Melody is a singer/songwriter with many years’ experience writing, performing, recording and playing. She played her music in various original rock bands as a teenager and young adult and has continued with various collaborations in recent years.
Her style is something different. Her guitar style draws from folk instruments of ancient civilizations and far away places. In the vein of Stephen Stills and Chris Cornell, she uses the guitar to echo a drone instrument, often playing in an uncommon alternate tuning shown to her by fellow singer-songwriter, Brian Premo. She favors metal, progressive rock and math rock and her music sometimes leans toward those entities. Melody is soothing singer, described as “haunting” and sometimes soulful and heavy.
In 2008, her dream come true band began-The Best Dream. The band played fun, high energy indie rock to audiences in Syracuse and area festivals and recorded an EP album. The band gave her a whole new inspiration for her music and collaborated on some of her songs. The band dissolved in 2010, when each member went on to pursue other music and life goals.
Melody continued writing songs. These songs became the album The World of My Dreams, a five song EP, which Melody recorded at Watchmen Studios in Buffalo, NY and independently released in 2012. The disc incorporates the juxtaposing styles of emotionally intense rock n roll and soft, melodic acoustic folk music. Several musician friends played instruments on the album, including drummer Ronald Lickers (BML, Goodbye Ronnie) and Melody’s dad, Ronald Calley and Dale Walker on electric bass guitar/synth.
Melody moved to Joshua Tree, California in 2013. There, she played drums in a new trash rock band called The Smoothies. She collaborated with musicians in LA including Josh Thomas, with whom she wrote and released the rock song “The Unveiling” which is available on bandcamp. She is also writing a new solo album in her home recording studio, exploring the realm of progressive/instrumental rock. Melody currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee area, in which she is collaborating with several others on songs.
She hopes to get a band together to go on tour.