Vocalist - Vocal Coach - Vocal Arranger - Choir Leader
Melanie Lewis-McDonald is an experienced singer and vocal coach. She is currently a member of Jeff Lynne's ELO, singing backing vocals on the 'Alone In the Universe' tour throughout the UK, including the Glastonbury Festival and in Europe.
She will also be performing in their concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City during September in the United States.
In November last year, Mel also sang on all of Jeff Lynne's ELO promo and tv work, including concerts at the Irving Plaza, New York and the Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles; the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in New York, the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in Los Angeles, the Royal Variety Performance and a BBC Radio 2 Concert in London.
Previously to this, in September 2014, she joined Jeff Lynne's ELO as backing singer for the Radio 2 Live concert in Hyde Park, London.
Following this, she also performed in the house band for The Ryder Cup Gala concert in Glasgow, singing backing vocals for artists including Nile Rogers' & Chic, Texas, Midge Ure, Danny Wilson, Nina Nesbitt and Amy MacDonald.
In July 2014, she performed in the house band backing vocal section for the BBC 1 Live from Edinburgh Castle concert, singing for artists including Smokey Robinson, Jessie J, One Republic, Ella Henderson and John Miles.
In November 2013 she led the vocal section in the house band for Gary Barlow’s Children In Need Rocks, singing with artists such as Gary Barlow & Abba’s Agnetha Faltskog, Robbie Williams, Barry Manilow, Tom Odell, Nicole Scherzinger, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix and Jeff Lynne, which included working alongside Gareth Malone’s ‘Voices” choir for Mr Blue Sky.
Other work over the last five years has included arranging and singing in the house band’s 4 piece vocal section for the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, broadcast live worldwide, where she sang for artists including Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Sir Cliff Richard, Grace Jones, JLS, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue; arranging and singing in the vocal sections for Will Young on his TV Special, his Echoes tour, Forests tour, tv and radio performances; teaching rock and pop master classes and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music, Millennium Performing Arts and Hurtwood House – and arranging and singing in the vocal section for Gary Barlow’s GB40 concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
In 2009 Mel founded Voicerox Choir, in Reigate, Surrey, as a way of bringing her professional experience in the rock and pop industry to her local community.
Having trained first in classical ballet as a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and then at Elmhurst Ballet School where she became a graduate of the Musical Theatre Course, she began her performance career in theatre for 4 years, including roles in Gypsy and The Girlfriend, then began working in the music industry as a session singer, recording, touring and in television.
In addition to the above, she has recorded and performed live as lead vocalist on two UK hit dance singles and sung backing vocals for many other artists including, Take That, Leona Lewis, Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal, Cheryl Cole, Alfie Boe, Paulo Nutini, Mika, Daniel Merriweather, Gabrielle, D:Ream, Lisa Stansfield, Pauline Henry, Kim Wilde and rock artist Eikichi Yazawa (Japan). She has also sung on many radio and tv adverts including Radio One, Dublin 98 and Virgin Radio logo jingles, played the part of Frida in Bjorn Again and has performed as lead vocalist for band work internationally.