Thursday, May 28, after a long battle with cancer, legendary SOUL/R&B/BLUES Singer/Songwriter/Musician MEL WAITERS passed away at the age of 58.
MEL WAITERS was born and raised in SAN ANTONIO, TX, where beginning in the 1970s, he honed his powerful voice in both the church choir and in nightclubs.
He worked as a radio DJ and as an entertainer on military bases, drumming in cover bands at teen clubs under government contract.
NOLA reports his debut album, I'm SERIOUS, which included the regional hit, HIT IT And QUIT IT, was released in 1995 on the Baton Rouge record label, SERIOUS SOUND.
It established his modern soul blues sound, singing about romance and revelry – often with a saucy sense of humor – over synthesizers, bass and sultry horns.
In a 2013 interview, MEL WAITERS credited the New Orleans music impresario and former Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns vocalist BOBBY MARCHAN with bringing the single to radio and helping to launch his solo career.
Soon after, he signed to the Waldoxy imprint of the Jackson, Miss.-based Malaco Records, joining Southern soul blues artists such as DENISE LaSALLE, MARCIN SEASE, and WILLIE CLAYTON.
He performed often on blues cruises, on package tours and at festivals, including the BIG EASY BLUES FEST and the CRESCENT CITY BLUES And BBQ FESTIVAL
His most recent album was TRUE LOVE, on his own record label, BRITTNEY RECORDS.
He is survived by his wife, PORTIA, and a daughter, BRITTNEY, for whom Brittney Records is named.
We offer PRAYERS, LOVE, BLESSINGS, And HUGS to ALL of the surviving family of MEL WAITERS.
HAPPY MEL WAITERS OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY BLESSINGS;