*What made you decide to become a tribute artiste/vocalist?

I always sang, from very young and it was something that took me out of myself. I was originally going to be an English Teacher, but just couldn’t not do music!

*Do you come from a musical family?

 My mother was an actress and her father a concert pianist. My dad is tone-deaf!

*How long have you been performing your tribute act or act?

I have been performing solo cabaret since about 2010 when I gave up cruise ships, where I was always the singer in the cast.

*What work is involved in putting the show together?

A lot of learning and keeping up to date. I try to put a show together tailored to each booking/audience.

*Which of your shows to date has been your favourite and why?

This sounds cheesy probably, but its the variety that makes my job great. I do like bookings where I can sing ballads and show off what I can do, as that is why you become a singer really, but watching a dance floor fill up is just as rewarding.

*What is the most enjoyable thing about being a vocalist?

People’s responses. When someone says they really enjoyed your act, or stayed up to watch you finish, its lovely. That is when it is really rewarding.

*What is your fondest musical memory?

oooh, either getting my first big solo at a major theatre aged 10 or winning the ‘Performer of the Year’ award at my Graduation, both were a shock at the time and I was so happy.

*What is your favourite song to perform?

I Knew You Were Waiting by Aretha Franklin.

*What do you do to prepare for a tribute performance or vocal performance?

I do a full warm up, decide a set-list that will suit my audience, and of course get dressed up!

*Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I am a really good balloon modeler with a degree in English Literature.

*What advice would you give to beginners in this industry?

Perseverance is what will pay off.

*Have you performed with or for any celebrities?

Yes lots, including Eternal, Leslie Garratt, Ella Eyre and Jerry Hall.

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Melanie performs the National Anthem

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