Chasing Pandora

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Chasing Pandora
Origin Gozo
Genres Folk rock, Pop
Members Melissa Portelli
Vocalist, Lyricist
Keith Anthony
Guitarist, Composer

Chasing Pandora is a Maltese musical duo coming from Gozo. The duo consists of Melissa Portelli and Keith Anthony. Together they sing and play, songwrite and compose. Melissa is the vocalist and lyricist, while Keith Anthony is the guitarist and composer. Together they perform primarily as a simple voice and acoustic guitar duo.

Career[edit]

Both members displayed an affection for music from an early age. Keith started playing when he was 8; Melissa showed interest in poetry writing. As they began working together in music, they both revealed something new about themselves. Keith discovered an ability to write songs, Melissa discovered a soothing voice.

It all started when Melissa was singing in her office where she worked as a secretary. Her boss, Steve Brown, who happens to be the manager of the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and a former Producer/Manager of Elton John at the time was setting up a home recording studio with the help of Keith. He immediately noticed her beautiful voice and asked Keith to compose something on acoustic guitar. Later on he asked Melissa to write the lyrics and a melody for the recording.

Steve Brown now manages and produces Chasing Pandora.

With the release of their debut album Mocking The Mocking Bird in 2007 they caused a stir with Feel the Rain which topped radio charts and CD sales in Malta.

Their next big hit, Memories, made it to many charts in Malta. They also made a low budget video for this song, which was also their first video. Memories is sung by both members. Most of the other songs are sung solely by Melissa.

Mocking The Mocking Bird was re-released early 2009. It consists of new mixes and new songs.

The Driver and the Dancer, their latest album, was released on February 15, 2010.

Discography[edit]

Mocking The Mocking Bird[edit]

Debut Album May 1, 2007

  1. Bedroom
  2. Nothing She Said
  3. Blue Leather Chairs
  4. Mocking Bird
  5. I Know
  6. Divine
  7. Fully Loaded
  8. Bleed
  9. Daisy Lane
  10. Noisy Spaces
  11. Feel the Rain (their biggest hit.)
  12. Hush Little Baby

Two[edit]

E.P. June 2, 2008

  1. Only Yesterday
  2. No One Else
  3. Memories
  4. Me and You

Wide Eyed Beautiful[edit]

E.P. December 2008

  1. Wide Eyed Beautiful
  2. Someone
  3. You Don't Wanna Know
  4. Anywhere But Here

Mocking The Mocking Bird[edit]

International Compilation June 2009

  1. Bedroom
  2. You Don't Wanna Know
  3. Someone
  4. Only Yesterday
  5. Nothing She Said
  6. No One Else
  7. Divine
  8. I Know
  9. Mocking Bird
  10. Bleed
  11. Noisy Spaces
  12. Anywhere But Here
  13. Hush Little Baby

The Driver and the Dancer[edit]

February 2010

  1. Time
  2. The Tree
  3. Escape
  4. Lost Myself in You
  5. The Distance Between Us
  6. Running in Circles
  7. Dear John
  8. Burning Skies
  9. The Driver and the Dancer
  10. Dragonfly
  11. O Woman
  12. Sleep Baby Sleep

Quotes[edit]

  • "The album contains unlimited talent and inspiration, my hairs stood on end and I was blown away with the intensity of it all."
    Peter Grech (Tune In Magazine) – about Mocking The Mocking Bird
  • "All the songs are deeply engaging, it will be embraced by those with an ear for an alternative kind of pop for its sensitivity, delicate yet peculiarly uplifting essence."
    Michael Bugeja (Manic Magazine) – about Mocking The Mocking Bird
  • "There seem to be a free spirit with this excellent Maltese band that brings hope to a world stuffed full of hype and greed"
    Music Week Magazine
  • "This should be released to enable access to a wider market – Forget 'in ya face' mainstream this is what popular music should be about"
    Rock Society Magazine
  • "These Maltesers are an appetising prospect indeed"
    The Fly Magazine
  • "Classy melodies, aching human emotion and considerable musicianship – repeated listening brings its own reward"
    Acoustic Magazine
  • "Each song contains expressive, symbolic words and swimming pros – Chasing Pandora perform with imagination and great ease, they kept the audience engaged throughout the whole show, the only crowd noise was applause"
    The Independent newspaper