"I wrote them with the intention to empower young women to know their worth," she said. "I want to encourage them to have the courage to stand up for themselves in a society that is often very focused on instant gratification and objectification. I wanted to write a song about the importance of respect because we are all intelligent human beings with a deep need to be loved and valued just as we are."
"They are all incredible musicians and I am so stoked to be able to work with performers of their level," she said. "The main challenge with recording was making sure we were prepared before we went into the studio and, of course, matching the busy schedules of 10 working musicians.
"We decided to track the rhythm section live and the horn section together so we had to make sure there were no mistakes – we managed to get both tracks down in two days, which we were stoked about."
"With the latest release, the aim is to reach a wider audience and ideally gain airplay and rotation on radio stations around Australia, hopefully gaining management at the same time," Mel said.
Mel Kay featuring Liberté launch Upside Down Town and Feel Alright, supported by Jake of Spades and Jesse Bright, at 7pm, October 7. Tickets are $15 – book through Ticketbooth.
Jimmy's Den is at 69 James Street, Northbridge. Upside Down Town and Feel Alright are available through iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify and Soundcloud. You can also check her out on Facebook.