Scholtz, Melanie (South Africa)  
Melanie Scholtz - pic © George Hallett

Melanie Scholtz started singing at a an early age. Coming from a musical family, she was exposed to different kinds of music as she grew up, and at age 17 she enrolled at the Opera School at the University of Cape Town, where she graduated cum laude in 2001.

While studying opera and classical singing, Melanie continued to listen to and sing jazz as well, and is today an incredibly versatile singer. Whether it is jazz, pop, classical, r&b or electronica, Melanie sounds equally stylistically correct.

In 2002, Melanie won the "Old Mutual Jazz Encounters", naming her "best jazz vocalist".

Genre: jazz

In the years following this, Melanie built a successful career in her hometown of Cape Town as well as in the rest of South Africa. She apperared on South African guitarist Jimmy Dludlu's album "Afrocentric", sang alongside Al Jarreau on "the Felicia Show" and sang the National Anthem in front of Nelson Mandela and millions of TV viewers for the Presidents Cup in George.

Melanie performs with Gorm Helfjord, Reconciliation Day, in the Company Gardens Cape Town, December 2002. © S.Gordon

She performed two years running on SABC's "Woman of the year" awards and had concerts in Holland, Germany and Norway, as well as performing with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibonghile Khumalo, Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley and many more.

Biography courtesy Melanie Scholtz website - see link below.

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