Meliki

Meliki

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Meliki is an award winning emerging young professional artist with extensive musical training and experience as a performer. A multi-instrumentalist playing as a session musician while developing her solo act on guitar and later incorporating songwriting.

Biography

Much of Meliki’s influences came while growing up in Australia to a regular dose of western songs peppered with exotic music CDs of popular indigenous artists sent from her American based family who spent time in Hawaii, Brazil, Cuba, Ethiopia and other countries rich in musical culture. When she took up playing instruments she leaned towards the nylon string guitar to study composers from these foreign shores while developing a strong foothold in contemporary jazz and popular music improvising on piano and bass. In her teens she travelled to many of these places and absorbed the unique feel that makes these rhythms resonate worldwide.

Meliki is a multi-instrumentalist who trained at the VCA. She performed with a number of original acts and coverbands on bass, keys, guitar and vocals while developing her solo act from original guitar instrumentals and later moving into songwriting creating her own folk-pop sound incorporating the rootsy world influences she grew up with. Playing solo Meliki creates her own percussion accompaniment from the guitar fed through a loop pedal. As a group she incorporates bass, keys, drums and percussion as reflected in her May 2008 release EP tracks, many of the instruments being performed herself.

In a short time Meliki developed a regular live performance schedule playing original sets around Melbourne at venues, festivals and special events. With the release of her debut EP Movin' On in May 2008 she has travelled regionally and interstate with plans in 2009 to tour the West Coast USA.

Her experience in a wide range of genres and breadth of playing different rhythms creates an intriguing blend of musical arrangements with an interplay between song and instrumentation infrequently heard in female artists. For pinpointing appropriate places to ‘slot’ her overall sound into genres, she is more akin to male artists like John Butler, Peter Murray and Jack Johnston than the obvious female music successes. Some female artist comparisons have been made in certain elements of her music with Joni Mitchell, Carol King and KT Tunstall with regards to performance or songwriting.

Lyrics

Encore

Written By: Ashley Meliki Shoup

Encore
© 2006 Ashley Mel’iki Shoup


Intro
A D x 2

Verse
A
The curtain may be fading red
D
But you’re a bright new star
A
The show up there was made for you
D
They all know who you are
F#-
The lights are white hot,
G
You can’t even see the crowd
E-
They don’t know who you are,
It’s you they wanna see

Chorus
C D A
Encore, encore, they’re calling for more
G E-
They wanna see you one last time
F#- D
Before the show is done
C D A
Encore, encore, you have to see it through
G E-
Just go out there one last time
F#- D
They’re waiting for you

Verse
A
You’re an idol to their eyes
D
It was no accident
A
Drawn to your aura of blue and gold
D
For stardom you were meant
F#-
The lights are white hot,
G
You can’t even see the crowd
E-
They don’t know who you are,
It’s you they wanna see

Chorus
C D A
Encore, encore, they’re calling for more
G E-
They wanna see you one last time
F#- D
Before the show is done
C D A
Encore, encore, you have to see it through
G E-
Just go out there one last time
F#- D
They’re waiting for you

Bridge
E-
They see you as a Superman
F#-
Immune from the daily drain
G
But when the cape is gone
A
They don’t recognize you’re face

Chorus
C D A
Encore, encore, they’re calling for more
G E-
They wanna see you one last time
F#- D
Before the show is done
C D A
Encore, encore, you have to see it through
G E-
Just go out there one last time
F#- D
They’re waiting for you

Lead Me

Written By: Ashley Meliki Shoup

Lead Me
© 2007 Ashley Mel’iki Shoup


Verse 1
E-7
Cool it, cool it baby
A-7
You’re getting too hot
E-7
You can slow the beat down,
G
But don’t let it stop

Verse 2
E-7
He feels desire
A-7
It’s in his eyes
E-7
Moving slowly
B
The waves rise

Chorus
G
Lead the rhythm
F#- B
As we sway through the night, it takes over
A-
You can feel the heat
E- B
It comes from the beat, we dance in time
E-
Lead the rhythm

Verse 3
E-7
My heart’s beating fast
A-7
You’re touch burns deep
E-7
The night pulls me in
G A
I need to be released


Chorus
G
Lead the rhythm
F#- B
As we sway through the night, it takes over
A-
You can feel the heat
E- B
It comes from the beat, we dance in time
E-
Lead the rhythm

Movin' On

Written By: Ashley Mel'iki Shoup

Movin’ On
©2006 Ashley Meliki Shoup

Intro
A- D-7

Verse 1
A- D-7
Childish games, I don’t play
F G
Hide and seek has never been my forte
A- D-7
A- D-7
A- D-7
Try to sort the truth from the lies
F G
You’re not an actor in disguise
A- D-7
A- D-7

Pre-Chorus
C G
Old enough to know how to live
F E7
In the big wide world

Chorus
A- D-7
Stand up, and become worthwhile
F E7
Get out, and face the world at large
A- D-7
Play time is over,
F E7
The dolls and bears are gone
A- D-7
Real life is about real people
F E7
And moving out, and moving on

A- D-7

Verse 2
A- D-7
Living life in the imaginary
F G
Shut off from the world
A- D-7
Stop acting like your 3 years old
F G
You’re not a diva in control
A- D-7
A- D-7

Pre-Chorus
C G
Old enough to know how to live
F E7
In the big wide world

Chorus
A- D-7
Stand up, and become worthwhile
F E7
Get out, and face the world at large
A- D-7
Play time is over,
F E7
The dolls and bears are gone
A- D-7
Real life is about real people
F E7
And moving out, and moving on

A- D-7

Bridge
Move on to…
C G
Slaying the dragon in real life
A-
They’re still around
C G E7
Stand in its way and you’ll be found

Chorus
A- D-7
Stand up, and become worthwhile
F E7
Get out, and face the world at large
A- D-7
Play time is over,
F E7
The dolls and bears are gone
A- D-7
Real life is about real people
F E7
And moving out, and moving on

A- D-7

House of Mirrors

Written By: Meliki (Ashley Meliki Shoup)

House Of Mirrors lyrics
Meliki
© 2008 Ashley Mel’iki Shoup

I walk in a house of mirrors
Not knowing which one’s me
The freak show of emotions
Was not what I wanted to see

Clinging a cloak tightly
As protection from the world

When the mirror cracks, the glass shatters
I see things how they really are
Hiding from myself
To make it through tomorrow
Is not a way to spend a day

There’s a wall I built
That’s now crumbling down
The wind gently nudges me out
To the un-refracted light

Discography

See:
Debut 5-track EP released May 2008
www.meliki.com

Set List

Originals Songlist ©Ashley Meliki Shoup 2004-2008

As The Door Closes
Boxes
Breathe
Burning Up
Changing
Dancing With You
Eagle’s Home
Encore
Final Curtain
Friday Night
House of Mirrors
I Don’t Wanna
It's Been So Long
Impressions
Lead Me
Living On The Flip Side
Looking
Mask
Movin On
One More Time*
Out of Time*
Perfect
Ride On
Sunny Days
Swept Away
The Day
The Good Things*
The Reasons
Understand
Walk Away
(*©2006 Ashley Shoup/Aleysha Nguyen)