CORNWALL, Ontario - Anyone who has followed the area music scene, in the last five years, has no doubt enjoyed following the rising career of local darling, singer/songwriter, Melanie Brulée. Well here’s an update.
She recently returned to Toronto from a two-month residency in Paris, thanks to an Ontario Arts Council grant.
The purpose of the grant is to allow artists to go somewhere and find inspiration, explained Brulée, who spent seven weeks in the City of Light, to research cabaret and immerse herself in the French language, in preparation of a future French language album - her first entirely in French.
To keep herself accountable, while there, Brulée wrote “journal-style poetry.” “Little memories,” which she is now putting to music.
“I’m in the writing phase, right now, said Brulée, who is collaborating with, among many others, Benoit Morier, who has worked with the likes of Chic Gamine.
“I’m not in a huge rush to release (the album), said Brulée, who is looking at a fall or spring 2015 release. “I want it to be really strong.”
The busy songstress, most recently returned from Folk Alliance International, in the US. “It’s the biggest folk conference that there is.” A great experience, with over 3000 delegates attending workshops and showcases bring the buyer (artistic directors, booking agents) face to face the musician.
As for touring though, Brulée says that she is concentrating on a smaller market, for now, Ontario, with a few stops in the area including Ottawa and Morrisburg, before a number of dates in Toronto.
Speaking of which, she will be opening up for Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, on March 22, at 7 pm, at the St Lawrence acoustic stage, in Morrisburg. Brulée will be playing old favourites from her General Electryk days, and new material in English and in French.
The featured act, no slouches, themselves, is contemporary-folk-bluegrass trio, Laura Cortese and Dance Cards - heavy on fabulous musicianship, skilled song writing and toe-tapping vibe. You can hear their music at http://www.lauracortese.net. Visit http://st-lawrencestage.com, for all the details.