Entertainment

Melody brings a strong sound to Bluesfest

FRESH: Chicago musician Melody Angel.
FRESH: Chicago musician Melody Angel.

BORN and raised on the south side of Chicago, Melody Angel began playing guitar at the age of thirteen.

Even though her mother was barely getting by raising two children alone, she found a way to introduce Melody to her first Fender Stratocaster by buying the guitar out of a window of a pawn shop.

Angel plays regularly at Buddy Guy's nightclub Legends in Chicago, which is considered a stamp of approval by the great himself.

To have an idea of what she will bring to Bluesfest, check out her latest YouTube video:

(Warning: It may contain traces of awesomeness)

Angel said she has been inspired by some of the artists performing at this year's Bluesfest, such as Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt and Santana, among others.

"Nina Simone said something in the 1960s that resonated with me so much that it changed the course of my life forever. She showed me that singing my truth could help free and inspire my people. One voice could change the world," she said.

"Growing up in Chicago is really hard on a young black kid. I had to deal with so much injustice and flat out racism, that I thought that was all the world would ever show me. Music saved me from that hopeless reality, and took me all over the world.

"The truth of my history, and my present circumstance empowers me to walk this earth with my head held high, because I know survival is in my blood. Knowledge is my power and I want to feed that knowledge to my community, the only way I know how, and that's with a microphone at my lips and a Fender Strat in my hand."

  • At Bluesfest on April, Thursday 13, Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Monday 17.

Topics:  bluesfest2017 byron bay northern rivers entertainment whatson



FIRE WATCH: Cameras to catch firebugs announced with fire ban

Hidden cameras are being installed in State forests after spate of arson attacks.

"It is sickening anyone would recklessly endanger people's lives"

$4m sale breaks Lennox record

A new record has been set for Lennox Head with 65 Dress Circle Drive selling at Auction for over $4 million.

Lennox Head record smashed by $800,000.

Why SCU is supporting marriage equality

The marriage debate is about nothing more or less than whether fellow human beings can be allowed equality, says Bill Hoffman.

"Organisations like ours have responsibility to exercise leadership"

Local Partners

Documentary exposes our worst phone habits

THE way we use our smartphones is anything but clever. A shocking number of us are guilty of this very stupid act.

Pippa gets married and then cuts her hair. Typical

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kiss after their wedding at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England Saturday, May 20, 2017. Middleton, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte was in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

Why do women cut their hair after marriage?

What's on the small screen this week

Tim Ross and Ben Mingay host the new TV series Cannonball.

AUSSIES jump into Cannonball and paranoia takes hold in Samoa.

Kylie Jenner is reportedly pregnant

There are reports 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Is there another addition coming to the Jenner-Kardashian clan?

Quins mum: 'Hey Miranda Kerr, want to wife-swap with me?'

Kim Tucci is a mum of quintuplets

Mum of quintuplets has a hilarious response to Miranda Kerr

Why '90s Hollywood heart-throb disappeared

Wild America co-stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas, 15, Devon Sawa, 18, and Scott Bairstow, 27, pose in New York June 26, 1997.

IN THE late 90s, Casper star Devon Sawa was a teen heart throb.

Wengie now a Powerpuff Girl

Australian YouTube star Wengie  voices the new PowerPuff Girl Bliss.

Aussie makes debut as the fourth Powerpuff Girl