|Gloria Estefan was right. The rhythm got her. And it got her young.
'Music was in my veins, and there wasn't much getting around it' says Mel. 'I was sent to piano lessons twice as a child and was pulled out after a few weeks because I was wasting my parents hard earned money. They could never get me to practice what my teacher sent me home to do. I was a free spirit when it came to music. I wanted to explore. I wanted to create it for myself.' Not much about Mel's attitude to music has changed ... but her talent has certainly evolved.
'I can remember distinctly dancing around the house to my mums records playing as she cleaned the house,' she remembers, 'I thought there was no one in the world that could sing like Karen Carpenter or write songs like Simon & Garfunkel, and that was the soundtrack to my childhood. These are the sounds that still move me to this day.'
Since those days, Mel's passion to create music has formed in specific and significant ways and she has discovered her voice, inner and outer. In doing so, she has been given amazing opportunities to sing and write songs about stuff that she thinks matter in the world ... and people are starting to listen. In a world where songs with no depth or truth rule the airwaves, Mel wants to say something real. She is desperate to turn the clocks of the music industry back and bring something classy and beautiful ... something with poignancy and clarity about the redemptive longing in the human condition.
It's this longing that has led Mel to come alongside various International Charities to advocate in their campaigns against social injustice around the world. Mel has written songs to support these campaigns and continues to seek out opportunities to use her talents for these causes.
'Mel Wiggins is an artful and gifted singer and songwriter. Her ability to perform a diverse and inspiring range of music is only rivalled by her stunning lyricism. Her best work is undoubtedly the songs that she writes and sings as a heartfelt and well-thought-through response to some of the world's most horrific situations of injustice. It is these songs, which she has given as a gift to our work with the worlds poorest, which stand alone as both beautiful works of artistic expression and as shouts of advocacy for the voiceless and poor of our world. Mel's gift is a unique and dulcet voice of justice.' - Graeme Hodge . SA International Development Team
On any platform she has, Mel is hungry to use her voice to be a voice for others: Saying the things people are afraid to say, and putting music to the stories of people, who otherwise, we would never hear about ...
With heartbreaking melodies and conversational lyrics, Mel's songs give you that 'at home' feeling' ...
So cozy up, listen in and enjoy.