About the Author
Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore weaves the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals, and her own original music. She has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, in coffee houses and concert halls. Her recordings include Share My Song and Come Follow Me. In addition to her solo work, DeMore is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, which tours extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She also facilitates vocal workshops for professional and community-based choral groups and has taught her “Sound Awareness” program in schools, prisons, and youth organizations in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, and New Zealand. She was a California Artist in Residence with the Oakland Youth Chorus for 10 years and received a Music Educators National Conference award for her work with youth. She teaches a cappella singing at St. Paul's School in Oakland, California. She majored in music at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas and has worked as a studio musician, as a member of a melodrama company and an all women's Black a cappella group, and has sung for commercials and written music for the theater. DeMore describes her music as “in the African American folk tradition of Odetta,” with whom she has often been compared. She has shared the stage with numerous artists including Buffy Saint Marie, John Prine, Josh White, Jr., Laura Nyro, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Pete Seeger.