The English Department is happy to have Melanie Devaney (Mausser), class of ’00, as this year’s English Homecoming Breakfast speaker.
Devaney graduated from Loras with majors in English Literature and Creative Writing, and a minor in music. She put her degrees to good work by writing songs and performing them throughout the United States, but with a heavy concentration of the shows in the West and Midwest. Described by the San Diego Kensington News as “a real gem,” her music is “at times country, at times pop, she’s like a mix of Carole King and Emmy Lou Harris, with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare.”
Her music draws influences from folk, country, and rock and has led her to be both a former Colgate Country Showdown finalist and to be listed in Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 Unsigned Artists to look for in 2011.
Since 2006, Devaney has released three independent albums, the most recent of which was her 2014 release “Single Subject Notebook.” The album was produced by Grammy-nominated Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M/Willie Nelson/The Eagles/Ryan Adams/Ed Kowalczyk) and has enjoyed a heavy rotation on over 70 college stations throughout the country. Several of her songs on “Single Subject Notebook” were influenced by her experiences she had as a rural Iowan from Epworth, Iowa living in Hollywood. The album also includes her first recorded cover song of The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Join the English Department in welcoming Devaney at the 2015 English Homecoming Breakfast.