Former Wishbone Ash guitarist Muddy Manninen & Melanie Denard singer from Atlanta's MADAM COMPANY Tribute Band will be peforming bluesy originals and a collection of memorable covers
About MELANIE DENARD
Melanie Denard started singing in church at a very young age. She attended a high school for the Performing Arts in Atlanta GA
and traveled the world performing with an international touring company. After high school, she joined the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company performing in many stage shows.In 2003, she was a top 5 finalist in two cities (Atlanta and New York) for the VH1 series,‘Born To Diva’ which aired on television. Celebrity judges included Cory Rooney, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins of TLC. Melanie was the lead singer of several bands spanning many years and honed her vocal skills studying, writing and recording with Jan Smith of Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta. In 2006, she had the opportunity to move to Nashville TN to pursue her career. While there, she recorded an album,
‘Dare To Live’ with Dan Friszell at Legends Studio while studying voice with Renee Grant Williams. Melanie released 2 singles and promoted them by going on many radio tours throughout the southeast. She was also one of the lead singers in an all female Eagles tribute band called the ‘Sheagles’.The band toured for a few years and played at the House Of Blues in Houston TX and in Winslow, AZ just to name a few.
She moved back to Georgia in 2010 and continued singing for the Melanie Denard Band.In 2016, she had the idea of forming a tribute band paying homage to the legendary music of Bad Company, Free and Paul Rodgers. It is aptly named ‘Madam Company’ as it is the only Bad Company tribute band with a female singer.
band is managed by Lucy Piller of All Right Now Entertainment.
Melanie will be touring the UK with Lucy Piller and Muddy Manninen (previously of Wishbone Ash) in October 2018 performing originals and covers. She will also be going in to the studio to record vocals for an original song written by Muddy.
About MUDDY MANNINEN
Muddy Manninen has been a professional guitarist and songwriter since 1979. He has written for, recorded with, and toured globally with Wishbone Ash since 2004. Muddy has recorded 4 studio albums with Wishbone Ash, and was the main song writer on the last three albums, including the critically acclaimed “Blue Horizon”, which put Wishbone Ash back to the forefront of twin harmony rock guitar bands.
Muddy Manninen left Wishbone Ash in the spring of 2017 to pursue a solo career. “Long Player” is his first solo album. The album features guest appearances from Gregg Sutton, Jenny Darren, Hughie Flint and Patsy Gamble to name a few.
Since 2013 Muddy’s been part of Hipkiss, a band that also features Patsy Gamble on sax and vocals, and in 2017 he joined Jenny Darren’s Ladykillers.
Muddy will be touring the UK with Melanie Denard from the USA in Oct 2018
Performing Originals and covers, They will also be going in to the studio to record a fabulous Muddy song.