Strangers EP

The debut EP - Strangers
 [17th September]
Featuring the lead single Sweet Little Lies
[8th October]

Released through Ziggy Popular Music

MTV’s “Steal The Spotlight” Grand Prize Winner
LA Music Award Nominee, Best Song
“Top 15 Songwriters Of The Year” for ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Project

Melinda Ortner was born and raised in California, and for the past five years she’s been based in LA, launching her music career. Her first single Heartbeats was originally written for the US movie I Hate Valentine’s Day. She also penned tracks for the Finnish movie Gone With The River – her track of the same name made it into Billboard Top 100 in Finland, while Heartbeats was instead chosen for the major film ‘American Pie: Book of Love’ which really introduced Melinda to a vast audience. Since then it’s had more than 40 000 views on youtube, been aired on several US radio stations, was regularly featured on MTV2, Showtime, HBO, USA Network and Pay-Per-View.  Following this huge success, along with several key showcases (including SXSW 2011), a live MTV pre-VMA’s performance, a spot on the acclaimed Balcony TV Sessions (which can be seen here), and extensive touring, Ortner now presents her debut EP Strangers 

The four tracks comprising the EP elegantly range from the dark title track to the incredibly catchy Sweet Little Lies. Like the forthcoming full length album (pencilled for December 2012) it mirrors a great songwriter with the ability to do exactly this, without ever losing track of the story she is telling; the story of Melinda Ortner, the dream she wants so bad and the years of hard work put into reaching it. Her lyrics are refreshingly honest and forthcoming, and her songs are written with great care, with an eye for the details as well as larger picture. Melinda uses the piano as her main tool of composing, but also brings in percussion, electronic/acoustic guitar, bass, effect pedals and cello when in the studio with producer and co-writer Asaf Rodeh.

Melinda has several international tours under her belt, including more than fifty
dates in the UK and several shows around Europe and Japan.
With a soulful voice, married with undeniably catchy melodies, Strangers reveals itself as deceptively dark pop with a bright side.

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