Melissa Forbes

Melissa Forbes

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter Melissa Forbes has been described as “like the best of Ella, Etta and Aretha”. Praised at home and abroad, Melissa is a soul singer with a bluesy, jazzy style unique among Australian vocalists.

Biography

DEBUT ALBUM: NO MORE MONDAYS (2005)

"No More Mondays" is the outstanding debut album of Australian singer-songwriter and ex-lawyer, Melissa Forbes. Self-produced, recorded in just three days, and released on Melissa's own independent record label, Kitten Kong Records, "No More Mondays" is an album which ambitiously and successfully fuses a range of genres including jazz, soul, r&b, pop, blues & folk. It includes original songs, standards & jazzified takes on popular tunes (e.g. D'Angelo, Michael Jackson, Metallica).

On "No More Mondays" Melissa seamlessly integrates her conservatorium jazz training with adult contemporary grooves, producing an album of diverse and refreshingly different tracks. Eight of Melissa's own songs are featured on the album and each reflects a different aspect of Melissa's broad range of musical influences and tastes.

Released independently in Australia in 2005, and spending three months in the Top 10 of the Australian Independent Jazz Chart (www.air.org.au), "No More Mondays" is available internationally via CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) and digitally via iTunes (www.apple.com). Two minute samples of all tracks on the album can be heard at Melissa's CD Baby profile.

TRACKLISTING

1. Intro
2. Black Coffee/Brown Sugar
3. Broken Wings (For Chet)
4. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
5. Thinking You Over
6. The Weekday Sun
7. Rising Up?
8. Shadows of Love (Love for Sale)
9. You're My Alter Ego/Nothing Else Matters
10. Still
11. Blackheart Blues
12. As I Sing

ALBUM CREDITS

* Produced by Melissa Forbes with Ben Stewart, Brisbane, Australia
* All music written by Melissa Forbes except 1, 2, 4 & 9
* Label - Kitten Kong Records
* Australian Commerical Release - March 2005
* Australian Distributor - MRA Entertainment

KITTEN KONG RECORDS (November 2005)

* Label Info: info@kittenkong.com
* Bookings: melissa@melissaforbes.com
* Promotions: murray@kittenkong.com

Lyrics

Blackheart Blues

Written By: Melissa Forbes

I'm feeling so bad
And Lord it feels so good
I'm just wallowin' low
Down the dark alleys of my neighbourhood
Don't tell me to perk
Don't tell me to spark
I'm loving every minute of this dark heart baby
I've got them black heart blues

You say I'll emerge
You say that my demons all will be purged
You say I can change
All I need is just the urge
You want me to smile
I've got bile in my throat
Right now I'm hell and I'm takin' off my coat
Baby yeah
Lord knows I've got them black heart blues

(Guitar Solo)

(Trumpet Solo)

It's morning once more
Guess what? I've had a change of heart
It is no longer blue
But pumping red and ready to fire
Fog is lifting
Sands are shifting
Peace is flowing over me
Yeah baby
I think I'm shaking these black heart blues

(Copyright: Kitten Kong Records, 2005)

Discography

NO MORE MONDAYS (2005): Kitten Kong Records

Set List

Melissa can perform as a duo (with guitar or keyboards) up to a 6 piece band, depending on your requirements. Her sets comprise a blend of jazz and blues, popular songs, and her own material. Some of the many songs performed by Melissa are listed below.

JAZZ & BLUES STANDARDS

All Blues
All of You
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Alter Ego
Autumn Leaves
Baltimore Oriole
Beautiful Love
Black Coffee/Brown Sugar
Blue Monk
Born to be Blue
But Not For Me
Desafinado
Devil May Care
Don’t Go to Strangers
East of the Sun
Easy Living
Easy to Love
Estate
Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You
In A Mellow Tone
It Could Happen To You
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Just In Time
Look of Love
Love For Sale
Midnight Sun
Moanin’
Moon and Sand
My Romance
Night and Day
On Green Dolphin St
‘Round Midnight
Sophisticated Lady
Stella By Starlight
Stolen Moments
Stompin’ At The Savoy
The Very Thought of You
Them There Eyes
There is No Greater Love
Time After Time
Today I Sin