Member Profile

Melanie Peterson

Blessed with an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto folk music scene.
Melanie has been referred to as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by BBC Radio and has been recognized as having “a beautiful voice” and being a “terrific songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. She earned a spot within the independent music scene in Toronto March 2012, when she showcased her original music during Canadian Music Week, at the Royal York Library Bar. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013. She launched her first full-length album UNBREAKABLE April 2013 at The Piston in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase and a successful Southern Ontario tour.
Melanie initially moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. Between acting jobs she often picked up the Gibson guitar her father had given her as a parting gift. She then began the second leg of her artistic journey: songwriting and performing her songs live. The feedback she got each time she ventured out to play her songs for Toronto audiences was encouraging. She was invited to host and perform her original songs in a monthly female singer-songwriter night at the renowned Cameron House. The show was called Girls Girls Girls and the second Saturday of every month between September 2010 and December 2012. Melanie, along side many of Toronto's top female singer-songwriters, packed that room. Melanie's songwriting skills improved rapidly during this period as audiences were always hungry for new songs.
Melanie released a five song EP in 2011 called AFTER THE FALL and the reviews were encouraging.
"A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist " ~ New Moon Magazine
"If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter...she sounds just as good live as she does on her album…. She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops, too." ~ Toronto Sun
“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into her music with effortless ease." ~ Beaches Living
Her follow up full length album “UNBREAKABLE” was well received by critics and fans alike. Many of the songs from "UNBREAKABLE" received spins on BBC, CBC, various indie and college radio stations and Mediazoic Internet radio. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp .
“We have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from “Unbreakable”, Melanie's first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield BBC Radio Leicester Host

Melanie followed her release of "UNBREAKABLE",  with a 6 song cover EP titled READ IT ON THE RADIO, which was part of a six week digital download campaign in which Melanie released one new cover song every week from April 28th, 2014 to June 1st, 2014.
Melanie's song “Lucky Me” was recently chosen, out of hundreds of submissions , to be included in Toronto's Music 311 winter 2015-2016 playlist.
With assistance from FACTOR, Melanie Peterson, once again teamed up with producer and band member Mitch Girio to produce and release her sophomore album "ANYWHERE FROM HERE"  on March 16, 2016, at The Piston in Toronto.
“After recently releasing her second full length album, "Anywhere from Here", Melanie and her band came to The Piston wanting to give their dedicated audience a live experience of all of the songs from their new album. The evening was spectacular and the house was packed!” ~ SNAP Bloor West
The album feedback has been positive and Melanie toured through Ontario and Quebec this past summer. She also played shows in Edmonton and Vancouver in the fall 2016, and St. John and Halifax in March 2017 thanks to the Via Rail Artist On Board Program which allowed her to “play her way across the country”.
“The songwriting is genuine and self-aware, and there is a positive tone even in the heartbreak. In fact, the progression of the songs on Anywhere From Here, reads like the life of a romantic relationship. “ - Cate Mckim - Blogger - More Cowbell

Melanie recently received her second FACTOR artist development grant which she used to record an original holiday single, which was released to radio stations across Canada in December 2016. The single, titled Santa's Sleigh, was produced by award winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O'Connor and Buffy St. Marie).

Melanie most recent project is a two track summer EP produced by Mitch Girio which will be released July 14, 2017.