Brisbane-based singer-actor-writer Melissa Western is by turns sassy, soulful, smart and sweet. She straddles the worlds of jazz, cabaret and theatre. She performs internationally, performing, writing and producing new works with a variety of ensembles and collaborators. Her passion is taking to the stage in front of a live audience, seamlessly weaving song, movement and story into an experience they will want to share and cherish. Over the past ten years she has performed to audience and critical acclaim locally in Brisbane, nationally throughout Australia and internationally in the UK and France. Her self-penned musical Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me was an official sell-out two consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering five star reviews from ThreeWeeks “absolutely brilliant… enthralling vocal talents wowed the audience” and four stars from The Scotsman “Melissa Western is on fire… it’s mainly about the eyes, the face and the voice.” Her new jazz cabaret at The Jazz Bar last year entitled Sweet, Sour and Saucy received critical and audience acclaim, Western being touted as a “force of nature” (Broadway Baby, 5 star review, August 2013)
So far in 2014 she has presented a new children’s show Lissa & Nee Nee’s Library Adventure, featured in the Courier-Mail Piazza for Southbank Australia Day Festival with her jazz quintet, hosted International Women’s Day at Brisbane City Hall with Barbara and Barry’s Sweet, Sour and Saucy cabaret. In May she will headline the Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club for A Night in Paris and appear as “Lucy” in the Arts Theatre production of Avenue Q. Melissa is in development for her one-woman show Standing on Lego which will be presented at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival along with her acclaimed jazz-cabaret Oh, Lady Be Good.