Melanie Lewis is an experienced performer and vocal coach. For the past nine years, whilst still working as a singer, she has been teaching singing both in 1:1 lessons and to vocal groups. Her most recent projects over the last two years have included arranging and singing in the house band’s 4 piece vocal section for the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, broadcast on tv live worldwide, where she sang for artists including Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Sir Cliff Richard, Grace Jones, Jessie J, 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 at Millennium Performing Arts, coaching the hit boy band The Wanted for their live tv performances of the Comic Relief single ‘Gold Forever’, leading a rock and pop workshop at the Royal Academy of Music – and arranging and singing in the vocal section for Gary Barlow’s GB40 concert broadcast live on Radio 2.
Her clients include those working within the music industry, the musical theatre profession and also students who want to work on their voices to achieve their goals, either for their vocation, or for purely personal or recreational reasons.
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.
She has recorded and performed live as lead vocalist on two UK hit dance singles and sung backing vocals for many artists, including Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Take That, Will Young, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, JLS, Cliff Richard, 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.
In 2009 Mel founded Voicerox Choir in Reigate as a way of bringing her professional experience in the rock and pop industry to her local community. She always makes it back from her tours and concerts to lead Voicerox rehearsals - and continues to be inspired by and proud of how truly accomplished the choir has become over the past three years.
Singing has always been a passion for Mel; it offers a chance for everyone to express their deepest emotions and allow themselves and anyone listening to share in that wonderful experience – and added to that – it feels good!
"When I sing, I want people to feel what I’m feeling and to be moved in the same way I am when I hear something fantastic – and it’s possible for anyone to work on their singing so they’re able to do the same, whatever their age, vocal ability or experience.