The highly anticipated debut album from country-pop breakout Melanie Dyer, Fresh is, fittingly, a true gem. It’s an apt description for the work of an artist raised in the picturesque surrounds of Inverell in Northern NSW – Australia’s famed Sapphire City. Few debut albums achieve the kind of multifaceted sparkle that Melanie Dyer delivers with Fresh.
At just 23, the Sydney-based singer-songwriter bursts onto the scene with startling vibrancy. The album’s lead single ‘Fresh’ is an established No. 1 hit, occupying the top spot on the official Australian Country Airplay Chart for five consecutive weeks, while Melanie herself recently performed for capacity crowds alongside Aussie country-pop powerhouse the McClymonts on the NSW leg of their mammoth Endless Tour 2017.
That Fresh should arrive glistening with the kind of polish and perfection that is usually reserved for the work of a veteran recording artist is no accident. Growing up on a farm at Mount Russell, NSW listening to Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain, Melanie picked up a guitar for the first time at the tender age of 11. The rest is history – and the result of years of dedication and hard work. “I wrote my first song when I was 12, which was called ‘Life on the Land’,” Melanie recalls. “It became the anthem for Woolworths’ National Drought Appeal in 2007. It was really special to me, because I grew up on a farm, my dad’s a farmer, and I’m a country kid.”