The world has been delivered yet another gospel jewel... Her name – Melody says it all!
Melody (Barnes) - aka "The Soul Butterfly," is not only an anointed powerhouse vocalist, she is also a 2009 Gospel Music Stellar Award Nominee for New Artist of the Year and the 2008 WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) Award Winner for Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording for her mixed genre debut project, The Reason. As a multi-talented Songwriter, Actress, and Speaker, Melody also refuses to allow her music (which she likes to describe as, Rhythm & Praise) to be put into a genre specific box. While showing great musical versatility & boldness - she brings to you a fresh new sound fusing a unique vocal blend of Soul, Jazz, R & B, and Traditional Gospel...From a Refreshing Brew of both Classic and Contemporary - You Get MELODY!
The "Motown" native not only has an inborn passion for music, but also a re-born passion for souls! Although gifted in many areas, Melody remains focused on the true purpose for the gifts, as well as the gift giver. A predominantly sought after Psalmist and Worship Leader, she is very active in outreach ministry and ministers frequently at various conferences & events throughout the United States.
Indeed, Melody also knows the purpose and the reason why she sings... "I know that a major portion of my assignment on earth is to bring the "Good News" message of God's love, grace, and power to save, set free, & deliver to all that are willing to hear!
Her musical inspirations, which are as varied as her style, range from a wide blend of musical legends and innovators such as, Natalie Cole, Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tramaine Hawkins. Other songtresses & balladeers who've impacted Melody's musical journey include, Denise Williams, Fred Hammond, Mary J. Blige, and Chaka Khan - just to name a few. These, as well as others, have helped to inspire & shape the sound and style that is uniquely all her own!
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