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Genre: Indie-Folk, Singer-songwriter

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Discography: Over My Shoulder (2009), Red Grey Blue (2011) and Drylands (2015)

Record Label: Cape Road Recordings

For our next showcase artist we travel to Auckland, New Zealand the home of singer-songwriter Mel Parsons. Well recognized as one of New Zealand’s established indie-folk songwriting stars, Mel's musical career is on the rise. Following the success of both her debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ in 2009 and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ in 2011, Mel has just released her third full length album ‘Drylands’ in April. Mel has also been the two time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year. With a dynamite live show, solo or with her band, Mel is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story.

With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Mel has built up her fan base the old fashioned way, winning over audiences on the live circuit. The only New Zealand artist invited to showcase at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, USA in 2014 & 2015, Mel has also had recent tours in Australia, UK, Ireland, and Germany. She is also a cast member of Kiwi musical collective ‘Fly My Pretties‘, with tours and festival performances including the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest at Easter 2015.

Closer to home, along with her own shows, Mel has double-billed sold out tours of NZ wool sheds with comedy duo ‘The Bitches’ Box’ performing over 100 shows together in some of the country’s most remote rural areas.

Her second album ‘Red Grey Blue’ was called “one of New Zealand’s finest releases”*, and spent 28 weeks in the NZ independent album charts. Mel is signed to Australian-based publisher Native Tongue, and has released both of her records in NZ on Border Music & DRM.

An adventurer at heart, Mel grew up on a farm at Cape Foulwind near the small West Coast town of Westport, and her adventures to date have taken her all over the world – highlights including a year living on the edge of the Atacama desert in Chile, and two years in the Rocky Mountains of British Colombia. 

‘Drylands’ was released via Parsons’ own label Cape Road (via DRM & Border Music) on April 10th 2015.

“One of New Zealand’s finest releases” (Waikato Times)

"4.5 stars" (The Sunday Star Times)

“Parsons has a voice that could work any night in Nashville yet sounds somehow intrinsically New Zealand – and the songs are good, very good. We’re converted.” (BLACK Magazine)

“a treat for your ears” (NZ Herald)

“If you’re a folk fan, this should be part of your CD collection.” (Etch Magazine)


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