Mel Sanson

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Mel Sanson
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Background information
Birth nameMelanie Anne Sanson
Born (1979-07-28) 28 July 1979 (age 42)
Chertsey, Surrey, England
GenresAlternative, grunge, rock, punk, post-hardcore, slowcore
Occupation(s)Musician, Singer and Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, percussion
Years active2005 - Current (musician)
Websitehttp://www.melsanson.com

Mel Sanson (born 28 July 1979) is an English musician and singer-songwriter most notable for performing lead vocals and guitar with Rock band Kenelis and Murder Ballad duet ‘White Lillies' with Fairuza Balk.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and career[edit]

Mel was born in Chertsey, Surrey, England and finished her high school years in Camberley, Surrey. Mel is married to Jennifer Sanson since 2018 who is an analogue photographer.[7][8]

Kenelis[edit]

In 2008, Mel and her band members performed with Ghost of a Thousand & Fightstar at Guilfest’s 2008’s Rocksound Cave.[9] In January 2009 the band released their first album Remember How It Felt, produced by Angus Cowan. In 2010, the band played numerous Pride stages all over the UK including Brighton Pride, Cardiff Mardis Gras, Birmingham Pride, Sheffield Pride, Nottingham Pride and Suffolk Pride.[10][11] In 2011 Mel moved to Brighton and in 2012 the new Kenelis EP MOVE was released on Mel's own label, Sanson Records. Produced by Chris Coulter. Show’s included Indigo2 at The O2, Greenwich, Ep track ‘GFY’ on Balcony TV in the summer followed by the band’s EP launch at The 100 Club. Kenelis continued to perform regular shows on the London Underground scene as well as continuing to play Pride and festival stages including supporting Arcane Roots and Soulfly at Guilfest Big Cheese Cave, until their final shows at Brighton and Hove Pride and Under The Bridge supporting Republica.[12] In 2013 Kenelis won Brighton Music Award - Viewers Choice where Mel met lead singer of Republica, Saffron Sprackling.[13][14][15][16]

LGBTQ+ Activism[edit]

In 2012 Mel appeared on the 2012 charity single 'It Does Get Better' created by The L Project. The single benefitted LGBTQ charities and was written in response to the suicide of LGBTQ teenagers.‘It Does Get Better’ not only had chart success but won Outstanding contribution to the LGBTQ Community - 2012.[17][18] Mel volunteered to be the Artist Liaison and Promoter for live music stages at Brighton and Hove Pride 2012, Brighton and Hove Pride 2013 and Brighton and Hove Pride 2014.[19][20][21][22]

Auxesis[edit]

The band began in 2016 when singer/songwriter Mel Sanson started writing songs with lead guitarist Jack Rowan. Alec Greaves joined the band on drums and the three-piece went into the studio with Mark Roberts and recorded their debut EP, Swallow The Sun. Shows included The Cowley Club, The Quadrant, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar in Brighton and The Black Heart in London. In September 2017 the band performed their final show at the Prince Albert in Brighton.[23][24]

Armed Love Militia[edit]

In 2017 Mel starting writing dark melancholic grungy folk songs. Later, Fairuza Balk invited Mel to be part of Armed Love Militia music collaboration project. Fairuza sent Mel an Appalachian folk/murder ballad style song called ‘White Lilies' and thought it would sound really great with some harmonies. Mel recorded the track with Fairuza live in one take in downtown LA.[1][25][26][27]

Discography[edit]

  • Nobody See’s Me (But You) - Single 2007
  • Drained - Single - 2008
  • Remember How It Felt - Album 2009
  • Jealous - Single 2011
  • Fake - Album 2011
  • Move - EP 2012
  • Ghost - Single - 2018
  • The L Project - It Does Get Better 2012 - single
  • Armed Love Militia - White Lilles with Fairuza Balk 2021 - EP lead track[28][29][30][31]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "UK lesbian artists band together to combat homophobic bullying". www.diversityrolemodels.org. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
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  5. ^ "'Lesbians Go Loud & Live' for Lesbian Visibility Day 2020, Sunday, April 26". 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  6. ^ "U.K. lesbian musical acts record charity single "It Does Get Better" to counter homophobic bullying". The Georgia Straight. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
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  8. ^ "Mel Sanson". www.indiebandsblog.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  9. ^ "It'll be a scream, promises Mel". SurreyLive. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  10. ^ "Brighton to host fifth Student Pride event". PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  11. ^ "Guilfest 2009 Lineup!". Skiddle.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  12. ^ "Kenelis - Gfy Presented by Mickey". Balcony TV. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  13. ^ "Gscene Gay/LGBT Magazine. News, Reviews & Listings for Gay/LGBT Brighton, UK, Gay Media, Pride performers Kenelis win BMA Viewers' Choice Award". Scene Magazine. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  14. ^ "The Brighton Music Awards". Latest Bars Ltd. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
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  23. ^ "JoanOvArc The Black Heart, Camden 9 November 2016". Your Online Magazine for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  24. ^ Katie (2016-11-15). "JOANovARC "Ride Your Life" album launch – The Black Heart, Camden (9th Nov 2016)". The Moshville Times. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  25. ^ Burke, Fiona. "Charity single It Does Get Better: Hope for victims of homophobic bullying". The Upcoming. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  26. ^ "Fairuza Balk: How She Survived Returning To Oz". Giant Freakin Robot. 2020-09-27. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  27. ^ "Armed Love Militia - White Lillies Teaser 2 Chords - Chordify". chordify.net. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
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  29. ^ "Kenelis 'Move' EP Launch". The Rocktologist. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  30. ^ Drained - Single | Kenelis Lyrics, Song Meanings, Videos, Full Albums & Bios, retrieved 2021-05-07
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