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Melanie DeMore

Location: California, USA
Melanie DeMoreSinger-songwriter Melanie DeMore has a remarkable voice, weaving all the fibers of African American folk with soulful ballads, spirituals and original music. In her presentations, DeMore beautifully brings her audience together through her music and commentary. She has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities and concert halls. Her voice can be heard on numerous recordings including " Share My Song” and "Come Follow Me”. In addition to her solo work, DeMore facilitates vocal workshops for professional choirs, community groups and for people who just need to raise their voices. Her Sound Awareness program has been presented in prisons, schools and youth organizations throughout the US, Canada and New Zealand. DeMore was a California-Artist-in Residence with the Oakland Youth Chorus as a conductor for 10 years and is currently teaching a ccapella singing at St. Paul's School in Oakland and Making Waves Academy in Richmond, CA. She is the artistic director/conductor of the Oakland Community Children’s Choir and serves on the Board of Directors of Destiny Arts. Melanie has contributed her voice to many progressive causes and is a long time friend and supporter of MECA. She is a featured presenter for SpeakOut! The Institute for Social and Cultural Change and is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble-Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Her belief in the power of the voice can be summed up in a line from her writings: “A SONG CAN KEEP YOU ON YOUR FEET WHEN THERE SEEMS TO BE NO GROUND BENEATH YOU.”

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