Melody McArthur is an Indie Edmonton, AB based Pop & R&B singer/songwriter. Her sophomore self-released album, aptly titled Indigenuity, captures the versatility of her song writing abilities and captivating vocal range. Her capacity to fit into multiple genres with ease is beguiling as in November 2018 she independently self-released a debut country album titled Redneck Reservation. Indigenuity self-released October 18, 2019 and features the production talents of Louis-Phillippe Moore (RedRockerz), Tomas Brabec (Octavo Productions), Justin McDonough and Conor Wharton (Resonate Music). The album was funded in part by Canada Council for the Arts.
Indigenuity, is an anglo-slang whereby Indigenous meets ingenuity, which is fitting for an album filled with decolonial ideologies, Nehiyawewin (Cree) inspired titles and artwork, and a mixture of dance, pop, and hip-hop elements. McArthur's influences range from Tove Lo and Shania Twain, to renowned author Richard Wagameese and the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Melody says she admires "the spirit and gifted teachings" of individual artists and strives to "be the example" she wants to see in the world.
Melody has been recording original works since 2014; her most memorable performances include (but are certainly not limited to) the 2010 CCMA's (choir backup for Johnny Reid), 2017 APTN Aboriginal Day Live, 2019 CBC Centre Stage, 2019 Skirts-A-Fire Festival. In 2018 and 2019 Melody traveled to Nashville, TN to fulfill a life-long dream of performing; she secured spots at Douglas Corner Cafe, Commodore Grill, and the world famous Bluebird Cafe (2019) in Nashville, TN. In 2019 she made the front page of the Edmonton Journal (entertainment section; Roger Levesque) featuring her release of Redneck Reservation.