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"Fan Reviews!"

Author: Tracy Humphrey
...Your style, vocal range and the music is awesome but most of all it's anointed! God bless you and I can't wait to hear your next cd!!!!

Author: Sharon Buyck
... This artist adds a fresh new innovative sound to Gospel, R&B, Pop, and jazz.

author: Tonya Baroudi
I was truly moved by your voice. It has a soothing effect and at times an invigorating style...


"The Reason, CD!"

I received this cd a few days ago, this is a great project. I love all the songs, quality of production and overall packaging. Melody you are blessed to have such a great ministry. All of your tracks have been added to our play list.

President, Christian Internet Radio - Henry W. Harris

"Melody - The Reason"

God gave a lot of us the ability to sing, but what makes the difference is the way that it is used and Melody surely captured the essence of a true artist on this recording.
This is one of those CDs that should be played over and over again…thumbs up to Melody!

Delroy Souden - - EnsoundEntertainment





Melody Barnes aka "The Soul Butterfly" is a 2009 Stellar Award, New Artist of the Year Nominee and headlining broadcast performer. The Detroit native is also the recipient of the Washington Area Music Association's 2008 WAMMIE Award (in conjunction with BMI) for Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.
Refusing to be locked into a genre specific box, her debut cd, The Reason, shows not only her vocal, songwriting, and production prowess but also a musical boldness and versatility that is undeniable.
Melody delights the musical palate with an inspirational & soulful ambrosia derived from her refreshing and unique vocal blending of Soul, Jazz, R & B, and Gospel.

Along with her family, Melody also credits a "chance" encounter with one of her musical mentors, Fred Hammond as a major inspiration for her deciding to pursue her musical passion.
Melody has a clear perspective of the power of music and it's univeral appeal. Currently, she is ready to tackle even more genres in which to bring inspiration and the messages of life to others around the world.

Melody has opened up for and shared platforms with such notable Inspirational & Gospel artists as, Marvin Winans, Angelo & Veronica, Deitrick Haddon, Gary Oliver, Heather Headley, Larnell Harris, Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage, and a host of others. Most recently, Melody has performed on the stage of the coveted and legendary, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN during the 24th Annual Stellar Awards. Also, no stranger to the acting stage, she has performed in several Gospel Musical Productions, which included appearances at Washington, DC's historic Lincoln Theater & Maryland's celebrated Publick Playhouse.

The Reason project, boasts a myriad of songs birthed out of Melody's own personal life story, testimony, and candid reflection of her journey... It is from this place that her tremendous passion & raw emotion is evoked and felt in every song and note she sings.
Her musical inspirations range from a wide group of music legends and innovators such as, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald, along with contemporary counterparts such as, Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, India Arie, Stephanie Mills, Chaka Khan, and Yolanda Adams. These, as well as others, have helped to inspire & shape the sound and style that is uniquely…Melody! For booking and media, contact Zimari Entertainment Group @ 240-498-2208.