Melinda Schneider

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Melinda Schneider
Schneider and her son in 2018
Schneider and her son in 2018
Background information
Birth nameMelinda-Jane Bean
Born (1971-10-07) 7 October 1971 (age 50)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, radio presenter
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsCompass Bros, Be Music, Festival Records, Universal Music

Melinda Schneider (born Melinda-Jane Bean; 7 October 1971) is an Australian country music singer and songwriter and radio host.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]


Schneider studied dance as a child and made her acting debut on the popular Australian drama A Country Practice when aged thirteen.[4] She also sang the theme music for the ABC TV series Something in the Air.

In 1994, Schneider featuring on Audio Murphy Inc.'s dance track "Tighten Up Your Pants" which peaked at number 39 on the ARIA Chart.[5] The song mixed electronic beats and yodelling. The success of "Tighten Up Your Pants" earned her a three-album deal with Festival Records. Unsure of what kind of singer she wanted to be, Schneider foundered, eventually quitting Festival without making an album.[4]

In 1999, Schneider performed the duet "Love Away the Night" with Adam Brand. In January 2000, the song won Schneider her first CMAA Award for Vocal Collaboration of the Year.

In 2000, Schneider released her debut studio album My Oxygen.[4] My Oxygen was recorded with the Nashville-based Australian producer Mark Moffatt.[4]

In July 2002, Schneider released her second studio album Happy Tears, which peaked at number 94 on the ARIA Charts and was certified gold. Happy Tears was produced by her husband of five years, Graham Thompson and released on his Compass Bros label.[4]

In 2003, Schneider won her the first solo Golden Guitar for Female Vocal of the Year.[5]

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.[6] With Schneider and Conway were Mia Dyson, Kate Miller-Heidke and Ella Hooper.[7]

In 2010, Schneider was a participant on the ABC Television program Bush Slam and a celebrity contestant on the Channel 7 show Dancing with the Stars partnered by Serghei Bolgarschii in Season 10.[8]

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.

In November 2014, Schneider released Great Women of Country, a collaboration with Beccy Cole. The album became her first to peak inside the ARIA top ten.

Personal life[edit]

Schneider is the daughter of singer-songwriter and yodeller Mary Schneider. She attended St Joseph's Kogarah (now known as Bethany College) for her high school years.[citation needed] Schneider is married to Mark Gable lead singer of The Choirboys, they were married on September 10 2022 on Killcare Beach NSW after 14 years together.[9]


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.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
My Oxygen
Happy Tears
  • Released: July 2002
  • Label: Compass Brothers / Festival Records (009CDCB)
Family Tree
  • Released: May 2004
  • Label: Compass Brothers / Festival Records (016CDCB)
  • Released: August 2006
  • Label: Compass Brothers / Sony (026CDCB)
Be Yourself
  • Released: July 2008
  • Label: Be Music / Universal Music (CDR1119)
Melinda Does Doris
  • Released: August 2010
  • Label: Be Music / Universal Music (2747553)
Great Women of Country (with Beccy Cole)
  • Released: 7 November 2014
  • Label: Universal Music (4703930)
Melinda Does Doris...Again - The Movie Songs
  • Released: October 2016
  • Label: Be Music / Universal Music (2747553)

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live at Tamworth
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Be Music (BEMUSIC001/BEMUSIC002)

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Hits & Rarities
  • Released: 25 March 2008
  • Label: Compass Brothers / Universal Music (044CDCB)
Life Begins At 40: The Ultimate Melinda Schneider Collection
  • Released: 21 October 2011
  • Label: Be Music (BEMUSIC004)

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
The Kitchen Table Tapes
  • Released: October 2003
  • Label: Compass Brothers / Festival (011CDCB)

Charting singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
"Tighten Up Your Pants"
(Audio Murphy Inc. featuring Melinda)
1994 39

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Schneider has been nominated for two awards.[14]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Family Tree Best Country Album Nominated
2008 Be Yourself Best Country Album Nominated

Country Music Awards (CMAA)[edit]

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.[15]

Year Nominee / work Award Result(wins only)
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

Mo Awards[edit]

The Australian Entertainment Mo Awards (commonly known informally as the Mo Awards), were annual Australian entertainment industry awards. They recognise achievements in live entertainment in Australia from 1975 to 2016. Melinda Schneider won eleven awards in that time.[16]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1994 Melinda Schneider Johnny O'Keefe Encouragement Award Won
2000 Melinda Schneider Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won
2002 Melinda Schneider Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won
2003 Melinda Schneider Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won
2004 Melinda Schneider Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won
2006 Melinda Schneider Slim Dusty Country Performer of the Year Won
2007 Melinda Schneider Female Vocal Performer of the Year Won
2008 Melinda Schneider Female Vocal Performer of the Year Won
2011 Melinda Schneider Slim Dusty Country Act of the Year Won
Melinda Schneider Female Vocal Performer of the Year Won
2014 Melinda Schneider Slim Dusty Country Act of the Year Won


  1. ^ "Old and new souls in country music". Debbie Kruger. 2003. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Great Women of Country". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Performer – Melinda Schneider". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 1 March 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e "City success, a yodel away from Tamworth". Sydney Morning Herald. 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Melinda Schneider Life Begins at 40 Interview". Female. 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  6. ^ Elliott, Tim (19 August 2008). "Lady's Night at the Beckoning Microphone". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Broad 2006". Broad Festival. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  8. ^ Rao, Shoba (26 July 2010). "Eliminated singer Melinda Schneider talks about sex and chemistry on Dancing with the Stars". The Daily Telegraph. News Corporation. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
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  10. ^ a b c Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2022 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  12. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #392". auspOp. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  13. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 21.
  14. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results - Melinda Schneider". ARIA Awards. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Past Award Winners". Country. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  16. ^ "MO Award Winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 16 March 2022.

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