Melanie Dekker

Melanie Dekker

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
SoloAlternativeAcoustic

This girl's roots-pop music is best suited for theatres and festivals, though she got her grit from singing nightly at apres ski bars. Her voice like chocolate and punchy acoustic guitar style hit with immediate impact. She's got a sense of sympathy and a vivacious persona that leaps out of every song. It's reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer & Ani Defranco.

Biography

"This girl's music and style hit me with immediate impact. She's got a sense of sympathy and a vivacious persona that leaps out of every song."

Canada's "voice-like-chocolate" Melanie Dekker (radio hits: "I Said I" & "Boomerang"), has been touring over 100 concerts in Europe yearly with 6 feel-good CD's in tow. Her world-class strumming, sympathetic lyrics and roots-pop emotive style make for a very colourful concert. "I want to move you, that's why I make music", exclaims Dekker. Her quirky latest release "Secret Spot" is playing on stations world wide. The previous release "Distant Star", in its raw and punchy production is like a warm blanket for Dekker's vivacious smokey tone. 

Dekker has opened for Diana Krall, Bryan Adams, Russell Peters, Chaka Khan & Faith Hill and as performed for President William J. Clinton. She'screated a string of popular youtube videos which include her music synched to her view on the Polar Bear Swim, the 2010 Olympics, her own Wisdom tooth removal, making out with a mannequin, and her Christmas concerts in Afghanistan. This self-made indie artist is the 'Sunshine from Vancouver' and she'll light up every stage.

In Europe, Melanie is a monster draw - heading festivals in Germany, Czech Republic & Estonia. She was up for humanitarian artist of the year and video of the year for, "Wounded Soldier" at the 2009 LA MUSIC AWARDS; and throughout her career, she has won various songwriting competitions.

Dekker's influences include Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Jewel & CCR.

"A fiery performer that tells stories from the heart that are carried along with hooky melodies...the show is breathtaking!" SME studios.

According to: David Kershenbaum (producer for Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Joan Baez, Joe Jackson,) : "Discovering and working with Melanie Dekker matches the excitement and enthusiasm I experienced with other new female artists including Tracy Chapman and Tori Amos. And I strongly feel that Melanie's originality and uniqueness at writing and performing will quickly launch her [further] into celebrity status. She is definitely an artist to pay attention to."

"Pure Energy & Emotion with a strong voice" Elephant Ears Entertainment.

Dekker tours incessantly and records a new record about every 2 years. Her concerts in The Netherlands, Canada, USA, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Austria, Switzerland and Afghanistan are often sold out. They are inventive and musically diverse because of Dekker's spontaneity, her elaborate song selections, various touring side-kick musicians, and because her songs hit with immediate impact.

Lyrics

HIPPIE

Written By: Melanie Dekker,Mike Bell,Elyse Jacobson

Trying Flower Power for a change
Bustin' out of this button up cage
Pumpin' Joni and Janis on the stereo
Getting away from the go go go mode

So now I'm, Pimpin' Peace and Love n' the goddess up above
I think I'm gonna go commando

I'm a Hippie
I'll throw the rules away today
Life is mysterious don't take it serious
I'm everybody's friend when I'm in a backbend
I'm a Hippie, I'm a Hippie

You gotta compost worries, let the good vibes grow
Come on everybody, let your true self show
Grab a djembe, and I'll bring my guitar
The sunshine's waiting for a jam in the park

Oh yeah now, my toes feel the breeze
& I'm one with grass & trees

Set the girls free, Keep some different company
Try a herbal remedy, Like ginseng green tea
Songs sound better, When we sing em together
I do what I like, With my second hand bike
Stick it to Coca Cola, Make some homemade granola
Let's fine dine, with organic red wine

FLOWERS

Written By: Melanie Dekker

Met the girl of his dreams
He was just sixteen
He'd do back flips to turn his head
He really loved her
Down on one knee at twenty
He said baby marry me
They vowed pretty sacred promises
He felt like a king
He worked really hard
Built a castle bought a car
Wanted to make her dreams true
They raised a family

He didn't notice her drifting away by the hours
He forgot to bring her flowers
Didn't know what went wrong
They stopped getting along

Climbing the ladder His wallet got fatter
Got lost in his own world
He didn't listen
To the hints she was dropping
So she dug her heels in
The party quickly came to an end
pay more attention

He didn't notice her drifting away by the hours
He forgot to bring her flowers
Didn't know what went wrong
They stopped getting along

Inside out and upside down
He would do anything now
To turn it all around

I Said I

Written By: Melanie Dekker

You've done what you said you wouldn't do
What you shouldn't do and couldn't do
You've gone back to her
You never told her about me
Nothing 'bout me nothing about me
So you'd look so good

I said I want what you want
I guess not I don't want her
I said I want you to be happy
I guess that means happy with me
I said I want the best for you
But I guess I want what's best for me

You will try to make me feel better
So you feel you feel better
I hope you feel bad like me (so bad)
I can hear the words you're gonna try to say to me
How you say it the way you say it
Nothing makes this okay

Got a pillow over my head
I dont want to get out of med
I know I said what I said
I did not realize what I meant

What a Fool I am

Written By: Melanie Dekker

What a fool I am?
To believe that you could be my man
?From the outside looking in I see
?You had everything I was needing
?Looking up at your leaps of Faith?
Word of Honour and the way you play?
But from the inside looking out I see
?you're not the one who you pretend to be
?I wasn't pretending, Now I just need mending?
What a fool I am ?
To believe that you could be my man
?I want a man who'll undress me slowly?
Hold me steady when I feel unsteady
?I want a man who's as strong as he looks?
Braver than any man on the books?
Hoped it was you hoped you loved me too
?tainted by the things we cant undo?
Now i am not sleeping, you're not for keeping
?What a fool I am ?
To believe that you could be my man
?To believe that you could be my man?

We're the Angels

Written By: Melanie Dekker,Dave Pickrell,Jason Nett

We're the Angels
Melanie Dekker/ Dave Pickell/ Jason Nett

Candle, shadow, halo, around the moon
Staring, at you, nothing, I'd rather do
Where you, take me, somewhere I want to be
Are we real or am I dreaming

Maybe I'm in heaven and I just don't know it yet
Everything changes just by the way we're looking at it
Maybe there are places where no one is a stranger
Maybe this is heaven baby, and we're the angels

A thousand questions stealing away my time
Losing patience, falling between the lines
Now you're with me the where and the why disappear
And all that's left is your breathing

CHORUS

Where there is no one way sign
And no dark secrets to deny
Hidden meanings are a lie
Everything is right in front of your eyes

CHORUS

Meant to be

Written By: Melanie Dekker

Meant to be
You get just close enough so that I fall hard for you
You stay far away enough so the dance always feels new
Butterflies came in and never settled in, you are something I'd ever get used to
But now I'm barely hanging in, love tricked me again, my heart's pleading for rescue

If it's meant to be
I pray as I watch you walk away from me
If it's meant to be...So it will be

Funny I feel so alive, when the pain is diggin' in
It's like I've got dirt in my eyes; you can't stop my own suffering
Soothing are the views, that leave me less confused, where explanations mean nothing
Loving you is not, something that just stops, the casualty is this "must be apart" thing

If it's meant to be
I pray as I watch you walk away from me
If it's meant to be...So it will be

It pulls me apart like some ancient torture
Just when I feel fine, the memories start over (but if it's...)

If it's meant to be
I say as tears fall in disbelief
If it's meant to be...So it will be
Goodbye it will be

Until The Wind stops Blowin'

Written By: Melanie Dekker,Robbin Thompson

Sometimes a promise doesn't last near long enough
Maybe that's why the world is spinning crazy out of control
So I hope you'll believe me, when I tell you
I won't ever be far from you
I'll be there when you need somebody to hold

Baby, I'm gonna love you
'til the wind stops blowin' in Denmark
As long as there's bicycles rolling
down the Copenhagen streets
I'm gonna be there to hold you,
when the world is cold & dark
I'm gonna love you,
'til the wind stops blowin' in Denmark

Some say they'll love you until the mountains fall to the ground
Other lovers may tell you until the walls come tumblin' down
So I hope you'll believe me, when I tell you
I won't ever be far from you,
Mountains they can crumble, but I'll always be around

Windmills turnin, throwin' heartbeats to the skies
Your picture perfect, when lookin' through my eyes...
I'm gonna love you...

Kissed you yet

Written By: Melanie Dekker,Jennifer Danczak

Through the blur of the bright lights I catch sweet you
You'd paid to hear some sassy songs of mine
A thousands nights I sing about love and life
But never have I witnessed love at first sight

I haven't even kissed you yet
And I'm holding my breath
I haven't even kissed you yet
The thought of us alone
Saying goodbye, hello
Is making me sweat

"I Said I " is swelling tears in the audience eye
But I can't even hear me singing it on the outside
Cause now I'm dancing with you at low tide
You touch my neck, whisper, " I love that you're mine"

I haven't even kissed you yet
Here I'm holding my breath
I haven't even kissed you yet
The thought of us alone
Saying goodbye, hello
Is making me sweat

(solo bit)

Hand in hand we grab the sunset and Moulin Rouge
Go cruising through Egypt, like we were meant to
And I dream of us laughing 'bout all the silly things we do
Like a fairytale, you rescue me and I rescue you

I haven't even kissed you yet
And I'm holding my breath
I haven't even kissed you yet
The thought of us alone
Saying goodbye, hello

You're so out of range, I'm dying for this to change
Although we've never really met, I've given you a name
I'm calling sugar, darlin', sweetie, honey, baby… it's all the same!
wait a sec….

I haven't even kissed you yet
And I'm holding my breath
I haven't even kissed you yet
The thought of us alone
Saying goodbye…goodbye!

I haven't even kissed you yet
Here I'm holding my breath
I haven't even kissed you yet
The thought of us alone
Saying goodbye…hello

What A Fool I Am

Written By: Melanie Dekker

What a fool I am
To believe that you could be
my man

From the outside looking in I see
You had everything I was needing
Looking up at your leaps of Faith
Word of Honour and the way you play

But from the inside looking out I see
you're not the one who you pretend to be
I wasn't pretending
Now I just need mending

What a fool I am
To believe that you could be my man

I want a man who'll undress me slowly
Hold me steady when I feel unsteady
I want a man who's as strong as he looks
Braver than any man on the books

Hoped it was you hoped you loved me too
tainted by the things we cant undo
now i am not sleeping, you're not for keeping

What a fool I am
To believe that you could be my man

Distant Star

Written By: Melanie Dekker

DISTANT STAR - Melanie Dekker
Acoustic Guitars: Melanie Dekker | Rhodes, Electric Guitar, Percussion: Allan Rodger

I’d like to be yours
I’d like you to say "she’s mine", all mine
Par for the course
I’ve fallen in love this time, this time

I’d sure love to dance
All over the world with you, I do
Dream of the chance
I’ll be the one you choose

I’m a distant star praying for your heart
For now I watch you from a far
It’s not so bad, no not at all
But at the end of the day
Another day’s faded away

I’d like to find
A path that leads to your door
And leave a sign
That only leaves you wanting more

Of all the saddest words
Of tongue or pen; the saddest I’ve heard
Are: It might have been, it might have been

Worry Gets You Nowhere

Written By: Melanie Dekker,Stefan Rapp,Martin Rose

WORRY GETS YOU NOWHERE - Melanie Dekker / Stefan Rapp / Martin Rose
Banjo: Melanie Dekker | Electric Guitar: David Sinclair | Bass, Piano, Drums: Allan Rodger
| Accordion: Mike Bell | BG Vocals: Lesley Miller

Sometimes sleep won't come easy when it's time for bed
So enjoy the rising sun and listen to what your heart says
There's no need to toss and turn
Just read the writing on the wall

Worry gets you nowhere gets you nowhere
Gets you nowhere, nowhere nowhere at all
Worry gets you nowhere gets you nowhere
Gets you nowhere, nowhere nowhere at all

Sometimes you get mad for reasons you can't grasp
It turns out everything's fine but now you've said things you can't take back
Your mind can waste your time
And throw you down a waterfall

Worry gets you nowhere, nowhere at all
Worry gets you nowhere, nowhere at all

I hope you want to be the one who will say
I led my life before my life lead me astray

Discography

ALBUMS

  • 2015 - LEKKER EH? (live album with David Sinclair)
  • 2013 - DISTANT STAR (Release Feb 14 ) 
  • 2011 - HERE & NOW (release date: March 2011)
  • 2010 - LEKKER DEKKER 2 (live from European concerts)
  • 2007 - ACOUSTIC RIDE (acoustic studio with J.Nett & E.Reed)
  • 2006 - REVEALED (reached #1 seller on cd baby.com)
  • 2003 - JUST BECAUSE (Hit song "I Said I" Top 10 Canada on pop and ac radio)
  • 2000 - 4 PLAY (all girl band)
  • 1999 - UH HUH (self-produced in Vancouver, CAN)
  • 1997-  IMPULSIVE

SINGLES

  • (2013) BOOMERANG & DISTANT STAR
  • (2006) WOUNDED SOLDIER   
  • (2004) BLUE BLANKET
  • (2003) I SAID I (reached top 10 of the charts in Canada 2003 & 2004),
  • (2002) WHEN I THINK OF YOU

Also streaming on radio through out Europe and North America:

  • Little Miracle 
  • Were the Angels 
  • Meant to be

Reviews from the UK to USA to GERMANY are available.

Set List

Occasionally, I surprise the audience with a cover tune...otherwise all original sets. A typical concert is one hour and 15 minutes of high energy, memorable and intense moments. Melanie will also perform (2) 40 minute sets and is willing to work with any promoters for the good of the show.