Mel Parsons

Singer - Songwriter

Course Attended: Contemporary Music Performance

An adventurer at heart, Parsons grew up on a farm at Cape Foulwind near the small West Coast town of Westport, and her adventures to date have taken her all over the world.

When she can, singer-songwriter Mel Parsons heads home to recharge, but much of the time she lives out of a suitcase, touring and performing all over the world. Mel’s passion is music, telling stories through song, reaching out to and drawing her audience in. And judging by the lush sounds and lyricism of her latest album Drylands (released April 2015), her reputation is set to soar.

Mel was already focused on a career in music when she moved to Auckland in 2002 to do the Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance. ‘MAINZ was brilliant. I still think it’s the number one music performance school in New Zealand. It offers practical, hands-on training, fully grounded in reality.’

She thrived at MAINZ, honing her performance skills, starting to build a repertoire of original songs, learning from and alongside like-minded people. ‘One of the most valuable things about studying at MAINZ is the connections you make. The tutors also work in the industry, they live the experience, and the friends you make are the people you’re in business with.’

Mel’s followed her dream and life is good.

‘I feel very, very fortunate to be able to make it work.’