Multi-award winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is one of Aotearoa’s most beloved touring acts. Part musician and part raconteur, Parsons’ beguiling voice and disarming line of humour has won her a very dedicated fan base and has seen her spend the past decade performing all over the world - from festival stages to theatres to working woolsheds.
Parsons’ newest record ‘Slow Burn' debuted at #3 on the Top40 Charts, was a finalist for Best Folk Artist at the 2023 AMAs & has already clocked up over 700k streams.
‘Slow Burn’ follows Parsons’ critically acclaimed fourth album ‘Glass Heart’, which was produced by legendary LA-based Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello, Missy Higgins, Randy Newman, Lindsay Buckingham/Christine McVie), which saw her win the coveted Best Folk Artist at the 2020 AMAs, was a finalist for the 2019 Taite Music Prize and a Top 20 finalist at 2019’s APRA Silver Scroll Award.
The success of ‘Glass Heart’ followed a string of accolades for Parsons, whose debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ and her sophomore album ‘Red Grey Blue’ were both finalists for Folk Album of the Year (in 2009 and 2011, respectively).
The full-time touring artist garnered a Silver Scroll finalist nod for ‘Get Out Alive’ in 2015, won the 2016 NZCMA Best Song for ‘Alberta Sun’ and the VNZMA for Best Engineer for the ‘Drylands’ record. Both her debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ (2009) and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ (2011) were also VNZMA finalists for Folk Album of the Year. Parsons is also a cast member of Kiwi musical supergroup ‘Fly My Pretties‘, with sell out tours and festival performances throughout Australasia.
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