Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Pop, rock, folk rock|
|Labels||Six Shooter Records, Orange|
|Associated acts||Luke Doucet, Ladybird Sideshow, Whitehorse|
Melissa McClelland (born c. 1979) is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter who lived in Hamilton, Ontario, in her youth and now bases her career from Toronto. McClelland's music is influenced by blues and americana. A writer on CMJ's staff blog wrote that McClelland has "a persona reminiscent of a female Tom Waits."
Melissa McClelland was born in Chicago, Illinois. She spent her youth in Burlington, Ontario before developing her career in Toronto. McClelland married Luke Doucet on 24 June 2006; the two have played together on numerous stages, including at the 2006 Calgary Folk Music Festival. He has produced three of her records, Stranded in Suburbia, Thumbelina's One Night Stand and Victoria Day.
She also works with Sarah McLachlan, providing backing vocals at her live shows. McLachlan makes a guest appearance on the song "Go Down Matthew" from McClelland's album Thumbelina's One Night Stand.
In 2007 McClelland opened a tour with Jesse Cook and sang on his recording of "It Ain't Me Babe" (a Bob Dylan cover) which was released on his 2007 album Frontiers. "It Ain't Me Babe" was released as a single from that album, which spent 3 weeks in the top position on Billboard's world music charts.
McClelland's song "Rooftop" was featured on the 2005 soundtrack CD of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. The song was played on the ending montage of the 2004 episode "Time Stands Still Pt. 2", in which a main character, Jimmy Brooks (Aubrey Graham) was shot by a bullied student, Rick Murray (Ephraim Ellis). She also performed the theme song for the children's reality show This Is Daniel Cook. In 2008, she contributed to the soundtrack of the film One Week.
- 2001: Melissa McClelland (Daddy Warbucks Records/independent)
- 20 April 2004: Stranded in Suburbia (Orange/Universal)
- 23 May 2006: Thumbelina's One Night Stand (Orange/Universal)
- 14 April 2009: Victoria Day (Six Shooter Records)
- 30 August 2011: Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
- 28 August 2012: The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss (Six Shooter Records)
- 17 February 2015: Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter Records)
Stranded in Suburbia
Thumbelina's One Night Stand
McClelland's follow-up album, Thumbelina's One Night Stand was released in 2006. Reviews drew attention to the eclectic nature of the album. Exclaim! Magazine described the album as "impossible to pin down stylistically, as it segues from roots-y rock ("Passenger 24") to country ("Taxi Ride") to chamber pop ("Solitary Life") to folk (a cover of Randy Newman's "Dayton Ohio") and blues ("Go Down Matthew")."
In late 2008 Melissa McClelland began work on Victoria Day, her fourth album, and first for Six Shooter Records. Victoria Day was scheduled for release on April 14, 2009. The album was recorded at Canterbury Music by Jeremy Darby, and was produced by Luke Doucet.
In 2011 McClelland and her husband Luke Doucet released an self-titled album under the moniker Whitehorse on Six Shooter Records. It included reworked versions of McClelland's hit "Passenger 24" and Doucet's hit "Broken" and was recorded at the Catherine North studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Sarah McLachlan's house in Vancouver, British Columbia and a studio located at McLelland's and Doucet's house.
- 2004: Outlaws (Live & Unreleased) by Luke Doucet (Providing vocals on "Gun St. Girl")
- 2004: Ladybird Sideshow Live at the Orange Lounge by Ladybird Sideshow
- 2006: Do You Hear What I Hear? (Providing vocals on "O Holy Night")
- 2007: This is Daniel Cook - We Are Here! (Providing vocals on "This Is Daniel Cook Theme Song")
- 2007: Frontiers by Jesse Cook (Providing vocals on "It Ain't Me Babe")
- 2007: Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young (Providing vocals on "Cinnamon Girl")
- 2008: Blood’s Too Rich by Luke Doucet and the White Falcon
- 2008: Blue Road (Live at Massey Hall) by Blue Rodeo (Providing vocals on "Know Where You Go" and "Tell Me Your Dream")
- 2008: One Week Soundtrack (Providing vocals on "Un Canadien errant")
- 2010: First of the Last to Know by Peter Katz (Providing vocals on "Let Me Know")
- 2010: Steel City Trawler by Luke Doucet and the White Falcon
- 2007: Pedal to Steel
- 2007: Jesse Cook: One Night at the Metropolis (Special Guest Appearance)
- 2008: Blue Road (Live at Massey Hall Bootleg) by Blue Rodeo (Providing vocals on "Know Where You Go" and "Tell Me Your Dream")
- Matthew Good & Melissa McClelland - Hurt Live 4/07/06. YouTube. 8 April 2006.
- Blue Road liner notes
- GRAHAM ROCKINGHAM (October 4, 2007). "Cook-ing up a duet". THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR. Archived from the original on July 16, 2007.
- Independent Music Awards - 6th Annual Winners
- Bell, Kathleen (5 March 2009). "One Week does Canada proud: Landscape, culture are road trip film’s real stars", Fast Forward Weekly. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- Doole, Kerry (2006). "Wood, Wires & Whisky". Exclaim! (June).
- Victoria Day liner notes
- Keller, Jason (11 March 2009). "Disc Reviews: Melissa McClelland - Victoria Day". Now Magazine. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
- Doole, Kerry. "Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland find their sound as Whitehorse". Retrieved 13 September 2011.
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