In a career which began with a stage debut at the age of three, (appearing with her mother, the Legendary Mary Schneider) she has kept her family tradition alive by becoming one of Australia’s most sublime singers and popular live performers. But it is through her assured and accomplished song writing that she has really discovered her true voice.
Five albums and eight years on, she has won numerous awards, six CMAA Golden Guitars – including 2008 Top Selling Album for ‘Stronger’, 2005 Album Of The Year with ‘Family Tree’, APRA Song Of The Year for the song ‘Real People’ and Female Vocalist Of The Year in 2003 for ‘The Story Of My Life’.
Melinda’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as John Farnham, Billy Thorpe, Jimmy Little, Olivia Newton-John and Paul Kelly.
2008 brought with it an exciting new phase in Melinda’s career, the launch of her independent record label, Be Music. Melinda released her fifth studio album ‘Be Yourself ’ on July 5th 2008 which earned her second ARIA nomination for Best Country Album.
Melinda was awarded her 6th CMAA Golden Guitar for ‘Vocal Collaboration Of The Year’ in January 2009 for her heartwarming duet ‘Still Here’ with Paul Kelly.
“As a songwriter and singer Melinda Schneider is one of this country’s truly important artists”
Glenn A. Baker