Atlanta, GA-based singer-songwriter / violinist / multi-instrumentalist Melody Duncan is about to release his first solo album, Wolf song, March 12, 2021. With notes of Americana, indie-pop, chamber pop and folk woven together into a captivating mix, the songs on the album also feature Duncan’s unique voice, a slightly gritty in the depths of his music. With clear vision and focus, Wolf song was written, performed, recorded and produced entirely by Duncan.
âRecording in a home studio is both fun and empowering,â says Duncan. âOn the one hand, my apartment is not soundproofed, so there were a lot of times I couldn’t record because noisy things were happening, like a thunderstorm or my neighbors mowing their lawns. However, this is also one of the reasons I was able to capture some of the cool nature sounds on the record.
Prior to her solo musical endeavors, Duncan was a member of the international touring group The Mulligan Brothers, where she brought the group violin, fiddle, keyboards and vocals. Together they reached the top 50 of the US charts in the United States and performed the Cayamo Cruise with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Shawn Mullins, Steve Earle and John Paul White. When the Mulligan Brothers disbanded in January 2019, Duncan found herself excited about a new chapter in her musical journey and knew she finally had to produce some of the songs she had been writing since she was a young girl.
With Wolf Song, instead of playing songs that others had written, Duncan finally decided to share his own original music with the world. Faithful to his education, his original music is a mixture of genres, a taste all his own. Accompanying her unique musical vision, she began to create what she calls her âWolf Pack,â a community of people and music fans who come together in person, in spirit, or both. âI think wolves are amazing creatures,â Duncan says. âThey run the strongest in the packs and they need the community to be their best. They also connect through song, howling together in harmony despite any distance between them. Music is our universal language and I like to connect with others. I’ve always loved music, and my parents obviously loved it, because they called me Melody. I want to encourage people, connect with people and share light and love through music. We all need more light.
Born and raised in Mobile, AL, Duncan first started in music at a young age. Listening to bluegrass, rock’n’roll, church songs, Celtic music and classical compositions, Duncan enjoyed a wide variety of inspirations from the start. His parents and older brother (Christopher Duncan), all musicians themselves, helped foster the appreciation of playing and performance. With his mother teaching him, Duncan started playing the piano at the age of 5 and slowly learned different instruments along the way. She found an added level of musical passion when she started playing the violin as a teenager. Determined to share music and make it her career, she began touring and working freelance with rock bands, jazz musicians, folk artists, local record studios and chamber bands.
In addition to counting her family members as musically uplifting and motivating, Duncan has also drawn inspiration from artists as diverse as Freddie Mercury, Alison Krauss, Elton John, Chris Thile and James Taylor. âThey’re masters at their craft and they make technically savvy music easily enjoyable for all types of audiences,â Duncan explains. âListening to their music makes my heart happy. Music keeps me company and inspires me. My hope is to pass this on, to add light, inspiration and encouragement to other people. I feel that music can be like a prayer, a hope, a connection to our deepest source of light.
Duncan plans to broadcast live shows when possible under COVID guidelines, but, in the meantime, fans can follow her on Facebook for announcements on her upcoming livestreams.