Melanie sets sights on New York after £5,000 kickstarter success

Date: Tuesday 5th March 2019

PENRITH singer songwriter Melanie Baker successfully hit her target to raise £5,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the production costs of her new mini-album yesterday — and now has her sights set on the Big Apple.

Melanie, aged 20, launched the appeal on the "all or nothing" kickstarter funding platform, which meant she had just 30 days to attract enough funding pledges.

Her target was hit on Monday afternoon, with 86 backers pledging a total of £5,065 — meaning the £5,000 goal had been hit with three days to go.

In return for people's support, she offered her backers the chance to get their hands on exclusive merchandise — and even gave supporters the ability to book her to play at their house.

In a video to her fans on Facebook, Melanie said: "From the bottom of my heart thank you so much. I have been full of anxiety and nerves for this entire month, very doubtful that I was going to make the £5,000 target in 30 days — and I can't believe we've done it.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but I can now officially say I can record and release my next EP. It's a big relief and I am so grateful."

All in all, it proved to be quite a day for Melanie as that night she made it through to the semi-finals of the Coffee Music Project in London. The winner of the competition — which is raising money for Project Waterfall which provides clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world — gets to perform in New York City!

Only four of the 11 who performed at the Soho Residence, in London, last night went through to the semi-final, which is to be held at Freedom, Soho, in London, on 19th March.

Next Thursday, 14th March, Melanie will be performing at a Glass City event at the new Abstrakt venue in Carlisle's Fisher Street as part of a female dominated bill being headlined by Marblmoon.