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May 12, 1969
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Other names||Melleney Brown|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, singer, music producer, video producer, artist|
|Years active||1978 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Clive A. Smith|
|Awards||Juno Award (nominated 2008)|
Melleny Brown was born in Toronto, Ontario. Originally known for her vocal work in cartoons, she played Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear and Baby Tugs in DIC Entertainment and Nelvana's animated Care Bears franchise. During the 1980s, she also starred in Inspector Gadget and Star Wars: Ewoks. She also appeared in Nelvana's first feature film, Rock & Rule, in 1983.
During the 1990s, Brown legally changed her name to Melleny Melody and became active in the dance music scene, first in live performances in Toronto and then as a recording artist. Though her legal name remains Melleny Melody, she now records under the Melleefresh moniker. She is also the president of the label Play Records, which produces and releases electronic dance music. In 2008, Melleefresh was nominated for a Juno Award for her collaboration with deadmau5, entitled "Afterhours".
Melleny Melody has also developed several film and video production projects with her husband Clive A. Smith under the banner Musta Costa Fortune, including music videos for Play Records' artists.
As Melleny Melody and Melleefresh
At home in Toronto, she first came to the attention of the pop art scene with her use of everyday items as decoration and her pink "Princessmobile", a Volkswagen adorned with everything from plastic baby dolls and trophies to boa-trimmed seat covers. She also became a much sought after baker of “art cakes”.
Breaking into the music industry as Melleny Melody in the 1990s, she opened the Bubbalicious Lounge in Toronto, where she would dress up in vibrant costumes and wigs to produce and host a rowdy show of ribald classics and new renditions on old themes. Using her knowledge of the dance, disco and deep house music culture, she then founded Gay Records, a label devoted solely to down ‘n’ dirty and kitschy music. She also teamed with DJ Peace Harvest to form Play Records, a North American house music label where she has been President of Play Records since 2001 when Peter Jarvis left to pursue other interests.
Since 2005, she has performed under the moniker Melleefresh as a vocal artist in dance music. She has worked with a number of electronic dance music producers, including deadmau5, Billy Newton-Davis, and many other producers around the world.
When working with deadmau5 as "Freshmau5",[clarification needed] she has provided main vocals for several notable tracks, such as "Hey Baby", "Sex Slave", "Attention Whore" and "Afterhours". In 2008, they were nominated for a Juno Award for their single "Afterhours" in the Dance Recording of the Year category.
In 2010, she began working closely with Southern California producers, SpekrFreks. Additionally, she branched out into mixing dance music albums.
The discography consists of singles, collaborations with various producers and Djs, and compilation albums featuring various remixes of her songs as well as compilation albums she mixed.
- 2006: "Beautiful, Rich, and Horny" (with Dirty 30)
- 2006: "Hey Baby" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2006: "Cocktail Queen" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2007: "Afterhours" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2007: "Something Inside Me" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2007: "Sex Slave" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2007: "Whispers" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2007: "Dancin Girl" (with Nino Anthony and disKo loKO)
- 2007: "Let's Get Dirty" (with Stereo Scum)
- 2008: "The Money" (with Scandalis and Dirty 30)
- 2008: "Beautiful, Rich, and Horny" (with Dirty 30 and deadmau5)
- 2008: "How Dangerous" (with Stereo Scum)
- 2008: "Fukchat" (with Billy Newton-Davis and Cajjmere Wray)
- 2008: "Do You Want It" (with J-Break and Wutam)
- 2008: "Attention Whore" (with deadmau5 as Freshmau5)
- 2008: "DJ Boy" (with DJ Zya)
- 2008: "Something Inside Me - Deep Inside" (with deadmau5 and Sage)
- 2008: "Take My Clothes Off" (with Soundsreal and Dirty Machine)
- 2009: "White, Trashy, & Blonde" (with CyberSutra)
- 2009: "Kisses" (with Tyler Michaud and Christopher Manik)
- 2009: "Depo"" (with DJ Zya)
- 2009: "Iron" (with Thomas Sagstad)
- 2009: "Sleazy Bitch" (with HouseAmigo DJs and Per QX)
- 2010: "Juicy" (with Cajjmere Wray)
- 2010: "Back It Up (Melleefresh Vs. Jerome Robins Velvet Fog Mix)" (with Jerome Robins, Billy Newton-Davis, and SpekrFreks)
- 2010: "Sleezee" (with Keoki, Decoding Jesus and David Christopher)
- 2010: "Disco DJ" (with Paul Anthony and ZXX)
- 2010: "Jingle Bellz"
- 2010: "Candy" (with Billy Newton-Davis and SpekrFreks)
Compilations and Collaborative Albums
- As Melleny Melody
- 1994: "Car Toons: Songs to drive You Crazy" with John Henry Nijenhuis
- As Melleefresh
- 2007: "Hey Baby Remixes" with deadmau5, Burufunk, Noir, The House Moguls, and Adam K
- 2007: "Dancin Girl Remixes" with Nino Anthony, Dominatorz, Kid Dub, Kaysh, Ale Avila, and Paul Bingham
- 2007: "Kisses Remixes" with Nosmo, Kris B, Tyler Michaud, Ale Avila, Christopher Manik, Discrete Minds, The Hitmen, Kid Dub, and Kaysh
- 2008: "The Money Remixes" with Kid Dub, Dirty 30, Rod Debyser, Dextress, Scandalis, DJ Zya, Neon Stereo, Kaysh and deadmau5
- 2008: "Attention Whore Remixes" with deadmau5, Zoltan Kontes, Jerome Robins, Kaysh, Soundsreal, Ice, Phil Chanel, and DJ Zya)
- 2009: "deadmau5 At Play" with deadmau5, Adam K, and BSOD
- 2009: "Dirt Hott" (Play Digital) (with Spydabrown)
- 2009: "Attention Whore Melleefresh Vs. 10 Djs" (Play Digital)
- 2009: "White, Trashy, & Blonde" (with CyberSutra, Danny Jay, Phat Elvis, OK Sure, Dylan Holshausen, Smut Pushers, Tek Freaks)
- 2009: "Sex Slave - Melleefresh Vs. 13 Djs" (Play Digital)
- 2009: "deadmau5 At Play Volume 2" with deadmau5, Billy Newton-Davis, and BSOD
- 2010: "Candy" (with Per Hammer, Zoltan Kontes, Jerome Robins, Billy Newton-Davis, and SpekrFreks)
- 2010: "deadmau5 At Play Volume 2 DJ MIX" with deadmau5 and Billy Newton-Davis
- 2010: "deadmau5 At Play DJ MIX" with deadmau5
- 2010: "deadmau5 At Play Volume 3" with deadmau5
- 2010: "Best Of Electro Volume 1" (tracks selected & mixed by Melleefresh)
- 2010: "Sleezee" with Keoki, SoundSex, Dirtyloud, Superstrobe, Carlos Barbosa, Decoding Jesus, Jerome Robins, Mateo Murphy, SpekrFreks, and David Christopher)
- 2010: "The Albumn" (Track: "Disco DJ" with Paul Anthony and ZXX)
- 2010: "Best Of Progressive Volume 1" (tracks selected & mixed by Melleefresh)
- 2010: "Sleezee" [Lets Beat Milo Records] (with Blunt Headed, The Speaker Tweakerz, Keoki, Astro Dudes, SoundSex, Dirtyloud, Brian S, Superstrobe, Carlos Barbosa, Decoding Jesus, Alternate Reality, Jerome Robins, SpekrFreks, and David Christopher)
- 2010: "Mix-Mas 2010" (tracks selected & mixed by Melleefresh)
- 2011: "Dirt Hott Vol. 2" (Tracks: "Candy" with Billy Newton-Davis and SpekrFreks, "Attention Whore - Zoltan Kontes & Jerome Robins" with deadmau5, Zoltan Kontes, and Jerome Robins, mixed by Spydabrown)
- 2011: "Valentine Beatz" (with SpekrFreks)
- 2011: "Mellefresh vs deadmau5 At Play" with deadmau5
- As Melleny Melody
- 1994: "I'm So Happy" (with John Henry Nijenhuis)
- As Melleefresh
As Melleny Brown
- 1983: Rock & Rule - "Hot Dogs and Sushi" (writer and singer)
All credits to Melleny Brown, except where otherwise stated.
- Sketches of a Strangler (1978) - Nude Model
- Easter Fever (1980) - Scrawny Chicken
- Take Me Up to the Ball Game (1980) - Mole
- B.C.: A Special Christmas (1981) - The Cute Chick
- The Edison Twins (1982) - Gina (1 episode)
- Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise (1983) - Lime Chiffon
- Rock & Rule (1983) - Dementia the Carnegie Hall Groupie
- Inspector Gadget (1983) - Various characters
- Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins (1984) - Banana Twirl, Bananakin
- Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name (1984) - Lemon Meringue, Lime Chiffon
- Unfinished Business (1984) - Larissa, Larry
- The Care Bears Movie (1985) - Cheer Bear, Birthday Bear, Baby Tugs Bear
- The Care Bears Family (1985) - Cheer Bear, Baby Tugs
- Ewoks (1985) - Lady Urgah Gorneesh
- Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986) - Cheer Bear
- The Great Heep (1986) - Darva
- Stickin' Around (1996) - Ms. Mobley (as Melleny Melody)
- Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets (1999) - Vespella (segment: Prince of the Gypsies)
- "Filmography of Melleny Brown". Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "History of Play Records". Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Juno Awards 2008 - Dance Recording of the Year". Retrieved 2011-02-22.
- Juno Awards of 2008
- "Social Game Universe - Investors". Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "Youtube Channel for Melleefresh". Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "Youtube Channel for Play Records". Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- Melody, Melleny (2008-01-22). "Art Car". Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- Melody, Melleny. "Biography of Melleny Melody" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Melleefresh - Artist Page at Play Records". Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "Discography of Melleny Melody". Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Works by Melleefresh". Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- Official website
- Melleny Melody at the Internet Movie Database
- Melleny Melody at the Internet Movie Database
- Mellee Fresh discography at Discogs
- 'Melleefresh' on Soundcloud
- Artists biography on EPK
- Play Records
- Gay Records
- 'Play Records' on Soundcloud
- 'Melleefresh' on Youtube
- 'Play Records' on Youtube