|Birth name||Melinda-Jane Bean|
|Born||7 October 1971|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, radio presenter|
|Labels||Compass Bros, Be Music, Festival Records, Universal Music|
|Associated acts||Mary Schneider, Paul Kelly, Beccy Cole|
Melinda Schneider (born Melinda-Jane Bean; 7 October 1971) is an Australian country music singer and songwriter and radio host. Schneider has been performing since she was three and sang with her mother on the album The Magic of Yodeling at the age of eight. Schneider is a multi-Golden Guitar winner at the Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth, winning her sixth with Paul Kelly for 'Vocal Collaboration of the Year' for their duet "Still Here" in 2009.
Schneider studied dance as a child and made her acting debut on the popular Australian drama A Country Practice when aged thirteen. She also sang the theme music for the ABC TV series Something in the Air. She attended St Joseph's Kogarah (now known as Bethany College) for her high school years.
In 2000, Schneider released her debut studio album My Oxygen.
In July 2002, Schneider released Happy Tears, which peaked at number 94 on the ARIA Charts and was certified gold.
In May 2004, Schneider released Family Tree, which peaked at number 64 on the ARIA Charts and was certified gold. The album earner Schneider her first ARIA Music Award nomination.
In 2006, Schneider was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project, with three other Australian female artists, they performed their own and each other's songs. With Schneider and Conway were Mia Dyson, Kate Miller-Heidke and Ella Hooper.
In 2011, Schneider starred in the theatre show Doris: So Much More Than the Girl Next Door, written by Schneider and David Mitchell. The show told the story of her Doris Day's life and at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane in May 2011.
Schneider was the host of her own show 'Love Songs with Melinda Schneider" on Star 104.5 FM, the show aired every weeknight in 2015 from 8 pm. As the title indicates the show was focused on songs of a romantic nature. This was Schneider's first radio show as host.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Melinda Does Doris||
|Great Women of Country (with Beccy Cole)||
|Melinda Does Doris...Again - The Movie Songs||
|Live at Tamworth||
|Hits & Rarities||
|Life Begins At 40: The Ultimate Melinda Schneider Collection||
|The Kitchen Table Tapes||
Awards and nominations
ARIA Music Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Lost to|
|2004||Family Tree||Best Country Album||Nominated||Kasey Chambers - Wayward Angel|
|2008||Be Yourself||Best Country Album||Nominated||Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones|
Country Music Awards (CMAA)
The Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival and celebrates recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. Schneider has won six awards.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2000||"Love Away the Night" with Adam Brand||Vocal Collaboration of the Year||Won|
|2003||"The Story of My Life"||Female Vocalist of the Year||Won|
|2005||Family Tree||Album of the Year||Won|
|2005||"Real People"||Song of the Year||Won|
|2008||Stronger||Top Selling Album of the Year||Won|
|2009||"Still Here" with Paul Kelly||Vocal Collaboration of the Year||Won|
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- Melinda Schneider, Official website
- Performer – Melinda Schneider, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- 2000s, Country Music Association of Australia (list of winners of the Golden Guitar Awards in the 2000s decade, including Melinda Schneider's awards in 2000, 2003, 2005 x2, 2008, 2009)
- A glittering new line-up for this year's Dancing With The Stars, Yahoo!7
- Ben Sorensen talks to Melinda Schneider, Real Country
- Melinda Schneider on Ben Sorensen's Real Country 2011, YouTube (Ben Sorensen's Real Country interview with Melinda Schneider)