Melinda Schneider

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Melinda Schneider
Melinda Schneider Paul Kelly 2008.jpg
Background information
Birth name Melinda-Jane Bean
Born 7 October 1971
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Country Music
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Radio Host
Instruments Guitar
Vocals
Years active 1999–present
Labels Compass Bros, Be Music, Festival Records, Universal Music
Website melindaschneider.com

Melinda Schneider (born Melinda-Jane Bean; 7 October 1971) is an Australian country music singer and songwriter.[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.

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.[citation needed]

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.[2] With Schneider and Conway were Mia Dyson, Kate Miller-Heidke and Ella Hooper.[3] 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.[4] She was nominated in the same category at the 2010 awards for "Courageous" with the Australian Girls Choir.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Schneider is in a domestic relationship with Choirboys band member Mark Gable. Melinda Schneider is the daughter of a policeman and veteran country performer and Yodeler Mary Schneider.

Television[edit]

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.[6]

Radio[edit]

Schneider is now the host of her own show 'Love Songs with Melinda Schneider" on Star 104.5 FM aired every weeknight from 8pm. As the title indicates the show focuses on songs of a romantic nature. This is Schneider's first radio show as host.

Tribute albums and shows[edit]

Schneider starred in her own 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 opened in May 2011 at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane before moving to Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, onto the Regal Theatre in Perth and then to the Lyric Theatre, Sydney. Her new album "Great Women of Country" is a tribute to legendary female country singer's and composers, and is a duet album with Australian country vocalist Beccy Cole

Discography[edit]

  • My Oxygen (21 July 2000, Compass Bros D 24178)
  • Happy Tears (29 July 2002, Compass Bros)
  • The Kitchen Table Tapes (EP, 27 October 2003, Compass Bros 011CDCB)
  • Family Tree (14 May 2004)
  • Stronger (2006, Compass Bros)
  • Be Yourself (2008, Be Music, CDR119)
  • Hits & Rarities (25 March 2008, compilation)
  • Melinda Does Doris (2010) No. 24 AUS[7]
  • Life Begins At 40 - The Ultimate Collection (2011)
  • Great Women of Country (with Beccy Cole) (2014)

Note: In 1994, Melinda featured on the Australian dance group Audio Murphy, Inc.'s single "Tighten Up Your Pants (Scotland Medley)" (AUS#39)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Old and new souls in country music
  2. ^ Elliott, Tim (19 August 2008). "Lady's Night at the Beckoning Microphone". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Broad 2006". Broad Festival. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Performer – Melinda Schneider". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 1 March 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "CMAA Country Music Awards finalists announced". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 13 November 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Rao, Shoba (26 July 2010). "Eliminated singer Melinda Schneider talks about sex and chemistry on Dancing With The Stars". The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (News Corporation). Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Melinda Schneider – Melinda Does Doris". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 

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