Music Biography

Maylene Slater-Burns is a singer-songwriter from the north-west suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria on Kulin lands. The land of the gunung willam balluk people, where the Hunter family had a strong presence in the local area; Broadmeadows, Meadow Heights, Coolaroo and Roxburgh Park.

Graduating from Roxburgh College in 2007, Maylene blossomed in to a strong singer-songwriter from the age of 15 in her Year 10 music class led by Claudia Mameli.

In 2006, with the passing of her Pop, Thomas Henry Slater, Maylene poured her grief in to music and wrote her first original song, ‘Never Say Never’ and began performing it live during the same year.

As each passing day seems to get longer, and you can’t seem to find a way to mend the heartache. People are telling you to stand up, but nothing can erase it – it ain’t easy to forget so you just write it on the wall. Then you hear the words of the wise ones. And they say… never say never…”

Lyrics to ‘Never Say Never’ (2006) Maylene, kutjun gulu (morning star)

In 2009, Maylene enrolled at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide and was a lead singer in the CASM band, Proppa Soul.

University band, Proppa Soul at Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music, Adelaide, 2009.

When returning to Melbourne, Maylene joined the Skin Choir facilitated by Jessie Lloyd and Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation.

Maylene began live music performances and song-writing before launching a career within the Melbourne music industry scene.

Maylene has performed at venues such as The Tote, Bella Union, The Merri Clan, Northcote Social Club, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens, Melbourne’s prestigious Arts Centre and Hamer Hall, Federation Square and Melbourne Museum.

Growing, learning and loving the journey toward healing, Maylene writes to unite her brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours and community members in the walk for justice against oppression for overall Soul and Spirit revival.

In 2019, Maylene looks forward to releasing her first album and book hoping to inspire the next generation of love seekers, change-makers and big picture planners. This is the revolution.

Important Acknowledgments:
I’d like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which I live, the Kulin Nation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from our many nations and all First Nations people whose culture and songline is thriving today, in and across the world.

ABN 32 828 574 289 © Maylene Slater-Burns

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