"Had the infection not been caught, I may not be here," she said. "I had to quit touring for six months and wasn't able to walk properly for a while. I've also fought off Lyme disease since 2016 and am finally getting to the point where I am mostly better, which has been massive for me."
"There are so many times I have fallen down and gotten up stronger. No matter what is done to us, we always have the choice of who to be in spite of what happens – becoming fire instead of letting things burn you into ashes. I have been through abuse, stalking, heartbreak and fake friends, as well as losing people I love and close family going through life-threatening surgery."
"I have grown so much through the pain I have walked through and would like to believe I have used it to fuel this show. Phoenix is not just about surviving but using the pain to thrive, in spite of being destroyed over and over."
Despite the setbacks – or maybe because of them – Mel has found herself embracing her creativity with prolific songwriting, collaborations and recording commitments. In addition to Phoenix, Mel Kay & Liberté have recorded 1940, Undone and M.A.N. – with The Inbetween and KID in the pipeline – in preparation for an album release later this year and a possible tour east coast tour.
"I wrote the lyrics and vocal melody for the backing music he sent and released it with him," Mel said. "It's been a great experience working with someone online while both being in different countries and it's really shown me what the internet makes possible these days.
"I have also been asked to write and sing for French composer Simon Derasse, as well as some other great musicians, which has been very exciting."
Mel Kay & Liberté play their Phoenix gig from 7.30pm, April 13. Tickets are $15 seated, $10 standing – book at www.melkaymusic.com/shows. Voila Voila Tapas Bar is at 918 Hay Street, Perth.
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