Melody Lee Hayden is a truly inspirational singer-songwriter from Queensland, Australia.
Born in Newcastle, NSW Australia, Melody Lee’s love for performing took her around world as a singer, dancer and compere. Writing and performing gave her the passion to express her love of life in her music; writing songs about the moments, journeys and people we meet that define us, who we fall in love with and who drive us crazy, yet inspire us to be better people by touching our hearts and guiding us.
Melody Lee has a positive and determined attitude despite huge adversity in her life. She was hit by a drunken driver and the accident ended her dancing and modelling career just over two decades ago. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash but was revived by paramedics, suffering from brain trauma, loss of her memory, and losing part
or her leg, spending a year in hospital and learning to speak and walk again. Suffering from long term memory loss, she didn’t even remember she played piano until two years ago. “It is a little hard to explain, but I was living someone else’s life, lost in the everyday survival rather than living the life I wanted to. I still sang but didn’t really write much, mainly singing covers.”
Hello from Northern revive!!!!!
A big hello From Australia or should I say Gi Day Mate
Please introduce yourself in less than 10 words
Strong determined woman sharing her passion for music
What’s the writing process?
For me it comes very easily, I hear the whole finished song in my head normally. An emotion or event will trigger how I feel, and it pours out in a song. I start to sing in the shower then as I hop out, I grab my iPhone and record it. So, I don’t forget anything and miss the tune. Then In my studio at home, I record it roughly on logic on my computer. I put down the piano then lay down the vocals and send it off to the producer David John Lynch for his thoughts then with in a few days I lay it down properly at Diamond recording studios.
How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?
I love the passion of creation the vibe is happening no matter what I am doing, I love doing both, live and recording and I put on the headphones and feel the crowd out in fount of me.
In that moment I am up on the stage singing to thousands, I feel the cheering, the dancers breathe on my neck and I sing and give it my all.
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
Guy Sebastian’s Before I go
What other talents do you have? (kazoo playing, champion toast burner…)
I play piano and guitar when I needed, I am a great cook and a motivational speaker. But most of all I believe my biggest talent is song writing I love to tell a story with my music.
No matter what life throws at you stand up look it in the eyes and say I can do it.
If you’re given lemons make lemonade
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
I’m a big fan of Guy Sebastian’s truth album and I love The Kid Laroi what amazing talented Aussies.
Over They will have to drag me off stage to put me in the ground
I will be singing and writing for as long as there is breath in my lungs
How are you coping with lockdown?
Lock down has been difficult, I was luckier than most as the studio and I stayed in a bubble in the middle of the country and kept creating, so I kept my sanity. I found it very hard not seeing my children until it was over, it seemed like an eternity at times. I also got pretty good at playing Zelda breath of the wild.
What do you miss most about live gigs?
The vibe, the thrill the connection with you and the crowd nothing beats the emotion you feel when the fans love what you do you, You get on that stage a stranger and as the show finishes you leave as family you bought tears to their eyes, had them screaming a dancing till they lost their voices, there is no better feeling in the world than to help people feel and remember you until they can wait to hear it all again and go home and play you on repeat.
Talk us through the new album
Love you with all my might-you see her across the room the curve of her cheek the heart melting, smile, its love at first sight now all you have to do is say hello.
Don’t speak to me shares the heartbreak a family torn apart by divorce. The emotion is felt in every word in the powerful ballad about the loss of of my Mother in The Rain pours Down.
Pink Ballet Shoes shares the hard choices of her gay father in the 70s and a family torn apart with the words rooms full of secrets that will stick in your head,
Don’t Yell At Me – will touch your heart with her plea about stopping family abuse. Told from a 6 year old’s point of view.
No I Don’t – I was so lost and trying to find my way fighting with pain issues after being hit by a drunk driver and losing my memory for 3 decades, I felt I didn’t even know who I was anymore, I sang I cried in every word ,I knew I was the only one who could pull me out of the spiral, I had to rip it up and tear it down. To start again I had too find myself again.
If Only – ay down your weapons and open your heart) sadly took me to the invasion of Ukraine my Imagine my prayer for a better world.
Lie Lady Lie- brought me back to reality and took me back to the days of “Meatloaf” “bat out of hell” the Album of rolling down the car window and singing at the top of your voice. It is about temptation and addiction, and it is your choice who you chose to be, the girl who will say and or do anything to get to next hit or the one who chooses to say no.
Changed Pt 1 finishes with Stronger than the story of my accident, a truly inspirational rock song that left me with the feeling that I could just do anything. I hope it makes you feel like that too
Where can we find out more?
No I don’t mp3 for you to listen it will be out on the 8th April