Chicago singer/songwriter/guitarist Melody Angel has been described as “The Future of the Blues” and “Big Mama Thornton-meets-Jimi Hendrix”!
Melody Angel (her real name) is the complete
package: gifted guitarist and multi-
instrumentalist, songwriter, vocalist,
arranger, and producer. Along the way
Angel found time to launch a successful
theater and film acting career and received
international acclaim at the Cannes Film
Festival in France. The Chicago Reader
Newspaper called her “The Future of the Blues.”
The Southside Chicago artist is indeed navigating a forward-looking musical path while integrating the legacy of classic blues.
Her music encompasses many 20th century American genres, including Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Folk, and Funk, all layered on a strong bed of Chicago blues.
Angel’s music is her own. She imbibes the blues but through the prism of her own creative forces. She gets that trait honestly as a relative of Chicago blues icon, Otis Rush. Rush, along with Magic Sam and Jimmy Dawkins, helped create the fabled “West Side Sound” in the later 1950s -- a sound that heralded a new and innovative blues that embraced R&B and jazz and often incorporated horns.