Wearing her heart proudly on her sleeve, Melbourne songbird Mezz Coleman writes and sings songs of love and loss. A jazz singer in a former life, Mezz has found her musical "home" in the folk and indie-pop worlds, and with her ukulele in hand has spent the last decade performing, recording and sharing her music with audiences both in Melbourne and regional Australia, establishing herself as a prolific songwriter, engaging storyteller and class act vocalist.
Whether playing solo or with her full band, Mezz always manages to create an intimacy with her audience. Her passionate vocal delivery, poignant yet down-to-earth lyrics, and relaxed banter between songs very quickly breaks down the barrier between performer and audience. With four independent releases under her belt and over a decade of shows in some of Australia’s top venues and festivals (and lounge rooms!) all across the country, Mezz is currently working on a fresh batch of songs inspired by the moon cycle, motherhood and feminism, and cannot wait to share her new works with the world soon.
While working as an original artist will always be Mezz's greatest love, she has also had the incredible privilege of working as a backing vocalist and session singer for artists such as Nana Mouskouri, Marcia Hines, Barry Humphries, Delta Goodrem, Anthony Callea, Brian McFadden, Sylvie Paladino, Marina Prior, John Foreman, The Melbourne Gospel Choir and more. She has performed at many events including the Channel 9 Carols by Candlelight, MCG Grand Final, Dancing with the Stars and Good Friday Appeal Gala.
Mezz is a sought after songwriter, and often lends her skills to other artists and art forms. In 2016 she was asked to write a song using words recorded in interviews with asylum seekers living in detention. The song is called “I am Alive” and it was featured in a play called “I'd Turn back” which has played at both the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Mezz is working as part of the songwriting team for a brand new Australian Musical called “In Like Flynn” which is currently being workshopped in Melbourne.
Mezz is also a passionate educator and works extensively around Melbourne as a vocal coach.