about melody chance
Canadian singer-songwriter and piano-based musician Melody Chance (formerly Mason Chance) takes influence from a wide variety of genres to create her unique blend of jazz and pop music.
Melody graduated from Humber College's music program in 2019 and is currently living in Toronto. She quit piano lessons as a child but later taught herself to play instead, also picking up bass, drums, guitar and anything else she could get her hands on. Some of Melody’s greatest influences include Stevie Wonder, Donald Fagen, Fiona Apple and Gavin Castleton, but she credits an album by American singer-songwriter and record producer Ben Folds for her return to the piano as a teenager.
Melody’s lyrics always tell stories often influenced by poetry, novels and films, allowing her to explore unique narratives in each of her songs. Musically, she has the energy and creativity of Ben Folds and the unique, tasteful writing of Fiona Apple or Donald Fagen. Melody’s performance history includes many performances both as a soloist and as a bandleader with a history of performances at festivals such as Big on Bloor and Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival and in venues like the Rivoli, the Free Times Cafe, and 120 Diner.
Melody released two EPs and three singles under the name Mason Chance before changing her name in late 2018 after coming out as transgender.