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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.

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