Melanie has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’, as a ‘songwriting gem’ by The Australian. Based in Candelo in southern NSW, singer-songwriter Melanie Horsnell has recorded Eleven albums and EPs including her latest solo album, ‘Trobairitz’. Melanie’s critically acclaimed album The Cloud Appreciation Society was long-listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize, Quatre Chemins for the 2015 Australian Music Prize, and she was nominated for an APRA award in 2011.
“A promise of a softly lit afternoon in the company of Melanie Horsnell… with a voice of the utmost delicateness…”
– Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
She has toured with Glen Hansard and The Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko among others, as well as touring extensively on her own in Australia and Europe. Melanie recorded an album in French, which was funded by the highly successful Pozible campaign and gave Melanie a six month residency in France, writing songs with poet Alain Rivet and pop icon Helena Noguerra. Melanie has also written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt, and for film and television. In February 2019, Melanie had the opportunity to perform at the International Folk Alliance in Montreal and has since toured in Australia, Ireland, France and Germany.
The New Graces single "HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE A MOTHER" out now!!
Here is the music video for 'HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE A MOTHER' by THE NEW GRACES, Directed, shot and edited by our wonderful friend Tim Winterflood from the live recording session, recorded with Shane Nicholson under the gumtrees on the central coast on Mother's Day 2021.
The first track from three single release Open Heart Sessions, this first one written by Melanie Horsnell. Melanie says “I wrote it a week before mother’s day, Robyn and Kate had written two beautiful songs for our project and I was sweeping up at work thinking about songs and mothering and a little overwhelmed by it all when the line “How Am I Supposed To Be A Mother” came to mind, in despair and also in a longing to be a really good one. It’s difficult to describe as it’s all in the lyric, but it all came out by candlelight at the kitchen table that night - firstly all the worries one has, and then the beautiful things our children say to us when we really feel like giving up hope.”