January 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
With Melanie Edwards
Join in harmony to relieve stress, find inner peace & express your authentic self with musical mending. Singer, songwriter and musician, Melanie Edwards, uses different instruments & singing techniques with therapeutic mantra chanting in a form of call and response to activate relaxation, calm the mind, and nourish the soul.
The unity of voices acts as a form of guided meditation, providing an outlet to purge bottled up emotions, thus opening the gates for healing vibrations. This is not about performing or being a professional singer, but rather a shared experience of collective sound healing in the present moment. Participants are free to join or simply observe in shared space, as well as bring their own mantras, words or poems to self-reflect and express via musical mending.
Suggested Donation: $20
Our programs are open to the community and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone. All donations support future programming at Smith Center.
About Melanie Edwards
Melanie Edwards is an award-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist and essayist. She is best known for her hit single “Daniel’s Lane,” winner of several accolades including Ourstage’s “New Music Revolution Achievement Award,” thrice, and “Best Single” in her genre by “Mashable,” which catapulted her into The Deli’s “Top 100 Best Songwriters of NYC.”
Melanie’s popular single “Who’s Gonna Color in the Middle?” received “Best of World Music” three consecutive months. Her single “Sugar” won “Top Achievement Award in Best Singer-Songwriter,” and she was awarded “Best in Jazz” for her ballad “No More Drinking.”
Melanie ranked “Top 100 Best of Pop” on Ourstage in 2015, as well as “Best Singer Songwriter” for her single “The Circle” in the Online Music Awards. Likewise, she won the Damien Rice Lyric Contest for her rendition of Rice’s “9 Crimes” (her version “9 Crimes Response”) as “Best Cover” for Artists Den. Melanie has also been nominated as “Best Singer/Songwriter + Best Original Songwriting” for The Independent Artist Network for the Music Arts.
Melanie was awarded a research grant for songwriting at Can Serrat International Artist Residency in Barcelona (twice), received grants for music and songwriting at Odysseys Artist Residency in Costa Rica, and enjoyed a two month scholarship for music at Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hameenkyro, Finland.