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MEL ATKEY

Mel Atkey is a Canadian-born composer/lyricist and author now based in London, England.

Sheet Music in the Category: VOCAL SOLOS

The Meaning of Aloha Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

This song from the musical, The Last Queen of Paradise, is a a sweet and inspiring revealing of the deeper meanings of the term aloha: "My being part of all And all being part of me Where there is pain It is my pain Where there is joy It is my joy Beauty is aloha And kindness is aloha Aloha is the sympathy you share around The empathy that must abound Aloha”
Psalm 139 Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

This is a lovely new setting of selected verses from Psalm 139 that underscore the presence and spirit of God's powerful protection.
Keep Up Your Chin Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
From a musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess.
Never Fear Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A song of forgiveness from a musical version of the Willa Cather novel O Pioneers!
O Gentle Presence Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
This lovely new setting of the poem by Mary Baker Eddy has a feeling of joy as it moves in a constant arpeggiation in the accompaniment.
Something Magic Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
From The Grand Finale. An actor finds inspiration in his audience.
Take Away Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
From A Little Princess, sung by Col. Crewe when at last reunited with his daughter at the end of a war.
Twenty-third Psalm Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
This soulful new setting of the 23rd Psalm has a lovely flowing melody with an arpeggiated accompaniment in 6/8, beautifully underscoring the words of this comforting Psalm.

BIOGRAPHY

Mel Atkey has been writing musicals ever since he was in high school in his native Vancouver. He was a finalist for the Musical of the Year competition in Aarhus, Denmark, and his work has been short-listed for the Vivian Ellis Prize, the Quest for New Musicals, the Ken Hill Prize and Musical Stairs. His first musical, Shikara, was produced on radio in Canada. A single was released by singer Janice Jaud of one of the songs, "Far Away", and received airplay across Canada and the U.S.

Mel Atkey began his career in 1977 by co-producing a jazz concert with Vancouver impresario Willi Germann. This experience would later be recalled in his musical Poor Little Rich Girl Sings the Blues. Other early projects included a telethon featuring folk singer Tom Northcott, and he spent two years as a theatre critic before moving to Toronto to pursue his career as a musical theatre writer. He was commissioned to write songs for CBC Radio, and was a member of the Guild of Canadian Musical Theatre Writers' Lehman Engel Workshop. He was a director of the Cabaret and Musical Theatre Alliance until he moved to London in 1991. He made his New York debut in April 2001 with an off-off-Broadway showcase of O Pioneers! with book by Robert Sickinger. This show was then a finalist for “Stages 2002” at the New Tuners theatre in Chicago. Their second musical, A Little Princess was presented at Wings Theatre in New York in 2003, and his two character musical Perfect Timing, for which he wrote the book as well as music and lyrics, was recently showcased to great acclaim as part of Greenwich Theatre (London)’s Musical Futures series. He wrote the opening number for Janie Dee’s recent critically acclaimed one-woman show.

His book When We Both Got to Heaven tells the story of his ancestor James Atkey, who came to Georgian Bay from the Isle of Wight in 1854 as a teacher to the Ojibwa. It was published by Natural Heritage Books, Toronto, in October 2002. A second book, Broadway North: The Dream of a Canadian Musical Theatre was published by Natural Heritage in 2006. Its follow-up book A Million Miles from Broadway – Musical Theatre Beyond New York and London was published by Friendlysong Books in 2012. Running Away with the Circus – or – “Now Is the Winter of our Missing Tent, published in 2013, tells of his experience with the big top on tour in Taiwan.

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“As a composer, you show enormous promise— you have a wonderful gift for melody, great musicality, a good sense of how to use a chorus to make a song interesting... Lucky you — such talents are rarer than you know.” - Stephen Schwartz, composer of Godspell, The Baker's Wife and Prince of Egypt.

“For days now the melody and lyrics … have been ringing in my head, and will not be dislodged. The song is just one of the many pleasures of your compilation CD.” - Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist of Les Miserables.

“Mel Atkey has written lovely music” - New York Times review of A Little Princess.

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