Many of you will be familiar with Melinda Schneider from her successful country music career and her appearances on 2010’s season of Dancing with the Stars. But the show that brings her back to Gold Coast shores in March is one that pays homage to one of her own idols: the much loved Doris Day. Lisa Smith caught up with Melinda for a chat about bringing her concert style show Melinda Does Doris to Twin Towns in March.
Melinda first fell in love with Doris when she saw Calamity Jane.
“ My first experience of Doris must have been Calamity Jane. I loved that she was playing a tomboy, and it’s probably the first real makeover show! The western theme of the film is a nice link to my love of country music, too.”
But it seems the similarities don’t end there. Melinda discovered there was much the two have in common when researching and creating her sell-out stage show DORIS, from which the music for this concert-style show is taken.
Melinda said she was surprised to find out that behind the sunny smile, Doris had had quite a turbulent personal life, including abusive relationships, much sadness and general bad luck with men, some of which, Melinda said, she’s had her own personal experience with.
“We’ve got quite a few things in common – we’ve both had bad relationships, bad luck with men. And we both love dogs” she added with a giggle.
But when I asked what it was Melinda loves about performing Doris’ much-loved hits, she spoke affectionately of the opportunity the show provides as a departure from her own song writing – and the naval gazing and inward focus that writing her award winning country songs commands.
“I was looking forward to a break from writing about myself, my own life and emotions.”
Melinda said she loves singing Doris’ songs, and particularly enjoys it when the audience inevitably start to sing along.
“I love the audience singalong that always happens – everyone knows and loves these songs… That’s what you want!”
As Doris is about to enjoy her 92nd birthday, and no longer performs publicly herself, she must be delighted that someone like Melinda is joyfully carrying on her legacy, inviting audiences to join her on what is sure to be a wonderful evening and – as the song says – a Sentimental Journey.
Melinda does Doris
Friday March 11: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW
www.twintowns.com.au | 1800 014 014