We had the good fortune of connecting with Melody DeBraux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melody, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I don’t think you should ever give up on pursuing your dreams! Whether they be materialized in a different way from what you imagined, or the dream comes true scene for scene, it’s better to keep hoping and aiming for the best than it is to give up and live life wondering if you’d have succeeded had you not given up. I don’t think your ever too old to make your dreams come true. .
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been writing songs since childhood and love materializing expressions and sparking emotion in music. It’s the universal language of love and emotion and there are very few people that aren’t moved in one way or another by a song.
I started writing pop music working in a studio I got hooked up w in college. Such a cool experience although the contracts offered those days offered very little to the artist and songwriters in terms of royalties so I avoided signing any contracts in exchange for nights playing the wine bar and rock band circuit in towns like Nairobi Kenya & good old Houston, TX.
There’s a ton of competition out there & it takes thick skin and a lot of practice & promotion to do it full time. I live to do it and aim to at least once a week as I love entertaining and moving people through music.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well we’d have to hit some of Houston’s best restaurants! Staples like Brasserie 19 & Fuads, as well as some of the new places popping up like The Rustic & Uptown Joey’s.
A day in Kemah or on the beach is always nice and if they make it all the way to Houston, a possible day trip to Austin or San Antonio never ruins a day! There’s great night life, and a different ambience wherever you go, be it River Oaks District or Rice Village.
Texas if full of fun and interesting things to do and the people make the Houston the fab town it is, no doubt!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shout out to Randy Schell, a good friend and sound engineer who helped us record an 11 song album over the course of a year. He was an amazing & giving guy and a genius in the studio. Randy is missed everyday & the song & my new album Blue Skies is also dedicated to his memory.
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