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Sponsored: Alternative R&B singer Mélat to play Austin360 Studio Sessions on September 6

Drew Carr

ByDrew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

Mark your calendars, y’all. On Wednesday, September 6, Austin-based alternative R&B singer Mélat is set to play the Austin360 Studio Sessions stage. Known for her rich voice and signature white-blonde curls, Mélat is coming off the release of her latest album MéVen—a personalization of the word maven, or “someone who understands”—and is set to put on one of the most unique Studio Sessions sets to date. The soulful songstress is steadily gaining popularity—most notably for her new music, thoughtful insights and highly-fashionable style.

Mélat was born and raised in the Austin area— she graduated from Cedar Park High School and the University of Texas— but she maintains an international worldview thanks to her parents, who emigrated to the U.S. from Ethiopia in the 1980s, leaving their homeland to escape a brutal communist regime. As a result, Mélat embraces and embodies the musical vibes of both countries. (You could hear anything from Kool and The Gang or the Bee Gees to Tilahun Gessese or Teddy Afro in Mélat ’s house growing up).

In addition, Mélat ’s parents spoke Amharic, their native tongue, at home, and attended an Ethiopian Orthodox church every Sunday. Growing up with a clear understanding of the vast differences between life in the U.S. and in Ethiopia not only shaped Mélat as a person, but as an artist. You’ll find the footprints of Mélat’s Ethiopian heritage on her new album—the track “Negn” is sung entirely in Amharic and deals with the destructive forces at work in the world, and writing it brought Mélat to tears. And with such a unique sound and an equally unique story, this episode of Studio Sessions is a must-see for anyone who enjoys either.

Tune in and post your questions for Mélat by visiting the Austin360 Facebook page at Facebook.com/Austin360. The Facebook Live feed will pop up on Wednesday, September 6 at 12 p.m. Central. Post any questions you’d like for us to ask Mélat in the comments section. She’ll sing for about 15 minutes and then our host, Serena Hicks, will ask your questions live. You can also tune in on our Studio Sessions page at www.Austin360.com/StudioSessions, which is live streaming the broadcast beginning at 12 p.m. Central. Fun fact: The page flips back to a regular website when we’re done around 12:30, and you can check out previously recorded episodes there as well.

Either way, be sure to tune in as Mélat plays the latest episode of Austin360 Studio Sessions, presented by Bud Light and TicketCity. It’s going to be beyond cool. For more information, please see below.

What: Mélat on Austin360 Studio Sessions presented by Bud Light & TicketCity

When: Wednesday, September 6 at 12 p.m. Central

Where: Live on www.Austin360.com/StudioSessions and on the Austin360 Facebook page