Melissa was born and raised in small town Alaska, thus her connection to her community is strong and that theme runs deep through her music. With soulful vocals and a bluesy guitar style, she is constantly blending new styles to create a fresh sound. Her latest project Hope Social Club, a 6 piece group of eclectic writers and players who know how get the party started. Melissa has 3 studio albums under her belt and most recently, Hope Social Club just finished recording an album that is due out in Spring of 2017
A committed social activist, Melissa contributes her time and energy to various charitable organizations. She has performed everywhere from concert halls to prisons and from bars to classrooms, and it is always her goal to be present and let the music speak through her. In 2009 she founded the “One Soul Collective” and, along with a group of like-minded artists, traveled to facilitate workshops and concerts in places like California’s New Folsom Prison and Alaska’s own Spring Creek Prison and various events for local non-profits where she truly gets to witness to the healing power of music.
While in Alaska, her fans have had the great pleasure of hearing her open for such national acts as: The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, and Rusted Root as well as fellow Alaskan, Jewel. Her vibrant personality and passionate performances have helped her acquire an eclectic collection of fiercely loyal fans along the way.
Melissa continues to tour solo and in various incarnations of Hope Social Club, stayed tuned here for tour dates and stay in touch by joining the mailing list to get all the most up to date stories and songs.