Singer/songwriter Melanie Meriney’s latest single — “Flame”

How did you decide “Flame” would be your next single? What is the song’s backstory?

“Flame” is one of those songs that came to me because I have had experiences that are very similar to the narrator. I know a lot of people who are able to relate to not being able to let go of a love even when they have seemingly already moved on. It’s a look into the mind of someone who feels both vulnerable and hopeful, wishing she could read the mind of the person she still cares for, but careful not to wish for too much. It’s a bit of a ballad, which is risky for a single, but at the end of the day, I think “real” trumps anything upbeat for the sake of being commercial.

Listen to “Flame”

Found it interesting when Carly Pearce said the decision to release another album track from her debut album as a single versus release a new song from her upcoming second album was easy as she wasn’t the same person who recorded the first album and wanted to move on. How strongly do your songs mirror who you are at that particular point in your life?

These past 2 years have been fun for me because I finally feel like my music is reflective of me at this point in my artistry. Up In Lights and the songs off that album are still relevant, but I have sat with them and watched them work for a little over a year and a half and I am ready to give my followers some new material. That’s not to say there won’t be any more focus on that album, but I’ve been writing a ton lately and am excited to breathe life into some new songs.

Take us through the steps to get “Flame” released — recording, production, distribution, etc.

The process of getting a song released is a matter of getting a bunch of moving pieces to line up. For me, writing “Flame” was the easy part. It wasn’t a song that I wrote to put on a record, so in a way, the pressure was off. It was only after it was done and demoed that I seriously thought of putting it out as my next release. This one was a funny one because we actually loved the demo so much that we didn’t even officially “record” it. Christian Santangelo, a friend with a home studio, did such a great job bringing it to life that we just sent it directly to mastering. It’s such a simple production that I think taking it back into the studio would have overshot the simplicity and rawness we were going for. I worked with my digital distributor to get it placed on all the music listening platforms and I will likely include it on the hard copy of my project for 2019.

What’s ahead for you in 2019?

This is the most excited I’ve been about a release because I feel like I’m finally at a point in my career where things are picking up speed. The stuff I put out right now matters more than in previous years and I think it’s finally a solid representation of my identity. It’s still amazing to me that I moved here knowing not a single person and have made it to now, where I am surrounded by friends, fans, incredible support and incredible music. I feel very blessed to be in a position where I am able to pursue what I love to do most as a career path. It’s something I will never take for granted, even at my most disheartened. I’m ready to see where this new project takes me!

Now, through December 14, fans can help Meriney on her career path through a bandtwango crowdfunding campaign.

Meriney’s Backstory:

I was 8 when I realized my career path. Most people find theirs in high school, or college, or maybe even after that. But when I was 8, I wanted to be a singer. It was not in the childlike way that kids want to be ballerinas or astronauts or ninjas and then forget it about a few years later. I became obsessed. I started voice lessons, I studied guitar, I joined a multitude of choruses and church choir, I wrote songs like crazy.

The tough thing about having an unconventional dream is that there aren’t any directions on how to get there. It’s not like you can go to school, get a degree, take an internship, and land a job with a good resumé in your field of choice. To be a music artist, the paths are limitless and never the same for two different people. I moved to Nashville at the age of 18 knowing nothing and no one, determined to make a name for myself.

Nashville has been good to me. Since I’ve been here I’ve recorded two EPs (“Up In Lights” and “All The Good Songs”). I’ve opened for Little Big Town, Restless Heart, The Commodores, Steve Augeri of Journey, and Rick Vito of Fleetwood Mac. I signed a publishing deal. I was nominated for a Nashville Independent Music Award for Best Female Solo Artist, and got mentions in publications like Billboard, Country Aircheck, and Music Row Magazine. I was named one of AXS’s and Next Women of Country’s “2018 Artists to Watch”. My music video for my first single “Lifeboat” premiered on GAC and the song charted #2 on the UK Hot Disc chart.

I’ve accomplished all of this with help from my friends, mentors, and family, but I’ve reached the stage in my career where it’s going to take more than what I currently have. I’m asking for a rally of support from you guys- the people who have pushed me this far and motivated me every day with your inspiring messages, your shares, your spins, and your kindness. Here is what your belief in me and your generosity will do:

· 1. It will allow me to record NEW MUSIC

I have so many songs I’m dying to share with you. I have spent the better part of a decade meeting and forming working relationships with musicians and songwriters who are SO DANG TALENTED and who are ready to hit the studio! I am so proud of the music I have already released, but as a next step to my goal of getting signed to a major label, I need to have a couple more carefully-selected songs. My team and I think we have the perfect ones.

· 2. It will allow me to MARKET that music

If a song falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I want to kick my marketing plan into high gear and get my music out to as many people as possible! Before I go into label meetings, I need to show them I have the buzz and the numbers to be a successful artist that they’d be crazy not to sign. Unfortunately, amazingly awesome exposure and results do not come cheap! I have the perfect people I want to work with- I just need the funds!

Anyone who knows me knows I eat, sleep, and breathe this dream. People ask me what my hobbies are outside of music (uh… does songwriting for fun count?). Every single minute I’m not working at my day job as a teacher is devoted to trying to progress my career in some way (not gonna lie, some of my time at my job is even spent on this). I’ve always been someone who hates asking for help and wants to do everything on my own because I feel like I’m inconveniencing people. However, I am swallowing my pride and asking anyways because I literally cannot do this on my own. I need you ❤ Check out the incentives (aside from my undying gratitude and love) for helping me reach my goal. I’m a Ramen-noodle-eating broke person too, so I completely understand if you cannot donate more than a couple bucks- luckily, another way that you can help me is by SHARING this campaign! Seriously, it goes further than you’d think.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Let’s do this! Love, Melanie

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“Flame” Lyrics:

When you let the years come in between a perfect, broken love

And the people we’ve become

Space and time are supposed to make it easy

I imagined it a million times, how I’d feel if you showed up

Wonder if you know how much

You standing here both lights me up and kills me

You ask me how I’ve been

We small talk and fake it

I hope you can’t hear my voice shaking

You got your new life, boy, you wear it so nice

Just like you got it all together, carrying yourself better

Than a leave-it-all-behind suitcase

And I’m still carrying a flame

I’m searching every movement for the smallest little sign

I can’t tell what’s on your mind

Is there any part of you that can’t forget me?

And I know you must be seeing someone too, but I can’t ask

Feels like no time has passed

It’s stupid how something so small could wreck me

You ask me how I’ve been

We small talk and fake it

I hope you can’t hear my heart breaking

You got your new life, boy, you wear it so nice

Just like you got it all together, carrying yourself better

Than a leave-it-all-behind suitcase

And I’m still carrying a flame

You got your new life, and I got mine

Seems like you got it all together, carrying yourself better

Than a leave-it-all-behind suitcase

But if you ever wonder like I still wonder,

Gonna put it out there just in case:

I’m still carrying a flame

Yeah, I’m still carrying a flame

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