Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: Melody Thornton, Piss On Your Black List]
Most artists allow culture to shape them. Every once in a while, an artist emerges and actually does the opposite. Trailblazing comes second nature for Melody Thornton. She's gone from being a key member of multi-platinum selling pop juggernaut Pussycat Dolls to a fascinating and fabulous solo career completely on her own terms. Rather than sticking to the script, she continues to challenge both herself and the environment around her. Meet Melody Thornton...
Thornton discovered her passion for music at a very young age, and she hit the stage the first chance she got. She went from turning heads at school talent shows in her native Arizona to joining Pussycat Dolls at 19-years-old. With the group, she toured the globe in front of sold out venues worldwide and released two chart-topping full-length albums PCD in 2005 and Doll Domination in 2008. The quintet went on hiatus in 2010, but Thornton's journey had just begun.
Her first mixtape P.O.Y.B.L [Piss on Your Black List] hit in 2012, and it immediately began to turn heads. Thornton's impressive range and powerful delivery carried the offering with a combination of sass and savoir fare culled from all her years on stage. She embraced her timeless earliest influences and carved out a style all her own in the process.
"I love classic sounds like strings and horn arrangements," she admits. "I want to create something that's very cinematic. You could hear this in a movie score. I was raised on Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, B.B. King, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green. So, I'm always drawing inspiration from those sounds and infusing it into my own material. My music still maintains a youthful energy though. It isn't a throwback. I'm looking forward while never forgetting where I came from."
This is most definitely the future for Thornton. She soulfully struts between eras with modern confidence, belting out every song with the same inimitable infectiousness that helped drive Pussycat Dolls. She's also evolving lyrically as well.
"It always comes back to love," she goes on. "I'm definitely speaking from the perspective of a young single independent woman—a take-no-guff-type of lady who's always dignified. It's important for me to preserve that integrity. I want to make women of all ages feel strong and empowered while listening and singing along."
Everybody will definitely be singing along too as soon as she drops her next project. She's about to hit her biggest stage yet. "I'd really like to inspire people to be the best they can be," Thornton concludes. "I want to create a soundtrack of fun, inspiration, and strength for my listeners and throw a little sass."
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