with artist Len Rooney). Among various songwriting awards, Dekker has been given a Medal of Honour by the Chief of Defence Staff for Canada for her song Fall in/Wounded Soldier, and named an Ambassador for the Kinder Hospiz in Germany for her donated sold-out concerts.
As well as touring 100 shows, Dekker is working on two record projects this year. One will be a collection of Cover songs. And the other, a full new repertoire of songs from her heart.
Banner Photo by Ulli Koebe.
- Diana Krall
- Bryan Adams
- Faith Hill
- Ivan Neville and the Neville All Star Band
- Barney Bentall
- Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)
- Terry Jacks
- Jan Akkerman
- Russell Peters
- Jeremy Fisher
- John Mann (Spirit of the West)
- Robbin Thompson
- Chaka Khan
- Shari Ulrich
- Bob Newhart
- Bif Naked
- David Gogo
- Bill Henderson
- Ryan Dahl (Limblifter)
- April Wine
- Powder Blues
- John Bottomley
- SØS Fenger
- Lars H.U.G.
- San Fran Tech Awards with Les Paul & Steve Miller
- Making it Big TV series
- Edwin McCain
- She Stole My Beer
Favourite films: Across the Universe, Moulin Rouge, Million Dollar Baby, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Forrest Gump, Life is Beautiful, Inside Llewyn Davis, Derek (tv series), Wild Tales
Spare time: Mostly spent outdoors
Sports I like: Tennis, In-line skating, running, hiking, snow-shoeing, skiing
Hates it when: There’s a parking ticket
Loves it when: There is a strong wind
Favourite Books: Desert Flower, City of Thieves, The Kite Runner, The Power of Now, Anti-Cancer, The Last Lecture, Love Signs, Banjo for dummies
Loves: To surprise someone & be surprised
Hates: The word ‘should’
Favourite foods: Sushi, Red Wine, dark chocolate, and almost anything green
Favourite comedians: George Carlin, Louis C.K., Russell Peters, John Cleese, Viktor Borge
Favourite things to do in Vancouver: Run the Seawall, Go to Theatre Sports, Be on a boat in Indian Arm