Brian Melo (born 15 August 1982) is a Canadian singer from Hamilton, Ontario who was the winner of the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007.
Melo was born in the East End of Hamilton
, to Maria and Augusto Melo, immigrants from São Miguel
. He professionally trained vocals at the Royans School for the Musical Performing Arts
, which also featured Rock Star Supernova
winner Lukas Rossi
and Our Lady Peace
frontman Raine Maida
. He also volunteered to help in recording vocal harmonies with some of the school's students. In 1997, Melo sang back-up for Shania Twain
as part of a choir and from 2003 he was the lead singer for Hamilton, Ontario alternative/indie band Stoked with guitarist Joe Cacioppo, bassist Rick Fazendeiro, and drummer Paul Fontes.
Canadian Idol 2007
At the time of his Idol audition, Melo was still living in Hamilton and working as a construction worker
. He had auditioned for previous seasons of Canadian Idol
but had never made it past the judges. In early 2007 he was encouraged by both his best friend and his brother to try again in Toronto
. His audition was the first shown in the television broadcast.
During the finals of the competition, the judges all praised Melo for his emotional performances and his command of the stage. After his performance of Karma Police by Radiohead in the Top 5 episode, the audience and judges gave him a standing ovation, with Jake Gold remarking, "I just hope the people at home understand what they just saw. One of the most magic [sic] moments ever on this show." Zack Werner added, "Mr. and Mrs. Melo, your son very well may be the next Canadian Idol. You [Brian] give credibility to the whole damn franchise.
On September 11, 2007, Melo won Canadian Idol, despite having been considered the "dark horse" at the start of the competition, and having landed in the "Bottom Two" twice. He beat Jaydee Bixby for the title, who had never been in the bottom three throughout the entire series.
His first single, "All I Ever Wanted", was released at 12:00 AM on September 13, 2007. The song is also featured on his debut album, Livin' It, which was released on November 27, 2007.
Canadian Idol Performances
2007-Present: Livin' It
- 2007: Was the winner of Canadian Idol in 2007 which also led to the release of his first single, "All I Ever Wanted".
- 2007: His debut album, Livin' It, was released on November 27, 2007.
- 2008: He released his second single, "Shine" off his album Livin' It.
- 2008: On April 11th he released his 3rd single off his album, "Livin' It" called "Summertime".
- 2008: He made a cameo performing appearance on Faber Drive's video, "Sleepless Nights".
- 2008: He performed "Back to Me" on the Canadian Idol 6 finale, where it was confirmed as his 4th single.
The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Canadian pop/rock artist Brian Melo.
||Canadian Hot 100
||"All I Ever Wanted"
|"Back to Me"
Livin' It Track Listing
- "Back to Me"
- "All I Ever Wanted"
- "I Gave You All My Life"
- "Livin' It"
- "Half as Good as You"
- "She Moves Me"