Melanie Scholtz, The Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2010, was born to sing. In 2002, she won Best Jazz Vocalist in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters competition and in 2006 released her debut album, entitled ‘Zillion Miles’.
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Her voice has not only won her awards and competitions, it has also won her favour and acclaim singing the South African National anthem at the President’s Cup Golf tournament in 2003 to former South African president Nelson Mandela and the world. She has been invited to perform in Spain, Portugal, Holland, Morocco, Norway, Sweden and Austria and collaborates with numerous artists both nationally and internationally. Melanie has performed with the who’s who of the South African jazz scene, as well as acclaimed international musicians such as Norwegian Band Inkala, Belgian jazz pianist Jack van Poll, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin and Joe McBride.
She lectured in jazz vocal studies at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2005 and has been involved in Artscape’s Youth Jazz development projects since 2006. Melanie is also an accomplished composer, lyricist and musical director and in February 2009 recorded her second album with Norwegian trumpeter and producer, Ole Jorn Myklebust. ‘Connected’ features her new original compositions and was released at Artscape in February 2010. It was followed shortly by ‘Living Standards’, a traditional jazz album, in April 2010. Both albums feature Melanie Scholtz with her band, The Love Apples. Melanie continues to be invited to perform overseas completed a two-week tour in the Czech Republic in April 2011, followed by a festival gig in Hamar, Norway as part of the Anjazz Jazz festival.
It has been said about Melanie Scholtz’s music that it is like a “best friend”, and listeners are always inspired by her musical honesty. This South African artist will continue to captivate listeners with her original and unique sound.