"New to the San Diego music scene, Melanie Devaney wowed the audience with a vocal range that had to be heard to be believed. No only did she sing, she captured hearts and minds of the audience with her talent for both the guitar and keyboards. This girl has it all!"
"An Iowa native who lives in Los Angeles, Melanie Devaney is a small-town girl with a flair for writing and singing earthy songs that smartly draw from folk, country and rock. Armed with a degree in creative writing and years of classical piano training, she’s a promising young artist whose unaffected music is delivered with a welcome absence of fuss. If her live shows match her arresting new album, “Single Subject Notebook” (which was expertly produced by Ryan Adams veteran Jamie Candiloro), Devaney should be worth catching."
“Devaney's voice evokes Natalie Merchant by way of Crystal Gale. It's not hemi-powered, but reliable transportation to move along her wistful or jangly melodies. Two other highlights are "Playin' Make Believe," a torch song that an Adele could really sink her teeth into, and "Wake Up Sleepy Johnny," a musically atmospheric plea with two wonderful lyrics, "Why can't you be you" and "as you slowly OD". (It's all the more poignant as we read more headlines of stars lost to substance abuse.) This is strong work straight out of the American Dream, and it makes it easy to look forward to the next postcard.”
“Melanie Devaney has been poking around the edges of Americana stardom for a long time. With her third solo album, Devaney goes all in. The guitarist and classically trained pianist hired producer Jamie Candiloro, who has put a much-needed shine on albums for artists like Ryan Adams and Lisa Germano. The album was mixed by Stephen Marcussen, who won a Grammy for his work with Gillian Welch. That polish pushes Devaney’s terrific voice way out front on light, twangy rockers like “Carry My Guitar” and “Oh, Adam.” And she’s never sounded better on sweet little ballads like “Playin’ Make Believe” and the pedal-steel sweetened "One Little Teardrop" which should be playing on every country radio station in America. And she dismisses any doubt she’s ready for the big leagues with a country soul reworking of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.””
““‘One Little Teardrop’ is one of the earliest songs I wrote. It’s basically about how there are times in life that, no matter where you go, it feels like there is a rain cloud following you. Writing this, I wanted to create imagery that captured how love can play tricks on us, make us cry and yet, through the magic of nature, these tears are recycled. In the studio, we worked hard to embody these images musically with drippy guitars, light drum brushes and subtle piano parts.””
“Her lyrics trace the thoughts behind everyday triumphs and failures and are made real by their authenticity. She’s not singing for herself, she’s singing for everyone. And, even better, Devaney seems to have a natural skill for combining her empowering voice with the perfectly-fitting accompaniment. What you hear is what you get and what you get is good. Unfortunately, Devaney lies to the listener. Her album isn’t a one-topic, narrow-minded collection of thoughts in one ream of paper. That’s what a college kid carries to class and spends countless hours staring at. No, this is a textbook of human emotion shared through the innate talents of a gifted musician. In the first song, there plays the lyric: “I can’t go home because I do not know where I belong.” But, it’s safe to say Melanie Devaney can settle down now: she’s found her calling.”
"With her third solo album, Devaney goes all in. The guitarist and classically trained pianist hired producer Jamie Candiloro, who has put a much-needed shine on albums for artists like Ryan Adams and Lisa Germano. The album was mixed by Stephen Marcussen, who won a Grammy for his work with Gillian Welch. That polish pushes Devaney’s terrific voice way out front on light, twangy rockers like “Carry My Guitar” and “Oh, Adam.” And she’s never sounded better on sweet little ballads like “Playin’ Make Believe” and the pedal-steel sweetened “One Little Teardrop,” which should be playing on every country radio station in America. And she dismisses any doubt she’s ready for the big leagues with a country soul reworking of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”
“While Devaney has spent extended time in places other than her original home state, she has not lost the feeling of comfort that comes from vast open spaces whether it be from Iowa farmland or the endless sense of possibility within a freshly opened notebook. With three releases to her name, Devaney has certainly come into her own as a singer-songwriter. 'As I've developed as a performer, I've definitely made a conscious effort to give my audiences a sense of who I am and that I have experiences - heartbreaks, joys - just like they do. I want them to leave feeling that life, though unpredictable and sometimes chaotic, still has meaning and beauty.'"”
"It's rare that you get to work with a performer and songwriter that creates so many visuals with her music. Melanie Devaney has recorded an album that crosses genres and her voice will move so many people this time around."
“Fridays In the Hynds”
"All you really need to know is that she's an awesome talent, an engaging and captivating performer who not only writes crunchy, melodic, sharp-eyed blasts of truthiness but knows how to sell them to a crowd. If you ain't nodding your head in agreement, laughing in self-recognition or humming a melody or two by the time Melanie's set is over, you ain't been listening, man."
". . . Los Angeles based Melanie Devaney is a real gem. At times country, at times pop, she's like a mix of Carole King and Emmy Lou Harris with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare."
"Enthusiastic and attractive, Devaney brings a friendly presence to the stage."
"Melanie Devaney and her music are a warm spring wind after a long grueling Midwest winter where you breathe a sigh of relief that life still has some sweetness."
““Always a talented songwriter and singer,the new EP shows off Devaney’s flair for folksy Americana with a polished, professional approach.””
““In the middle of the day in the middle of a bustling college campus, Melanie casts a rosy glow. The grind stops here. We take a break and fall for her sweet soul rhythm and rhyme.””
“MD's music is like a mental carnival. Her voice is sonic beauty at it's best.”