Melanie Nyema is one of Taylor's back up singers, having first appeared with Taylor on the 2012 MTV VMAs. She is from La Mirada, California, and attended Southern California University. She worked as a backup singer for Taylor Hicks and also did some work with Barry Manilow. Additionally, she auditioned for American Idol during Season 7. Not only is Melanie a singer, but she also does choreography/is a dancer for Taylor.