Singer-songwriter Melanie Waldman has seen God carry her through some very dark seasons, and her debut full-length album is time to celebrate that – just like for the psalmists – God’s faithfulness is present in the good times and the bad. The album is aptly titled Psalmsongs (link to Spotify), with beautiful production from the talented Lori Chaffer. There is a lot of heart and passion present in the songs, and we’re excited to share more of that in this conversation with Melanie.
UTR: How has music played a role in your life’s story?
Melanie: Singing gave me a haven – it was a like a whole other world I could escape to to find relief and lightness in the dark. So I’ve been signing and making songs up since I was really little. I also studied several instruments growing up: the flute, piccolo, french horn, bassoon and piano. Most of my early songs were just unaccompanied melodies with lyrics I’d sing into a palm-sized tape recorder I carried with me wherever I went. I attended the Boston Conservatory of Music @ Berklee and thought my roommate was the coolest because she played guitar. Up to then I would have to find a pianist to come with me when I wanted to perform somewhere – but learning guitar meant I would always have accompaniment with me, wherever I would go. So, I soon began singing and writing songs with the guitar. I used to write and sing really sad songs because I was telling the story of my life and most of it was troubled. My voice had a way of drawing people in to really listen… and because of my testimony in the songs, I mostly left people feeling sad and less hopeful after hearing. Now, with a new life and great freedom I’ve received in Christ, my voice still draws people in – but I get to point them to hope. Jesus came so we could have life and life to the full – here and even now in the midst of everything that is happening.