Melanie McCabe is no stranger to bright lights and big cities as her musical career has already brought her to perform in front of millions of viewers on the X Factor and it’s when she is in the spotlight that she really starts to shine
Born and bred in Dublin, Melanie has been singing for as long as she can remember, and probably even before that. Always the entertainer, Melanie performed at family get-togethers, school plays and talent shows. “I was never really a shy kid”, Melanie explains, “So I’d always try my hand at anything and once my teachers found out I could sing I was called up to do everything”. Something of a fighter, Melanie is putting her vast experience to good use. For one so young this artist is making quite the splash having appeared on a total of four editions of X Factor, has performed countless gigs, hosted numerous interviews and has been enjoying an increasing number of television appearances.
The X Factor has been an excellent platform for Melanie and she is relishing her time since finishing the series.
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind, to say the very least. With concert dates all over Ireland and the UK, switching on the lights in Dublin’s Grafton Street and O Connell Street. Shooting television commercials for Mrs Brown’s Boys DVD for Universal Studios, featuring at awards shows and appearing on The Late Late Show and Melanie is now ready for the next stage. “The X Factor has allowed me to realise how much I love working on TV, it's defiantly a calling for me. I have some exiting new ventures lined up so with a bit of perseverance everything will turn out great.”
Born in Dublin in 1993, Melanie drew her inspiration from her late aunt Aine who Melanie describes as “a beautiful singer who I would always turn to for advice on singing”. At the age of 14 Melanie attended Samsara Stage School, where she remained for two years, and began to discover the depths of her talents. “I realised the extent of my vocal ability. I had never had professionals praise me before so that gave me the courage to try out for The X Factor.” Melanie auditioned for The X Factor in 2008, at just 14 years of age, and then again in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was a hit in each and every single edition.
Performing to millions every week in a highly fraught competition tends to make or break an artist and Melanie has come out the other end a determined, focused young lady with the world at her feet. “I just saw it all as an amazing experience and excellent exposure for me. The X Factor years and other events in my life meant I needed to become thick skinned and develop a fighting attitude. I don't let anything upset me because the only way I see my life is moving forward not back. I can't change what has happened or what will happen so I just accept and keep dreaming.”