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The first time I saw Melinda Whitaker I was knocked off my feet by the sheer warmth of her
personality and presence. Anyone who has heard Melinda’s voice knows its smoky brilliance,
the seductive, electrical charge that this wonderful performer can bring to a song.
Dr. Peter Gouzouasis, Music Director, JAZZ90/WRTI (1983-
1988)

Melinda Whitaker has lived her life in song. She began her career with Jazz Radio
Canada broadcasting from the Red Barrel Lounge at the Hotel Vancouver. She‘s
performed in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and sings in renowned Vancouver
venues such as The Cellar.
With a lush, rich voice that shifts effortlessly from smoke to silk, Melinda will captivate
you from the very first song. The Touch of Your Lips features fresh, joyful, swinging
standards drawn from the classic American songbook. Inspired and infused by the magic
of the Spanish language during her sojourn in Costa Rica, Melinda‘s ―Besame Mucho‖
and ―What A Diff‘rence A Day Makes‖ will transport you to a world of breezy palm trees
and velvety warm nights.
Melinda is accompanied on this recording by a formidable Canadian trio featuring Miles
Black on piano, Tommy Doran on drums, and Rick Kilburn on bass. Together, their
musical chemistry is pure, smooth and magical. The Touch of Your Lips will resonate
with you long after the last note has sounded.


The Touch of Your Lips                           1.    I'm Old Fashioned
Melinda Whitaker                                 2.    The Touch Of Your Lips
                                                 3.    The Way You Look Tonight
Independent release                              4.    Someone To Watch Over Me
Catalogue No.: MWCD001                           5.    Save Your Love For Me
Released: February 13, 2005                      6.    As Long As I Live
                                                 7.    What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
Melinda Whitaker – vocals                        8.    There Will Never Be Another You
Miles Black – piano                              9.    I Remember Clifford
Rick Kilburn – bass                              10.   Besame Mucho
Tommy Doran – drums                              11.   I Didn't Know What Time It Was
                                                 12.   It Could Happen To You
Recorded at Riverside Recording,                 13.   We'll Be Together Again
Burnaby, BC, 2003-2004


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                                                                                 BIOGRAPHY


Melinda Whitaker is exquisite...a delight for anyone who likes vocal jazz. Her song is her life,
and Melinda sings life like no other.
Dr. Peter Gouzouasis, Music Director, JAZZ90/WRTI (1983-
1988)

―I sing because I breathe,‖ laughs Melinda Whitaker. That ethos sums up her life-long
love of jazz and her spirit‘s call to the songs of life. As a member of the Vancouver jazz
scene, Melinda has truly done it all. From her early days broadcasting for Jazz Radio
Canada from the Red Barrel Lounge at the Hotel Vancouver, to CBC radio and television
performances alongside Canadian music icons, to gigs at The Cellar and the Vancouver
International Jazz Festival—Melinda has lived her life in song.

Melinda‘s professional career began early in Edmonton where she sang her own
compositions with Tommy Banks on CBC television. When she returned to Vancouver,
Melinda poured all of her creative energies into music, singing in jazz lounges six nights
a week and making a second home for herself in local studios recording vocals for radio,
television and film.

There are few master musicians on the Canadian jazz scene with whom Melinda hasn‘t
worked. Fraser MacPherson, Oliver Gannon, Doug Riley, Ted Quinlan and Dave
Robbins are just a few of the people Melinda collaborated with in the past. In 2001
Melinda opened for the Ray Brown Trio at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

In 2003-04, Melinda returned to the recording studio and produced The Touch of Your
Lips. This CD features a collection of joyfully swinging standards as well as rich,
textured ballads sung in both English and Spanish. She is brilliantly supported on the disc
by renowned Canadian jazz musicians Miles Black (piano), Tommy Doran (drums) and
Rick Kilburn (bass).

Currently, Melinda is singing at venues throughout Vancouver, including The Cellar and
the Hyatt Regency Hotel. You can hear cuts from her CD on CBC Radio.

Email info@melindawhitaker.com or visit www.melindawhitaker.com for more
information,
                                                                   REPERTOIRE




The Touch of Your Lips
I‘m Old Fashioned                           I Should Care
The Touch of Your Lips                      Georgia
The Way You Look Tonight                    I‘m Walkin‘
Someone To Watch Over Me                    But Beautiful
Save Your Love for Me                       Stormy Weather
As Long As I Live                           Summertime
What A Diff‘rence A Day Makes               Here‘s That Rainy Day
   (Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado)                Darn That Dream
There Will Never Be Another You             Why Don‘t You Do Right
I Remember Clifford                         At Last
Besame Mucho                                Travelin‘ Blues
I Didn't Know What Time It Was              Waltz For Debby
It Could Happen To You                      The Boy Next Door
We‘ll Be Together Again                     My Foolish Heart
                                            It Had to Be You
                                            ‗Round Midnight
                                            When I Fall In Love
                                            New Gravy Waltz
                                            Never Make Your Move Too Soon
                                            Teach Me Tonight
                                            God Bless The Child
                                            My One And Only Love
                                            Spain
                                            Corcovado (Quiet Nights)

Email info@melindawhitaker.com or visit www.melindawhitaker.com for more
information,
                                                         RECENT PERFORMANCES




FESTIVALS

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

GIGS

The Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, BC
The Gallery Lounge, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Pan Pacific Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Rossini‘s Restaurant and Bar, Vancouver, BC

PRIVATE FUNCTIONS

Audi, Harrison, BC
Arts Club Theatre Gala, Vancouver, BC
Chevron Canada, Vancouver, BC




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