Personality Test: Melinda Colaizzi
Melinda Colaizzi, a blues and rock singer and songwriter, spent time living in Los Angeles and working for industry giants like Live Nation and Universal Records. But she came back to her hometown and lives on the South Side with her husband.
Colaizzi, who goes by her stage name of “Melinda,” got the Aerosmith Endowment Award while a student of music business and vocal performance at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Last year, Colaizzi released her first full-length album, “Witness.” Later this summer, she will release her first music video for “Keeper of the Flame,” inspired by the passing of B.B. King and other blues legends. You can learn more about Colaizzi at listentomelinda.com.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
Sophia Loren (in my dreams)! I love her fearless outlook on life, classic sense of style and how proud she is of her Italian heritage.
The superpower I wish I had in real life:
The ability to cook. Ask my husband.
I’ve been using this app called Take, which easily allows me to record song ideas, which always come to me at the craziest times. If you ever run into me and I’m signing into my phone, it’s a new song idea that I had to get down immediately!
Favorite ethnic food:
That would be a close tie between Thai and Italian.
Pick one: “Veep,” “House of Cards” or “Scandal”:
None. I’m horrible at keeping up with TV shows and barely ever watch TV.
The first band I saw in concert:
The Pointer Sisters at the Civic Arena. I was 5 years old.
If I were auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
J.Lo is in no position to tell me how good of a singer I am. However, I welcome any makeup or hair tips from her.
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
One word my mother would use to describe me:
The best concert I’ve ever seen:
David Bowie at the Benedum Center
My childhood nickname:
Pick one: Pirates, Penguins, Steelers or other:
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Primanti’s with extra slaw!
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Well, I grew up in Forest Hills, so is there anything other than Vincent’s Pizza?
Best vacation ever:
Spending a few weeks in Italy visiting my family’s hometown
Top thing on my bucket list:
To spend a summer performing throughout Europe
Place I’d most like to visit:
I wish I had more time to:
Travel — I want to make memories all over the world!
I’m deathly afraid of:
Snakes. Just like Indiana Jones.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
Its growth and witnessing its rapid transformation
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
The person I’m most often mistaken for:
In high school, I was:
Friends with everybody and hated cliques — I still do!
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
The Andy Warhol Museum
If I weren’t a musician, I’d be:
An interior designer
The last book I read:
“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
Enjoying good food, wine and music with the people you love.
My personal motto:
Be real and stay true to yourself.
People would be surprised to know that I:
Once sang “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin for Mick Jagger. Definitely a memory that I’ll never forget!