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Mel Parsons


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    Far Away
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    Driving Man
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    Alberta Sun
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    Don't Wait - Ron Sexsmith
With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Mel Parsons built up a solid fan base the old fashioned way - winning over audiences on the live circuit.
Parsons is dynamite on stage and well recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars.
The award winning indie-folk singer released her third full length album ‘Drylands’ to critical acclaim, with a Silver Scroll finalist nod for ‘Get Out Alive’ in 2015, winning the 2016 NZCMA Best Song for ‘Alberta Sun’ and the VNZMA for Best Engineer. Parsons continues touring relentlessly, with shows throughout NZ and around the globe including festival appearances at Woodford Folk Festival (AU), Summerfolk Festival (CAN), WOMAD (NZ), Port Fairy Folk Festival (AU), Folk Alliance International (USA), Byron Bay Bluesfest (w/ Fly My Pretties), The National Folk Festival (AU) and more.
"Exceptionally written, beautifully arranged and remarkably consistent" - The Music AU
“Captivating... impressive new material” - NZ Herald
Solo or with her stellar band, Parsons is at home on stage and renowned as an engaging performer with a naturally emotive voice and razor sharp wit. With a wide breadth of material, she can swing from the gutsy & rhythmic hand-clappers, through to pin-drop ballads in a heartbeat. Testament to Parsons’ songwriting is the endorsement of Canadian music royalty Ron Sexsmith, who lends his voice to the ‘Drylands’ track Don’t Wait.
Since its release ‘Drylands’ has spent 46 weeks in the IMNZ Album Charts, peaking at No.2. The release follows the success of both her debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ in 2009, and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ in 2011, both of which were VNZMA finalists for Folk Album of the Year. Parsons is also a member of Kiwi musical supergroup ‘Fly My Pretties‘, with sell out tours and festival performances throughout Australasia.


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