Nacho Melus is a singer and actor, born in Barcelona May, 25th 1986. He is known for his performances in various musical theatre productions, including Ojos verdes, Miguel de Molina in memoriam, Le llaman Copla, La vida de Lorca, and Classic Cole Porter, with which he has toured around Spain. After he finished his studies in Conservatorio Superior del Liceo (classical), Taller de Músics (modern) and Escola Memory de Barcelona (Musical Theatre), he decided to combine his work as a performer with teaching. He has been a regular voice and acting teacher in Escola Memory (one of the best musical theatre schools in Spain) and has recently inaugurated his own private vocal studio called Espai de Cant.
The last few years, however, has focused his voice and talent primarily towards singing and teaching Gospel music, which is another one of his passions. He currently conducts “The Beating Souls”, and gives multiple workshops specialized in vocal technique, rhythm and gospel-flamenco fusion.
GTM Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing short-term music mission teams to share the Gospel, allowed him to travel around the United States for 3 months. There he had the opportunity to give flamenco-gospel workshops in Chicago, New York and Atlanta, and to collaborate with the “Gospel Music Performance Major” at Nyack College University in NYC. During this wonderful experience, he was able to meet and learn from well-known international Gospel artists such as John P.Kee, Smokie Norful, Zebullon Ellis, Greg Kirkland Jr., Martin Luther King Gospel Choir, Tony Tidwell, Walt Whitman, Bernard William, Anthony Morgan and Davell Crawford, with whom he performed at the Apollo Theatre for the Jazz Foundation of America’s 15th Annual “A Great Night in Harlem”.
He has been a member of different gospel choirs such as Barcelona Gospel Messengers, Jamboree Gospel Singers and Gospel5, all of them under the direction of Ramón Escalé. With these formations he has toured around Spain and France, collaborating with well-known artists such as Lurine Cato, Daniel Bishop Thomas and The London Community Gospel Choir. He also collaborated with Ramon Escalé and other members of Barcelona Gospel Messengers to create the Messengers Gospel College; the first music school in Spain specialized in Gospel music.
The culmination of these experiences has leaded him to wear yet another hat, and has most recently recorded his second solo album Heaven & Earth, a creation of 11 original songs that mix Flamenco and Gospel sounds inspired by his late travels in the United States, and his family’s southern Spanish flamenco roots.
Based on the research with a mixed choir of nine voices, different percussion instruments, an electric bass and a Spanish guitar, he now presents us the results of the common ground that both genres share: rhythm, passion, spirituality, gut… to take us on a trip with a renewed sound fruit of the shared essence.
Nacho Melús wrote and recorded his first solo album A Little Bit of Soul by the end of 2015 at Medusa Studios in Barcelona. It was produced by Roger Rodés, who has also worked with well-known artists such as Depedro, Bebe, Jorge Drexler, Najwa Nimri and Manu Guix. The album is a unique collection of original music that finds its roots in traditional African music, combining tastes of Jazz, Soul, Funk and Gospel.
Now he repeats experience again putting himself in Roger Rodés’s hands, this time accompanied by the talented and versatile guitarist Pau Figueres, Heaven & Earth’s producer and arranger. The album is expected to be released during 2019.