Brian Melo performing in Winona, Ontario in 2007.
August 15, 1982 |
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Sony, Rat Pack, Fontana North, Universal|
|Associated acts||Ryan Malcolm, Kalan Porter, Melissa O'Neil, Eva Avila, Theo Tams, Faber Drive|
Brian Melo (born August 15, 1982) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario who was the winner of the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007. His first studio album, Livin' It, achieved Gold Status in Canada. His second album, The Truth, was released October 2010.
Brian Melo was born in the East End of Hamilton, Ontario to Maria and Augusto Melo, immigrants from São Miguel, Portugal. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School. He professionally trained vocals at the Royans School for the Musical Performing Arts, which also featured Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida. In 1997, Melo sang back-up for Shania Twain as part of a choir and from 2003 he was the lead singer for Hamilton, Ontario alternative/indie band Stoked with guitarist Joe Cacioppo, bassist Rick Fazendeiro, and drummer Paul Fontes.
Canadian Idol 2007
At the time of his Idol audition, Melo was still living in Hamilton and working as a construction worker. He had auditioned for previous seasons of Canadian Idol but had never made it past the judges. In early 2007, he was encouraged by both his best friend Kevin Craig and his brothers Larry and Dave Melo to try again in Toronto. His audition was the first one shown in the television broadcast.
During the finals of the competition, the judges all praised Melo for his emotional performances and his command of the stage. After his performance of "Karma Police" by Radiohead in the Top 5 episode, the audience and judges gave him a standing ovation, with Jake Gold remarking, "I just hope the people at home understand what they just saw. One of the most magic [sic] moments ever on this show." Zack Werner added, "Mr. and Mrs. Melo, your son very well may be the next Canadian Idol. You [Brian] give credibility to the whole damn franchise."
Many of the special guest judges spoke very highly of Brian Melo during the show:
- Brian May of Queen was very impressed with up and coming star. “Brian Melo is the real deal”, he commented live on the show.
- Grammy Winning Vocalist Enrique Iglesias said “It feels as if Brian Melo already has millions of fans out there.”
- Kelly Clarkson was overheard saying she "loved the raspiness in his vocals."
On September 11, 2007, Melo won Canadian Idol, despite having been considered the "dark horse" at the start of the competition, and having landed in the "Bottom Two" twice. He beat Jaydee Bixby for the title, who had never been in the bottom three throughout the entire series.
The finale was viewed by more than 2 million Canadians, and approximately 5 million votes were cast, the most in Canadian Idol history. Brian won by a landslide, with a CTV official stating about the vote difference, "With respect to Brian and Jaydee, the margin is significant enough that out of respect for Jaydee we will not release it."
His first single, "All I Ever Wanted", was released at 12:00 AM on September 13, 2007. The song is also featured on his debut album, Livin' It, which was released on November 27, 2007.
Canadian Idol Performances
|Top 22||"Stereo"||The Watchmen||Advanced|
|Top 18||"Angels"||Robbie Williams||Bottom 4|
|Top 10||"If You Could Only See"||Tonic||Safe|
|Top 9||"Bold As Love"||Jimi Hendrix||Bottom 2|
|Top 8||"She Talks to Angels"||The Black Crowes||Safe|
|Top 7||"Too Much Love Will Kill You"||Queen||Bottom 2|
|Top 6||"The Dolphin's Cry"||Live||Safe|
|Top 5||"Karma Police"||Radiohead||Safe|
|Top 4||"Mack the Knife"
|Top 3||"Whiter Shade of Pale"
|Finale||"This Ain't a Love Song"
"All I Ever Wanted"
Brian Melo (Winner's Single)
k.d. lang & Leonard Cohen
2007-2008: Livin' It
- 2007: Was the winner of Canadian Idol in 2007 which also led to the release of his first single, "All I Ever Wanted".
- 2007: His debut album, Livin' It, was released on November 27, 2007. Brian has 5 co-write credits on the album, more than any other Canadian Idol on their first album.
- 2008: He released his second single, "Shine" off his album Livin' It.
- 2008: On April 11 he released his 3rd single off his album, "Livin' It" called "Summertime".
- 2008: He made a cameo performing appearance on Faber Drive's video, "Sleepless Nights".
- 2008: He performed "Back to Me" on the Canadian Idol 6 finale, where it was confirmed as his 4th single.
- Late 2008: Announced new material is in the works.
- 2009: CTV announces he left Sony BMG to venture out on his own.
2009-2010: The Truth
- 2010: Brian Melo's second album, The Truth, will be released in 2010.[dated info]
- Brian works with acclaimed music producer Harry Hess of Harem Scarem Fame at Vespa Recording Studios. Billy Talent and Three Days Grace have also recorded with Harry Hess at Vespa.
- Brian wrote songs and found inspiration in trendy music hotbeds of Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois. Many of the album’s songs were written in Hamilton.
- A number of the songs on Brian's albums were co-written with tanjola/Universal Canada artist Shiloh, including the debut single 'Soundproof'
- March 2010: Melo holds a private listening party for his new album, suggesting it is completed.
- September 2010: Brian has started his own record label named "Rat Pack Records." He also signed to Fontana North and Universal Music Canada.
- Winner Season 5 of Canadian Idol, 2007.
- The City of Hamilton declares October 12 Brian Melo Day.
- Worked and performed with mentors including Jon Bon Jovi, Queen, Paul Anka, and Maroon Five.
- Has met and worked with Kelly Clarkson, Suzie McNeil, Shiloh, Faber Drive, and Feist.
- Toured across Canada and has performed in historic national venues including the legendary Massey Hall. *Awarded the Nelly Furtado Award by COPA as the Outstanding Portuguese Canadian in 2007.
- Headlined the Azores (Portuguese Islands) most prestigious music festival Angra Rock in August 2008.
- Performed a duet on Faber Drive’s (tour partners) hit single Sleepless Nights (Never Let Her Go).
- Shared the stage during Canadian Music Week with Alanis Morissette.
- 2012 Performed "Eye of the Tiger" for Sylvester Stallone at Carmens Banquet Center in Hamilton, Ontario.
- On many occasions Brian lends his support to the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, where he participated in their programs as a youth. The organization now hosts a Brian Melo scholarship for emerging artists.
- 2009: Announces the release of a new song called "Move and Be Moved" for the charity event MAD 4 Maddie. Whether or not this song will be on his second album is not known.
- Headlined the Charity of Hope gala in March 2009 at Carmen’s in Hamilton. Served as the charity group’s MC in 2010.
- Participated in Me to We Day with Craig Kielberger.
- Supported and helped raise funds for cancer patient Avery at the Ronald McDonald House.
- Sang the Canadian national anthem for a special event honoring Sarah Palin, April 2010.
- Honorary Chair of the Community Child Abuse Council – Hamilton.
- Performed "All You Need is Love" at Haiti fundraiser, Heart for Haiti, in January 2010. Fellow artists included Feist, The Arkells, Finger 11, and Tomi Swick.
- 2010: It has been announced by The Magazine that he will perform the graduation version of the 6teen theme song during its series' finale on Feb. 11.
- 2012: Brian Melo performed at Eden High School to raise money for 'Spread the Net Student Challenge' which is a fundraiser that's done by Rick Mercer.
- 2012 Performed "eye of the tiger" for Sylvester Stallone at carmens banquet center in Hamilton, Ontario.
The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Canadian pop rock singer-songwriter Brian Melo.
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2007||"All I Ever Wanted"||11||—||—||Livin' It|
|"Back to Me"||—||—||—|
|2011||"Anywhere But Here"||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Hamilton Spectator, http://www.thespec.com/article/260472
- "Royans School for the Performing Arts: "Congratulations to our student Brian Melo on being crowned the Winner of Canadian Idol 2007."". Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- YouTube video of episode[dead link]
- "Yahoo Canada News: "Hamilton rocker Brian Melo crowned the new Canadian Idol"". Retrieved 2007-09-12.[dead link]
- Where have all the Idols gone? Calgary Herald