Lady Lazarus | Bio


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

a singer-songwriter, artist, and creative writer, who has earned significant praise for her singular brand of spirited and enchanting “dream folk-pop,” composed primarily for voice and keyboard/piano.

Since her first release, Mantic, in 2011, Lady Lazarus has been receiving accolades and attention from leading music outlets such as Pitchfork, Stereogum, and many more. Among Lady Lazarus’ musical influences are Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Sparklehorse, Bill Callahan, and Vashti Bunyan; she has also garnered comparisons 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, 7.8 album review from Pitchfork, SPIN track premiere, 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, California 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 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 self-released her last album, Miracles, on March 3, 2015, receiving praise from The New York Times, Consequence of Sound, Magnet Magazine, Clash, Diffuser, and more.

Originally from San Jose, California, Sweat has lived and toured throughout the U.S., and is currently residing in Santa Cruz County. Her new album, Impossible Journey Of My Soul Tonight, was released on 10/18/19 to acclaim from Uproxx, Impose Magazine, The Big Takeover, Atwood Magazine, and more.