Nicknames: "The performer," "The energy," "The room changer" / Age: 30 / Favorite song to perform: "You and I" by Lady GaGa / Favorite artist: Alicia Keys On a recent night, Melia Tucker steps out from behind the piano and walks to center stage, bending down and getting ready to belt out the high C in Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." "The scars of your love / They leave me breathless / I can't help feeling / We could have had it all." Leaning back, eyes closed, Tucker holds the last note for several seconds. The crowd goes wild. It's no surprise they call her the room changer. Before joining the band at Howl at the Moon, Tucker was working in real estate. She came to the club for a friend's 30th birthday, and a friend paid to have her perform on stage. After belting out Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" on stage with the rest of the crew, Tucker was offered an audition. She got the job, and moved from Mount Joy, Pa., to Baltimore. At first, Tucker was a part-time performer working only as a singer. Having never performed before, there were a few surprises. "I wasn't prepared for dealing with as many drunk people as there were," she said. "I really didn't understand the gig. ... I just thought it was awesome." To get a full-time position, she had to learn piano. She learned enough chords in a year to land a full-time spot. "I going to do this for as long as I can," she said. "This is awesome. Why would I leave?"
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo
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