To Melanie, her band are like family. If she could, she'd take them everywhere with her. Even during the 2007/2008 'Return Of The Spice Girls Tour', Greg, Paul, Vinnie, Nick and Scott were part of the band that travelled around the globe with the girls. After the release of her fifth album 'The Sea', Melanie added 2 new female vocalists, LaDonna and Sharlene, to the band.
Greg Hatwell (Guitars, Backing Vocals, Musical Director)
Greg joined the band back in 2003 as Melanie's rhythm guitarist when she toured her second album 'Reason'. On stage Greg also gets the chance to show off his vocal talent, especially on fan favourite 'When You're Gone'. Since joining the band eight years ago he has proven to be an integral member and is now the Musical Director. Off stage Melanie and Greg have collaborated on tracks such as 'Don't Need This', 'Fragile', 'We Love To Entertain You' and 'Enemy', which is the eight minute long closing track on Melanie's fifth album 'The Sea'.
Paul Gendler (Guitars)
Paul is Melanie's longest serving band member and Melanie's lead guitarist. He has been with Melanie since her first live performance with the Spice Girls back in 1997! Since then Paul and Melanie have toured around the world with and without the other girls. During his impressive career Paul has recorded for many big names such as Gary Barlow, JLS, Mariah Carey, The Wanted and Westlife. Together with Melanie and Steve Mac, Paul wrote Melanie's single 'Carolyna', which is taken from her album 'This Time'.
Vinnie Lammie (Drums)
Vinnie first crossed paths with Melanie when he played drums in the band Liko, who supported Melanie during her UK tour in 2003. After several stand in performances, Vinnie officially joined the band in 2004. When he's not on tour with Melanie, Vinnie is a drum course tutor at BIMM in his hometown of Brighton. In the past Vinnie has performed with an array of top artists including Robbie Williams, Supergrass, Emma Bunton and Take That.
Nick Nasmyth (Keyboards)
Nick first teamed up with Melanie during the recording of her 3rd solo album 'Beautiful Intentions'. He played the keyboard on various tracks from the album and later joined the band as a full-term member. Nick has previously worked with a number of well known artists including Tom Jones, Kylie and the Manic Street Preachers including the solo work of both Nicky and James.
Scott Firth (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Scott joined Melanie and the rest of the band towards the end of 2005. He is a multi instrumentalist who can also play guitar and keys. Scott has extensively toured with various artists including Joan Armatrading, Morcheeba, Steve Winwood amongst others and is also the current bass player with Public Image Ltd.
LaDonna Harley-Peters (Backing Vocals)
LaDonna joined Melanie's band as a backing vocalist after Melanie released her fifth album 'The Sea'. She has been singing professionally since 2000 and has toured with the following artists - Ms Dynamite, Terri Walker, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Lemar, Daniel Merriweather and Plan B as well as working with Madonna, Elton John, Michael Bolton, Will Young, Florence & the Machine, Paloma Faith, Adele and many more!
Sharlene Hector (Backing Vocals)
Sharlene joined the band alongside LaDonna in 2011. During her 12 year career, she has worked with Basement Jaxx, Alicia Keys, Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Pixie Lott, Boy George, Natasha Bedingfield, Miss Dynamite and Sam Sparro, to name a few. She is also part of The Soul Family Sunday band where she performs alongside Natalie Williams once a month at Ronnie Scott's. Sharlene's debut EP, 'Expressions' is now available on iTunes.