Following her busiest Tamworth Country Music Festival, Melanie Dyer has just released the first single from her upcoming debut album.
The former Inverell girl signed with Universal Music in 2013 and is now based in Sydney.
No stranger to the Tamworth festival, she returned last month with her new collection of songs.
One of those was the album’s first single, Fresh.
“It's already country pick of the week on CMC which is pretty cool,” Melanie said this week.
“We reached number five on the iTunes chart which is great I was in the company of artists like Kieth Urban.”
The song was co-written with Morgan Evans during her first visit to Nashville last year.
“I met up with Morgan, we went over to his apartment, sat on the lounge room floor and wrote Fresh in a couple of hours,” Melanie recalled.
“I went in with this title and I said ‘I really want to write this kind of summery, hooky, fresh song. I’ve got this idea, let’s work on it’.”
The single is also the title track of the album, which follows an EP she released last year called Lifetime.
While her music is still in the pop-country genre, Melanie said her songwriting had progressed and now had a more mature substance in her lyrics.
“I’m really excited about it, and hopefully it gets a good spin on radio,” Melanie said about the first single, suggesting the summery anthem would make a good road trip song.
Melanie said the move to Sydney had helped inspire her music.
“As far as myself as an artist goes I think I’ve been inspired by both [city and country].
“The country is where my roots are and that’s where I started writing songs about my life on the land.
“When I moved to Sydney it brought a new sound into my writing because of the hustle and bustle of the city and being around people who are really achieving their goals.”
As well as looking forward to the album release, which will include several launch gigs, Melanie is also playing two shows supporting The McClymonts in April
“It’s going to be a big year of playing shows, once this album is out and we get out on the road for everyone to hear it.”
It’s going to be a big year of playing shows, once this album is out.Melanie Dyer
She said that would definitely include a gig back home in Inverell.
“I do try to get home. I was home for Christmas and I loved that.
“I try to get home and see the family and just pop in and see everybody, but it’s been pretty busy these last 12 months being in Nashville and writing the album then recording.
“But this year I’ll be able to travel around and bring the music back home.”