EP release: Melinda Ortner, Strangers
Release date: 17 September 2012
Label: Ziggy Popular Music
Also features the single Sweet Little Lies, out 8 October 2012.
MTV’s “Steal The Spotlight” Grand Prize Winner / LA Music Award Nominee, Best Song / “Top 15 Songwriters Of The Year” for ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Project
Melinda Ortner was born and raised in California, and for the past five years she’s been based in LA, launching her music career.
Her first single, Heartbeats, was originally written for the US movie I Hate Valentine’s Day; she also penned tracks for the Finnish movie Gone With The River – her track of the same name made it into Billboard Top 100 in Finland, while Heartbeats was instead chosen for the major film American Pie: Book of Love which introduced Melinda to a vast audience. Since then, the song has had more than 40,000 views on Youtube, been aired on several US radio stations, and has been regularly featured on MTV2, Showtime, HBO, USA Network and Pay-Per-View.
Following this huge success, along with several key showcases (including SXSW 2011), a live MTV pre-VMA’s performance, a spot on the acclaimed Balcony TV Sessions (which can be seen here), and extensive touring, Ortner now presents her debut EP, Strangers.
The four tracks comprising the EP range elegantly from the dark title track to the incredibly catchy Sweet Little Lies (released as a single on 8 October). Like the forthcoming full-length album (pencilled for December 2012) it tells of the story of Melinda Ortner, the dream she wants so bad and the years of hard work put into reaching it. Her lyrics are refreshingly honest and forthcoming, and her songs are written with great care, with an eye for the details as well as larger picture. Melinda uses the piano as her main tool of composing, but also brings in percussion, electronic/acoustic guitar, bass, effect pedals and cello when in the studio with producer and co-writer Asaf Rodeh.
Melinda has several international tours under her belt. With Strangers, Melinda marries her soulful voice to undeniably catchy melodies; and reveals herself as a maker of deceptively dark pop with a bright side.
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