Melanie Devaney is a folk-Americana singer-songwriter from the small town of Epworth, Iowa (pop. 1,700). Clasically trained in piano and holding a degree in Creative Writing, her songs are stories from her own life’s adventures and the cast of characters she has met and created along the way. With a personal mission to “create beauty and change on song at a time,” Devaney strives to use to her music to inspire others to make the world a little better through simple acts of compassion and understanding. While her music can, at times, make her come across as vulnerable, Devaney is anything but weak. When called for, her songs exhibit a commanding strength and power that can take audiences by surprise. Devaney combines the values of her rural upbringing - integrity, authenticity and hard work - with her intellectual passion for learning. The result is elegant music that is nonetheless enjoyed by audiences from all walks of life.
Devaney was listed in Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 Unsigned Artists to look for in 2011. Devaney tours throughout the United States, with a heavy concentration of shows in the West and Midwest.
Some of Devaney's notable performances include The Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Nowoodstock Festival in Ten Sleep, Wyoming and the Black Hill Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, as well as the Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah; the Julian Music Festival (Julian, California) and Groovefest (in Cedar City, Utah). Some of the artists she has opened for include Slaid Cleaves, Jon Dee Graham and Jalan Crossland
Devaney’s most recent album, “Single Subject Notebook” is the third such independent release. “Single Subject Notebook” was produced by Grammy-nominated Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M/Willie Nelson/The Eagles/Ryan Adams/ Ed Kowalczyk). Many of the songs on this new album were influenced by Devaney’s experiences as a rural Iowan living in Hollywood, but the collection also features her first recorded cover song—a soul-inspired version of The Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Described by the San Diego Kensington News as “a real gem,” her music is “ At times country, at times pop, she’s like a mix of Carole King and Emmylou Harris with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare.”