For over two decades now Melinda Schneider has been a leading light of the “new breed” of Australian Country music artists both in Australia and the US.
In a career which began with a stage debut at the age of three, she has kept her family tradition alive by becoming one of Australia’s most sublime singers and popular live performers. But it is through her assured and accomplished song writing that she has really discovered her true voice.
With 10 albums under her belt, she has earned two Gold records and won numerous awards, including six CMAA Golden Guitars – featuring 2008 Top Selling Album for Stronger, 2005 Album Of The Year with Family Tree, APRA Song Of The Year for the song Real People and Female Vocalist Of The Year in 2003 for The Story Of My Life.
2008 brought with it an exciting new phase in Schneider’s career, with the launch of her own independent record label, Be Music. The label’s first release was Schneider’s fifth studio album Be Yourself in July 2008, which earned her second ARIA nomination for Best Country Album.
Schneider was awarded her 6th CMAA Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of The Year in January 2009 for her heart-warming duet Still Here with Paul Kelly. Schneider’s songs have also been recorded by artists as diverse as John Farnham, Billy Thorpe, Jimmy Little, Olivia Newton-John, Ricky Skaggs and Paul Kelly.
As 2010 unfolded, Schneider’s career broadened dramatically. She dazzled with her dexterity on television’s Dancing With The Stars and put her country music recording career on pause for a moment to indulge a passion for Doris Day that goes back decades. This passion resulted in the release of her shimmering tribute album Melinda Does Doris – A Tribute To Doris Day, which debuted at number one on the ARIA Jazz and Blues chart, remaining there for a total of nine weeks.
Schneider recently starred in her brand new stage show DORIS, Doris Day – So Much More Than The Girl Next Door. Co-written by Schneider and David Mitchell (of Dusty/Shout fame), this musical tribute to Schneider’s idol, could very well be the universal story of women, set to the music of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Hot on the heels of sell-out seasons at Brisbane’s Twelfth Night Theatre and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and two huge weeks at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, DORIS opened at The Lyric Theatre, Sydney on November 3, 2011 to rave reviews, followed by a sell-out reprise performance at the prestigious Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in April 2012.
Meanwhile, in October 2011, Schneider also released her ninth album Life Begins At 40 – The Ultimate Melinda Schneider Collection. The double CD release marked her recent milestone birthday and celebrates over three decades of Schneider’s successful recording career.
More recently, Schneider has entered another wonderful phase of her life with the birth in August 2012 of her beautiful baby boy Sullivan.
In November 2014, Schneider and Beccy Cole collaborated on their number one charting album Great Women Of Country – and The Songs That Made Them. A national theatre tour followed in 2015, including the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
On Oct 21, 2016, Schneider released her latest album: Melinda Does Doris … Again – The Movie Songs and is currently on tour nationally with a concert version of her DORIS show ‘Melinda Does Doris’ A Tribute to Doris Day and will also embark on a capital city concert hall tour, including the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with her brand new show Young at Heart with Tom Burlinson.
In April 2017, Schneider released her new single, My Voice. Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, My Voice is truly an anthem of our time and a cathartic, healing experience for people who have long felt isolated or silenced.
Embraced by passionate women’s advocate Tracey Spicer, Schneider released the powerful song in time for the launch of NOW AUSTRALIA, Spicer’s not-for-profit initiative to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Profits from MY VOICE downloads will help fund safe workplace programs.
Currently, Schneider is writing songs for her new original album due out early 2019.
Melinda Schneider will speak at the 2018 Women in Media National Conference.