Melanie Scholtz started singing at an early age. Coming from a musical family, she was exposed to different kinds of music as she grew up, and at age 17 she enrolled at the Opera School at the University of Cape Town, where she graduated cum laude in 2000. While studying opera and classical singing, Melanie continued to listen to and sing jazz as well, and is today an incredibly versatile singer. Whether it is jazz, pop, classical, r&b or electronica, Melanie sounds equally stylistically correct.
In 2002, Melanie won the “Old Mutual Jazz Encounters”, naming her “best jazz vocalist.
In the years following this, Melanie built a successful career in her hometown of Cape Town as well as in the rest of South Africa. She appeared on South African guitarist Jimmy Dludlu’s album “Afrocentric”, sang alongside Al Jarreau on “the Felicia Show” and sang the National Anthem in front of Nelson Mandela and millions of TV viewers for the Presidents Cup in George.
She performed two years running on SABC’s “Woman of the year” awards and had concerts in Holland, Germany and Norway, as well as performing with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibonghile Khumalo, Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley and many more.
In 2006 Melanie Scholtz is finally releasing her debut length solo album, A Zillion Miles.
In 2008, Melanie has performed at the Stavanger Jazz Festival and Varanger Jazz Festival with Dixi in Norway . She has also recorded an album alongside Martin Sjostedt and Johan Horlen in Uppsala, Sweden in Aug 2008.
Catch Melanie at one of her upcoming gigs:
7 December @ Nassau Centre, Palmyra Road, Newlands Cape Town
+2721 424 0408
+2782 518 2719