If you haven’t heard of Melanie Lynx, that’s about to change. Melanie, who made it onto Season 10 of American Idol and has performed at more than 350 shows as the lead singer of New England’s premier wedding band, just released a new track and music video that you’re not going to be able to get out of your head.

L20: How did you get your start as a performer?

ML: I started singing when I was four years old. At first it was just a hobby–I would pretend I was a Disney princess and sing Disney songs in local talent shows. But as I got older I started spending all of my free time focusing on practicing singing, performing, writing music. By the time I was 13, I competed throughout New England in a crazy amount of singing competitions, and that’s when I realized performing is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

L20: Tell us about your experience on American Idol!

ML: American Idol was really cool! It was my first time ever traveling to the West coast and I absolutely loved it out there. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were the judges that season and they were surprisingly really down to earth. If I could I would absolutely do it again!

L20: You’ve performed in some very prestigious places, including both Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater. What was that like?

ML: It was definitely intimidating. So many legendary performers have played at both these venues and I was so honored to have been able to sing there.

L20: You have a new single out! Tell us about “First Time” and what your first time being in love was like.

ML: “First Time” was inspired by a really great connection I was feeling with a guy I was hanging out with. We’ve been good friends for a while and because I’m not a very confrontational person, I wrote this song instead of telling him how I felt. He still doesn’t know it’s about him! My first time being in love was in high school. Naturally, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world!

L20: Have you had any super embarrassing moments on stage?

ML: Yes! Around this time last year, I was singing at a party where toward the end of the night everyone and all the band members were randomly wearing fake mustaches.  My mustache started to fall off while I was singing and I totally inhaled it! After the show, everyone was wondering where I went and the band responded, “She went to the bathroom… she swallowed the mustache.” So embarrassing!

L20: What has your favorite moment of your career been so far?

ML: My favorite moment is what’s currently happening. The release of my debut single and upcoming EP is a huge breath of fresh air and it makes me more happy than ever before to be creatively expressing myself through my music. Sometimes I’m so excited about writing new music that I can’t even sleep at night!

L20: Do you have any advice for other twenty-somethings hoping to break into the music business?

ML: This is cliché, but so true. Don’t. Give. Up. Persistence is key.

L20: What can we expect to see from you in the future?

ML: In the near future, you’ll be able to hear my debut EP! It’s going to be dope! 5 tracks. All feel-good. All fun. I’ll also be playing a ton of shows at different venues so look out for the tour schedule!

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