Friday, June 17, 2011

COOL MUSIC FRIDAY #27 - Melanie Horsnell (Forever Thursday)

You've heard her voice on popular commercials.

Melanie Horsnell is a singer-songwriter from New South Wales, Australia.  She first picked up a guitar at the age of five, learning the classical and flamenco styles of play, and began busking at Manly Beach at the age of ten. By her late teens, she still hadn't really thought of continuing her music career – she had her heart set on managing Woolworths (supermarket) – until she won a spot on The Northern Composure CD and national songwriting competitions. From there she headed to London for a year, busking on a daily basis and working on her songwriting skills.

Back home, Melanie began her residency at the Excelsior Hotel in Glebe in 2000 and became regarded as one driving forces behind Sydney’s blossoming "NuFolk" movement. Over the years at the Excelsior, Melanie performed with some remarkable artists including Paul Greene, Andy Clockwise, Bertie Blackman, peregrine, Tim Ireland and Wesley Carr, while at the same time played host to many emerging artists, most notably Laura Imbruglia. Her residency continued for 4 years, but there were larger things afoot for the young songstress.

In 2001, Melanie independently released her first EP, Don’t Know What to Say, followed the next year her second EP Magic Mirror (produced by Garth Porter), which was soon picked up by radio across the country and led to Melanie signing with Shock Publishing worldwide. Soon after, Melanie was approached to write songs for popular children’s show The Saddle Club and to score the soundtrack for the film Love in the First Degree.
In 2003, Melanie began work on her debut album, The Adventures of..., again with Garth Porter behind the desk. Its first single “Birds” earned Melanie high rotation on the Triple J network.
In 2004, she signed to Rounder records in Europe, after a demo of The Adventures of... found its way into the hands of Bert Pijpers of Rounder Records. The Adventures Of...was released in The Netherlands, Germany and the UK - in February 2005, the album was released in rest of Europe. Melanie even did a crash course in French to record the French version of the beatlesque pop gem “I Just Want Some Love” which helped The Adventures Of… wind up as feature album on national radio in France that year. Having made no less than four tours of Europe over the years, she also played to a packed house at The Esplanade in Singapore in early 2005.
Her Australian fans were satisfied when they finally saw the release of her album The Adventures of... in September 2005 through Inflatable Girlfriend Records/MGM. Melanie has also managed many Australian tours, often with her band "the Inflatable Girlfriends" (ironically made up of male musicians), as support for The FramesJosh PykeBernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Lou Rhodes (Lamb) and Jason Mraz.

Melanie has supplied vocals for several songs used in television commercials, including McDonald'sJohnnie WalkerHuggiesBonds (company) and National Grid plc (in the United States). In addition, Melanie and Elliot Wheeler came together in the side project "Forever Thursday," with Melanie as the lead singer on the song "How Can It Be", music for a J.C. Penney advertisement shown during the 2007 Oscars.
In 2008 Melanie went back into the studio with producer Paul Mckercher (Augie March, Magic Dirt, Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe) to lay down 12 new tracks for her albumComplicated Sweetheart. The first single from the album features a track "Mary Mary" and two bonus songs, "Christmas in the suburbs" and The Saints song "Massacre", and was released in July 2008. "Mary Mary" received immediate airplay on National Youth Broadcaster Radio Triple J and also FBi Radio, RRR and a number of other stations.Complicated Sweetheart was released in Australia on September 6, 2008 through Inflatable Girlfriend Records/MGM.
This is what the critics have to say:

"Melanie creates great, even classic acoustic pop"

Michael Smith, Drum Media

"An absolutely stunning voice"

Craig New, Revolver

"Plucking at the classical guitar is the talent whispering how good she is"

Ross Clelland, Drum Review

"Good songwriting is next to Godliness & there are few holier than Melanie".

Craig New Revolver

"She is fresh & talented, divine voice"

Garth Porter

"Melanie Horsnell is part of Sydney's acoustic renaissance"

Sacha Molitorisz, Sydney Morning Herald Metro.

"An absolutely stunning voice that put me at ease and laid my fears to rest"

Craig New, Revolver


  • The Adventures of...[UK] - 2004
  • The Adventures of...[AUS] - 2005
  • Complicated Sweetheart...[AUS] - 2008


  • Don’t Know What to Say - (2001)
  • Magic Mirror - (2002)
  • Birds - (2004)
  • Kiss you again - (2007)
  • Mary Mary - (2008)

Music videos

  • Birds - (2004)
  • I Just Want Some Love - (2005)
  • How can it be - Forever Thursday - (2007)
  • Mary Mary - (2008)

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