Brisbane-based singer-actor-writer Melissa Western is by turns sassy, soulful, smart and sweet. She works in the worlds of jazz, cabaret and theatre. She performs internationally, writes and produces 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 current jazz cabaret Sweet, Sour and Saucy received critical and audience acclaim, Western being touted as a “force of nature” (Broadway Baby, 5 star review) and will continue to tour extensively throughout Queensland in 2015.
Earlier this year she was awarded a prestigous Churchill Fellowship. Her program will take her to the UK to be immersed in the improvised musical theatre scene and train with top companies in the form.
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, headlined the Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club for A Night in Paris, appeared as “Lucy” in the Arts Theatre production of Avenue Q, presented a return season of her acclaimed jazz-cabaret Oh, Lady Be Good at theEdinburgh Fringe Festival, featured at the Canterbury International Arts Festival (UK) in the Spiegltent and a creative development period for a new musical theatre chamber piece, Subtext: Love between the Lines. Later this year you can catch her at the Woodford Folk Festival, Moreton Shire Libraries and multiple Christmas time jazz gigs.