Taylor Raphel Stellar at Star City

***Update: Due to personal reasons Nel Hoon is no longer associated with Taylor, and Raphel’s up and coming debut album titled Shannon has been postponed indefinitely.

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (October 22, 2018) – Star City Coffee & Ale House recently welcomed a stellar performance from one of Lafayette’s newest sensations. That phenomenal set came from musical starlet Taylor Raphel, and it’s easy to see that her sparkle and talents are as rare as Halley’s Comet. She lit up the small venue like a field of lightning bugs on a dark night, and her tasty musical selection was definitely the only match for Star City’s extraordinary food and brews.


Taylor played a beautiful mix of original melodies and creative covers that pleased the crowd profusely. She performed renditions of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” that left listeners reeling. Raphel’s own work resonated just as well like her vehement versions of “At the Seams” and “Break of Dawn” that jolted even the most introverted attendees out of their lifelong laptop fortresses if only for a song. Then, in the eleventh hour, a special surprise manifested in the form of the super skilled Cory Hunter hopping up with Taylor for some heavenly harmonies on The Beatles’ “My Guitar Gently Weeps“.


The atmosphere was alight with glee all night as onlookers ate phenomenal Star City specialties, enjoyed divine drinks, and washed it all down smoothly with Raphel’s awe inducing anthems. Consequently, the time for the doors to close came around, but it was infinitely sad to see the set come to an end. Fortunately, though, greatness recognizes greatness, and the brilliant minds at Star City have granted the floor to Raphel every Monday evening for the foreseeable future, so Taylor will be back before we know it, and crooning with all her might in just the blink of an eye.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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