Melanie Adams

June 7, 2016 | An interview with Melanie Adams, Alto & Tenor Vocalist
A question-and-answer

Vancouver, BC—Meet Melanie Adams, who is an alto and tenor vocalist with musica intima.

Name: Melanie Adams
Age: 43
Vocal category: Alto (or, Alto who sometimes sings Tenor)
Year you joined musica intima: 2000-2008; 2010 - present

1. How did you begin singing?
The story is that my older brother was learning to play the recorder in school. One day, while he was practicing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on his recorder, I was singing along, apparently completely in tune as a one-year-old from my playpen.

2. Which artist are you listening to right now?
This is always a tough question for me, because there is never just a single artist. Lately, because of other gigs I have been doing, I have been listening to a lot of Barbara Bonney singing Mendelssohn; Régine Crespin and Gérard Souzay singing French repertoire;  and Michael Nyman, and English composer. I also love to hear Linda Eder, an American singer and actress, sing anything!

Canadians Joel Plaskett, Basia Bulat, and Alessia Cara are almost always on my playlist, as are Europeans Hozier and Passenger. And, since I have a "tween" daughter, there is a lot of Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift at my house.

3. What’s something you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading and knitting are probably my two biggest hobbies. And, of course, drinking coffee. My family also enjoys playing board games with friends.

4. When did Vancouver become home?
It was June 1999.

5. Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my husband since May 1999. He is a clinical psychologist, and he also writes and produces independent genre films. He founded and directs the annual Vancouver Badass Short Film Festival.

We have two daughters: Emily (10) and Abigail (7). Emily loves music. She plays piano and takes ballet and hip-hop, and is also one of my favourite voice students! She hopes to be a fashion designer when she grows up. Abigail loves playing piano, likes her ballet and tap classes, and loves her video games (Minecraft is her favourite). She says she'd like to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

My mom still lives in PEI, where I grew up. My brother lives with his wife and my two nieces in Ontario, and my nephew lives in New Brunswick.

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be – and why?
My answer to this question is always the same: PEI. I'd travel home. It's where I grew up, and I still have many relatives and friends there. Plus, it is the most beautiful place in the world!

7. If you could have dinner with any well-known figure (past or present), who would it be and why?
George Carlin. He was hysterically funny, wickedly sarcastic, incredibly smart, and his commentary on life and the world was always spot-on.

8. Tell us something about you that will surprise us.
In university, I sang the girlfriend part in Meat Loaf's "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" in the cover band of a group of friends. I was pretty good at it. I still occasionally live out my rock star fantasy by singing backup for Vancouver singer-songwriter Don Adams (no relation!).


About musica intima
Nominated for three JUNO awards, the Vancouver-based conductorless vocal ensemble has released eight commercial recordings. musica intima’s album clear (1999) was named one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever by CBC. The ensemble’s album into light (2010) received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine. The ensemble's latest release is its first-ever collaboration album: Thirst (2015).

Allison Murray
Communications Manager | musica intima