POWERFUL NEW AMERICANA VOICE EMERGES AS MELANIE BRULÉE SETS RELEASE DATE FOR FIRES, FLOODS & THINGS WE LEAVE BEHIND
TWO SHOWCASES SET FOR AMERICANAFEST
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 - Melanie Brulée – a powerful new Americana voice – will release Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind on October 19. Inspired by a road trip from Nashville to Las Vegas along Route 66, the music unfolds in widescreen, western textures influenced by Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino soundtracks. Her single I’ll Get Over You is out now and has been added to Spotify’s official Renegade Folk & Down Home Country playlists. Melanie will showcase the new album at AMERICANAFEST, Folk Music Ontario and celebrate the release in Canada with shows in Toronto on October 18th & Montreal on October 20th - more to be announced very soon at www.melaniebrulee.com.
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“I grew up force-fed country music in my grandmother’s trailer on the St Lawrence river, so of course I rebelled against it,” she recalls. But her Sunday evenings with The Ole Fashion — and several trips to Nashville — reignited her interest in country music. And she’s spent most of her summer touring as a duo with the band’s pedal steel player, Kevin “The General” Neal. Always one for reinvention, she’s put together a new band including Jimmy Reid (Matthew Good, Blackie Jackett Jr), Kyle Teixeira and Adam Warner (Jill Barber, Royal Wood).
The album’s 12 songs are loosely based around the idea of the 12 steps of addiction recovery. It is a tip of the hat to loved ones who've gotten sober and those who never did, including her dad. It explores the theme of letting go of habits that are no longer useful. ‘Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind’ kicks off with the evocative “I Will,” featuring a western motif and trumpets and would fit on a playlist with Johnny and June’s “Ring of Fire.” “I’ll Get Over You” wrestles with the power of memory but also how to coexist with it. “Pretty Wasteland” was written directly for Brulée’s good friend, who was then newly sober. The hard-driving “Whiskey and Whine” tackles the balance of the past and present while the tender, fingerpicked “Tennessee Years” adds gratitude to love. “Oklahoma Rain” is a character sketch of a roadside breakdown. “We Get Lost” looks to the future with hope and reticence in equal measure.
While she grew up in Canada, Brulée has also lived in France and Australia. She currently lives in Toronto but spends a lot of time songwriting in Nashville. She’s already opened for Kathleen Edwards; won a Stingray Music Rising Star Award, and joined Chicago’s Strategic Touring for US booking.
Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind Track Listing
1. I Will
2. I’ll Get Over You
3. Pretty Wasteland
4. Can’t Rely on Rain
5. Whiskey & Whine
6. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
7. Tennessee Years
9. Oklahoma Rain
10. Bust It Up & Fix It
11. We Get Lost
12. I Will (reprise)
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Friday, September 14 – AmericanaFest, Nashville, TN - Finest Folk @ 12th & Porter – 6:10pm(114 12th Ave N.)
Saturday, September 15 - AmericanaFest, Nashville, TN - Canadian Blast showcase @InDo -12:45pm (632 Fogg St.)
Friday, September 28 - Saturday, September 29 - Mississauga, ON - Folk Music Ontario Showcases
Thursday, October 18 - Toronto, ON - The Dakota Tavern
Saturday, October 20 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
*More To Be Announced Soon*
What's The Story about Melanie Brulée?
Born in Cornwall Ontario to bilingual parents, Toronto-based Melanie Brulée interweaves her native language into her art like she crisscrosses musical genres: with ease. From the first listen, you can hear how her years living in Australia and France have influenced her style and sound. The first offering rich surf-style guitar tones and catchy hooks and the latter blurring the lines between audience and performer, like a speakeasy cabaret. What most might call Americana, folk-rock or country music, Melanie colours with her own distinctive essence, bringing a vintage respect to a modern sound. Seeing her ease onstage, it’s clear that’s where she feels most at home, quickly winning over audiences with her charisma.
Melanie’s striking stage presence, unique vocal stylings and expressive confidence have opened several doors for her since the release of her French album Débridée (2015), giving her the chance to build a solid team including management, booking, distribution and publishing. Critically acclaimed by media in Québec as well as across Canada, the album earned Melanie a Stingray Music Rising Star Award as well as three Trille Or nominations at Canada’s largest recognition of excellence in the arts outside of Québec. Melanie was featured on the official Ontario 150 anthem ‘A Place to Stand’ which was highly distributed across the province during 2017.
Her singles have been on regular rotation on CBC, Radio-Canada as well as Sirius XM satellite in Canada and the USA, allowing her to build a following and tour the continent playing 100's of shows per year. Most recent highlights include opening for Kathleen Edwards, Whitehorse and Amanda Marshall as well as performances at renowned festivals such as Mariposa Folk Fest, Luminato, Francofolies, Montreal Folk on the Canal and multiple performances at Yonge-Dundas Square. Most recently, Melanie has been spending significant time honing her craft as a songwriter in Nashville with some of Music City’s finest in preparation for her upcoming 2018 release.
The success of Débridée opened another unexpected door, allowing her to begin a conversation about mental health with her audience. She began running workshops on self-confidence with students across North America, encouraging young people to talk about their fears and anxieties, offering tips and tricks on dealing with depression, and sharing her story as a suicide loss survivor. “After my father’s passing, I remember being so angry. The truth is that without being able to express myself through songwriting, I’d be an absolute mess. Sharing my story with others has helped me get through the pain and loss and I hope that I can offer the same refuge to others through music and open conversation.” Melanie’s third full-length album Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind further explores themes of family, loss and addiction.