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.
Living in Toronto, Melody is currently studying in Humber College’s jazz program. 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 at the age of 16.
Melody’s lyrics always tell stories often influenced by poetry, novels and films more than music, allowing her to explore unique narratives in each of her songs. Musically, she brings the energy and creativity of Ben Folds and the tasteful writing of Fiona Apple and 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.
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