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Labor of Love: Melody Angel
As Chicago as Chicago gets, Melody Angel caught our attention on instagram as @melodyangelmusic
She's a POWERFUL Blues & Soul crusher on the guitar and her voice will make your hair stand on end. We asked her how she got her start and who influences her playing in this episode of Labor of Love.
Please tell the world who you are and where you are from?
My name is Melody Angel.
It's my real name, not a stage name.
I'm from Chicago, South Side!
How did you get started with the guitar?
I got my guitar when I was like 14. My mom got me my guitar (Fender Stratocaster) at a pawn shop.
She brought it home one day, and I've been playing it ever since. It's the same guitar I play today.
I wanted a guitar my whole life, pretty much since I was like seven years old, but we couldn't afford it. I didn't know when we'd ever be able to afford a guitar. When she brought it home, it was like she brought in a frickin mansion with a pool and a whole 'nother life. It was the biggest moment in my life, and it changed my whole life.
Who inspired you, what shaped your style?
What first sparked my interest was Prince. I saw this old movie called Purple Rain, and it just blew my mind. The sounds the Prince was able to make just; it just made me want to be able to do that. I thought all you had to do was pick up a guitar and you could make it sound like that. But that's not the reality. The reality is he's the best guitar player of his time. So it made me want to aspire to that.
I'm always trying to get better.
Every time I think about Prince I think about when they asked Clapton "how does it feel being the best guitar player in the world" and he said, "I don't know, ask Prince." I was like "there it is." It's just the reality. He was the best since Jimi Hendrix. He led me to Jimi Hendrix which became like a huge influence in my music which I'll always be grateful for because Jimi shows you all that was possible. He showed you that there's like a million possibilities on this thing. It's not just the standard chords you can make up chords you can make up different tunings you could do anything. So he's just the best teacher in the world, Jimi Hendrix.
What's your Guitar of choice?
My Mexican made Stratocaster sounds good. I try to work on it to make it sound a little bit better. I had to get new pick-ups and different things. But this American (Fender Custom Shop) Stratocaster is already perfect, just right out of the box, you really don't have to do anything. I've never had an American (Fender Custom Shop) Strat , so playing this is like a distant dream.
One day I may have one.
Man! Sounds good!
What's happening in your world? Where can we check you out next?
Check me out on Melody Angel Music dot com. I post my shows and stuff so you can stay updated with.
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