17 Aug 2012
Andrae Melody Palmer affectionately known to some simply as Mr. Melody, former front man of the UK Gospel-Soul group Nu-Soul, is a gifted singer songwriter whose material confronts some of life’s uglier truths as well as embracing the beauties we often take for granted.
The south London native accredits his inner city upbringing on the streets of Brixton with giving him the fuel and astuteness to pursue his musical aspirations, evidence of which can be found in passionate vocal performances. Together with hard work and dedication, Mr. Melody’s undeniable talent has presented opportunities to share his musical aptitude with audiences from London to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean; inspired by life experiences each song bursting with a realism and candidness that appeals to a diverse listenership.
Melody cites prominent influences in his stylistic development are the likes of gospel influenced soul artists such as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Donnie Hathaway and more recent icons such as Musiq, Lauren Hill and BILAL. A student of various genres his delivery is unique and memorable. In addition he’s armed himself with meaningful (non cliché) lyrical content (much to the delight of ‘AMP’ and Nu-Soul Devotees), this combination accompanied by rich soulful music is seemingly ‘filling the gap’ left by these great pioneers.
The musical journey started with the young artist performing at live talent shows in Jamaica at the tender age of only 9 years old! Collaborating with chart topping Reggae artist and dancehall favourites of the 90’s era. But he’s ventured pretty much everywhere from church conventions to intimate bars and clubs, quickly becoming a fan-favourite on London’s vibrant open mic circuit. More recently elevating to guest radio appearances, university tours, open-air festivals and numerous televised performances. Mr. Melody the well-travelled performer and consummate professional, has amassed a ‘who’s who’ list of collaborators including Dizzee Rascal, DJ Ironic and Chaz Jankel (of Block Heads Fame) not to mention the controversial Vybez Kartel to name but a few. His ineffably charismatic performances embody the SOUL of music, making him transferable to any genre and style.
Mr. Melody joined forces with the other Nu-Soul members towards the end of 2004, creating their signature soulful sound by merging their beautifully balanced harmonies with captivating lyrics, which they have paraded around the country for the past seven years achieving national recognition. Their resolute status as forerunners and pioneers of UK Gospel, R&B and Soul has afforded the talented collective critical acclaim and commissioned comparisons to their American counterparts, Boyz II Men.
Faced with uncertainty of the groups future 2011 has seen Mr Melody return to his roots as the vibrant soloist going it alone and the release of his 1st single entitled; FOR MY PEOPLE (available for purchase from all good digital outlets).
The future seems to be exceptionally bright and very rich with potential for this young man and it’s a safe bet to say it’s only just the beginning of what will be a monumental career in music.