Melissa Ellis delivers a high-energy and impeccable performance, making your event unforgettable! Melissa is available as a solo artist and as a front woman to her full blues band, Melissa Ellis & The Fellas!
Melissa Ellis is an Blues/Pop-Jazz/Southern Soul/Americana singer-musician from Tennessee that breathes life into her music with her smooth vocals and soul that are reminiscent of a time when Nina Simone and Etta James were queens. The same belting-power as Brandi Carlile and Beth Hart. Hypnotizing crowds as she croons with raw honesty like Norah Jones. Her music transcends boundaries of genre and era, bringing audiences to an stirring present-moment.
Contact her today for a quote!
Price Range: $200 and up
What to Expect
“Melissa Ellis has long been a staple of our concert music series here at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Her smooth sounds and comic wit keeps our audiences laughing and entertained. It is always our pleasure whenever we are able to get her on to one of our stages, her music fills an outdoor theater setting perfectly…blues under the stars, a perfect way to spend a summer evening.”
~Sam Hahn (Concert Producer of The Cumberland County Playhouse)
“Melissa is a top notch artist. Her soulful vocals are not to disappoint!”
~James Crowley (Studio Owner/Musician).
"Bistro 29, and I, love Melissa! Book her now. You won’t regret it!!"
~Wayne Peacock (Owner & Manager of Bistro 29)
"Heard Melissa play at the Grinderhouse Coffee shop in Crossville earlier this month. Awesome voice; very entertaining. Recommend to everyone."
~Jo Cassidy (audience member)
“The best live musical performance I ever witnessed.”
~Matt Verellan (audience member)
Melissa Ellis is a blues, pop-jazz, & blue-eyed soul artist in East Tennessee. Coined “The Southern Spitfire” as a child, Melissa Ellis lives up to the name, delivering high-energy vocal performances that leave concertgoers breathless.
Melissa found her natural talent as toddler and began singing every
opportunity she could. She performed on stage for the first time at just two
years of age. By the time she was in high school and early college, she
dominated vocal competitions, winning several awards.
In 2009, Melissa released her debut album “Melissa Benjamin”, introducing
her powerful voice to the world of bluegrass & gospel. Her single,
“Crossville,” was adopted by her hometown as the official city song. She
toured this album for a year and started working on new songs. With new
songs came a new sound that had evolved into indie and country-soul genres.
Melissa’s sophomore album, “Just Me” was released in 2011 and features
two original songs, “Southern Spitfire” & “Boy Next Door.” Notably, the
album showcases her musicianship on guitar & piano, as well as her distinct,
powerful voice that defines her art.
Currently in production for her third studio album, Rising Sun, Melissa’s latest
musical journey brings out the deep emotional sounds of blues & soul with a
touch of southern flare. Her repertoire includes several of her own songs
mixed with re-imaginings of classic standards that are instantly familiar but
presented in a fresh new ways.
Past Booked Events
|December 19, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ The Palace Theater|
|December 13, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|November 08, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|October 20, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|October 11, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|October 10, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|October 06, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|September 19, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|September 13, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|August 29, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|August 25, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ The Palace Theater|
|August 09, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|July 25, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|July 12, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|July 02, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ The Cumberland County Playhouse|
|June 24, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Event|
|June 24, 2017 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Melissa Ellis @ Hwy 111 Flea Market|
|June 14, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|June 06, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|May 27, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Event|
|May 16, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ Spike's Sports Grille|
|May 10, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|May 06, 2017 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Melissa Ellis @ Hwy 111 Flea Market|
|April 12, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|March 31, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Private Event|
|March 18, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Melissa Ellis @ West Avenue Bar & Grill|
|March 08, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private Event|
|March 06, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Private Event|
Influences & Inspiration
Brandi Carlile, Beth Hart, Dusty Springfield, Norah Jones, Nina Simone, Etta James, Mindy Smith.
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