San Luis Obispo singer-songwriter
THE SOUND OF
California's Central Coast, forever inspired by the sea.
Visit any of the intimate venues along California’s Central Coast and you’ll find San Luis Obispo native Melody Klemin on stage, drawing inspiration for her music and her muse from the mountains and beaches that surround her college town.
The singer/songwriter has been sharing her music with local fans for more than 10 years, creating an original blend of contemporary folk and Americana, with several surprises in between! When asked to describe Melody’s music, fans and promoters alike have compared her with the acoustic stylings of Joan Osborne, Patty Griffin, and the Dixie Chicks. Good company indeed.
“Absolutely, those ladies have influenced me,” agrees Melody. “If you’re a singer/songwriter of a certain style, so many great artists have come before, proving musical achievement and authenticity can co-exist.”
A group that Melody often pays tribute to is The Indigo Girls: “I have a Martin OMC Aura (guitar), that I purchased when I worked at Blue Note Guitars here in SLO. When the Indigo Girls played our Performing Arts Center, I was lucky enough to have both of them sign it. So yeah, the Girls rock. Along with Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Annie Lennox. And, and, and…” Her list of examples is far-reaching, her admiration deep.
A frequent performer at wineries, breweries and restaurants in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, Melody and her guitar can be most often seen at the stunning Vina Robles Tasting Room in Paso Robles, California. She’s even been known to play an occasional tribute set or try out her newest material at Steve Key’s Songwriters at Play Showcase.
In 2012, Melody was featured in SLO Life Magazine and the editor/owner was so impressed with her talent, he asked her to star in one of the magazine’s SLO Life commercials, which aired on KSBY TV.
Melody is also a sought-after performer for weddings and private parties, happily covering the greatest hits of eclectic artists ranging from the Dave Matthews Band and Coldplay, to Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. And if one of her own tunes joins the celebration – like her love song entitled, “Cannoli” – audiences are even more pleased.
“Every time I pick up my guitar and begin to sing for an audience, no matter where I am, I feel blessed. People say I have a ‘gift,’ but I know the true gift is my being able to perform and reach someone through song. I love being in that moment.” And it shows.
Check out Melody Klemin’s debut album, Cliffs.