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Melinda Schneider is back with a
new album, Stronger.
You are a former LOTL cover girl.
I’ve always had a good relationship
with the GLBT community. It started
in the early nineties with my first
single, a dance track called “Tighten
Up Your Pants” and hey, my mum’s
the Queen of Yodelling…say no
You go to Nashville regularly.
I have a publisher there now who
really believes in my songs, so I will
be making regular trips to Nashville
for sure. I would also like to have
my albums released in America, and
that’s something I’m working on
getting happening at the moment.
Why country music? I love real,
rootsy country and bluegrass music.
That is what’s deep in my soul, but
I do have broad musical tastes. I
grew up listening to Stevie Wonder,
Renee Geyer, Nancy Wilson, Doris
Day, Dolly and Aretha. I’d like to be
one of those artists like kd Lang or
Elvis Costello, who is just known as
a great artist/singer who could turn
their hand to any style and do it well.
What inspired “Sometimes It
Takes Balls To Be A Woman”?
A feeling of discomfort in my
skin, a longing for freedom and
contentment and finally learning to
let go of ‘the disease to please’.
Your ultimate fantasy duet? I’d
make it a foursome…with Dusty,
Aretha and Renee Geyer!
Stronger is in record stores now.
See Melinda live at the Brass
Monkey Cronulla September 15,
Smithfield RSL on the 16th and St
Marys Leagues Club on the 22nd.
Time is running out to enter Sydney’s
biggest lesbian singing comp Lesbian
Icon. There are only two heats left
for Lesbian Icon, which made a
successful return to @Newtown RSL
last month. “Icon and @Newtown
have always been a marriage made in
heaven,” said organizer Yvonne Hall.
“So we’re very glad to be home again.”
With the semi-finals fast approaching,
Hall encourages dykes of all ages to
enter the September and October
heats. There is a $2000 grand prize
as well as the title of 2006 Lesbian
Icon. 20-year-old Icon hopeful Amanda
Kruger says the event is “a great way
to meet and to see talent within a
group of people that you feel safe and
comfortable in”. Lesbian Icon heat 3
is on Friday September 22. For more
information on how to enter go to
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