Genre: R&B/Soul/OtherAdmission: FREE
Garden patio seating opens at 6:30pm.
“Melany Peterson, a beautiful, humble, southern spirit in song and mind, says, “Singing is what I do and just let me do my ‘thang’.” Vocalist Melany Peterson grew up listening to Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, Isaac Hayes, and Aretha Franklin. At the age of 12, Melany’s fledgling interest in singing took flight inside her hometown church in Charleston, SC where she would often be caught alone playing the piano and singing her favorite tunes. Melany’s singing took off, professionally, in 1982 with the Charleston Actors Theatre Society. First sharing her gift of song at the Garden Theatre in Charleston, SC., she then made a name for herself singing with the band Sea Breeze and by joining a gospel group, “Voices of Deliverance” which performed traditional spirituals and psalms.
Today, this “Song Bird of the South” is the key vocalist of the Mel Peterson Collective, The Mel and Dre’ Show, Blush and The Mel Peterson Gospel Ensemble which performs a fusion of Contemporary-pop, Jazz standards, Gospel, and R & B classics. You can catch her performing at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum and Sigillo Cellars in Lake Chelan and Snoqualmie. Also, various wineries all over the Kittitas and Yakima Valleys, including Benton County. If you’re lucky, she may be playing a private party you’re attending. Making Ellensburg her new home for the past 12 years, Mel has gathered Ellensburg musical talent to strike the heart of those who love music. “