Blair Mellow
Voice

In many ways, my path towards a career in music was a winding, detour-filled road, and yet, in many other ways, it seems like it was always meant to be. I grew up in a family full of artists. My mother was an opera singer who had travelled the world in her youth, but gave up a life of travel and glitz in order to teach voice nearer to home so she could focus on raising her family. My father has spent his entire adult life playing the viola in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. My brother was a ballet dancer from the time he was five years old. I have an aunt and a grandmother who are professional painters, an uncle who is a poet and writer, and another aunt who was a stand-up comic. Performing was always all around me.
I started taking piano lessons when I was five years old, and studied from then until I was 14 years old. But it was during that time I stumbled onto something I found I loved even more (although I didn’t realize it at the time) – musical theater. At the age of 12, I did a six month stint with the national touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I did a few small school and community theater productions as well, but the theater bug didn’t really take hold. Not until high school. Not until football happened.
I played football for exactly three weeks. At the end of the third week, I broke my arm at practice. My season was shot, and I needed something to do after school, so on a whim, I auditioned for the school musical and got the lead. This was unheard of for a freshman, and while I didn’t realize it immediately, the jealous stares I got from all the upperclassmen sort of hammered the point home. It didn’t take long for me to realize the not only did I love what I did, but that I was in fact very good at it.
By the time I got to college, I had it all planned out. I thought that rather than just study musical theater (which is what I wanted to do), I would instead get two degrees, studying classical theater and classical music. It seemed like a really good idea at the time, I thought I would just end up with a much more well-rounded view of musical theater. But a funny thing happened along the way. I found that I infinitely preferred the classical styling’s of Mozart to the simplicity of Andrew Lloyd Weber; and at the same time I realized my true love in theater lay with Shakespeare and Aeschylus, and not with … well, Andrew Lloyd Weber.
The rest, as they say, is history. Since then I have found all sorts of ways to both perform regularly, which I love, and also make a living as an artist, which is the unicorn of the performance world. I have been teaching voice lessons for three years now in a number of different places. I get to sing and perform regularly. I work as a voice-over narration artist, recording books on tape and short radio commercials. I am the music director for a large youth theater program. I get to do the things I love, and I get to teach the things I love to other people.

Novi Location
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Troy Location
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4000 Livernois Rd. Troy MI 48098