Lady Lazarus | Bio

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lady lazarus is the solo music project of melissa ann sweat...

a singer-songwriter, artist, and creative writer from San Jose, now living by the beach in Aptos, CA.

Since her first release, Mantic in 2011, Lady Lazarus has received significant attention for her singular brand of spirited and enchanting, “dream folk-pop” composed for mainly voice and keyboard/piano. Among Lady Lazarus’ influences are Tom Waits, Guided By Voices, Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, and Vashti Bunyan; she has garnered comparisons to the latter three, as well as to Cat Power, Grouper, Regina Spektor, Daniel Johnston, Erik Satie, and Philip Glass.

In 2013, while living in Los Angeles, Lady Lazarus self-released her second album All My Love In Half Light to wide acclaim, including an LA Weekly feature, a 7.8 album review from Pitchfork, NPR music video premiere, and more. A highlight of the year was opening for Youth Lagoon on two nights—one at the historic El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Just before moving to the desert town of Joshua Tree, CA, in January 2014, Lady Lazarus recorded a new album of songs almost entirely on baby grand piano and for the first time in a professional studio, L.A.’s Pacifica Studios. The new album features instrumentation by Producer/Engineer and award-winning songwriter John Keller and orchestral percussion by Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band). Later that year in May, All My Love In Half Light was re-released worldwide on vinyl, CD, and digital by LebensStrasse Records, garnering new accolades from Fader, Clash Magazine, BBC Radio 6, Impose Magazine, and others.

Lady Lazarus released her latest album, Miracles, on March 3, 2015 receiving praise from The New York Times, Consequence of Sound, Magnet Magazine, AltSounds, Diffuser, and many more. She is currently working on a book, her blog, creating new art and songs, and looking forward to playing shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.