Friday, August 30, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Melanie Doane
Back in 1998 when Adam's Rib was climbing the Canadian charts, Melanie Doane looked like she was going to be the next big thing. It didn't happen probably by Melanie's choice. She is still making music but her time for stardom has passed. She was born Dec. 19, 1967 in Halifax, NS. Her father is Order of Canada winning music educator J. Chalmers Doane. His primary instrument is the ukelele. So Melanie learned music at a very early age. Her primary instrument is the violin. She studied music at Dalhousie University with the intention of following in her father's footsteps and becoming a music teacher. But she got sidetracked into regional theater in Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 1988. She appeared in the Toronto production of Fire!, a musical about cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. It was here she met future husband actor Ted Dykstra. In 1993 Melanie released an EP independently and this led to a record deal with Sony Music Canada. Her debut album Shakespearean Fish was released in 1996. Los angeles based producer Rick Neigher heard the album and wanted to work with Melanie. He is best known for producing Tonio K. Adam's Rib was released in 1998 and the single was Melanie's first top 40 hit in Canada. She won a Juno for Best New Solo Artist. The CD was released in the US but wasn't promoted. It could have been a hit. Adam's Rib is available as a budget CD. After touring, Melanie quit Sony and signed with Actorboy Records owned by actor Gary Sinise. Her 2003 CD You Are What You Love was released in Canada by Warner Music. It was not released in the US. It did OK especially in the Maritimes where Melanie is a star. She continues to release new music first on her website and then on CD. Her latest CD was Emerald City in 2011. She also appeared in the 2012 Toronto production of the musical War Horse. Melanie lives in Toronto with her family and continues her father's legacy by teaching ukelele in Toronto schools. Maybe that's more satisfying than pop stardom. Here's the video for Adam's Rib by Melanie Doane.