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Melissa Ellis possesses a voice and style that is unmatched by any other. A vocal power that packs a serious punch, add in her opulent tone and texture reminiscent of jazz’s golden age, her distinctive raw bluesy growl, and emotion-driven delivery, she has concocted an unforgettable signature blend of blues, jazz, and blue-eyed soul. Many have referred to her sound as the marriage of 2 classic queens, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, with a hint of modern talent’s, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, and Sarah Bareilles. Delivering high-energy vocal performances, concertgoers are left breathless and wanting more!
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 2020 International Blues Challenge quarter finalist, having performed on Memphis’ famed Beale Street with over 200 of the greatest blues acts from all over the world!
Finding her professional start at the age of 16 in musical theater, Melissa was eventually given the opportunities to work in tours that landed her on some of the greatest world renowned stages! She studied Voice and Music Therapy at Tennessee Technological University while pursuing a singing career. In 2009 Melissa released her debut album, “Crossville”, lending her seasoned talent to the world of bluegrass & gospel. Her original title track, “Crossville”, was adopted by her hometown of Crossville, TN as the official city song. From there, she found new inspiration and started writing more original songs. With new songs came a new sound that evolved into a more soulful genre. Melissa’s sophomore album, “Just Me”, was released in 2011 and as a multi-instrumentalist, the album showcased her musicianship on guitar and piano, as well as more of her original material.
Melissa’s latest musical journey brings out the raw emotional sounds of blues & her training in jazz. Notably, in 2018 Melissa landed the opportunity to perform during Nashville’s acclaimed CMAfest—her soulful style among the sea of rising country twang. In 2019 Melissa released singles of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the Christmas classic, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Melissa Ellis possesses a voice and style that is unmatched by any other. A vocal power that packs a serious punch, add in her opulent tone and texture reminiscent of jazz’s golden age, her distinctive growl of the blues, and soulful delivery, she has concocted an unforgettable signature blend of blues, jazz, and blue-eyed soul. Her spicy southern drawl is only the cherry on top.
Additional Booking Notes
Artist can provide sound equipment: sound board, 2 speakers, 2 speaker stands, and two monitors.
Artist can bring her own instruments: Yamaha CP300 88-key keyboard, Epiphone Jumbo (EJ-200) Acoustic/Electric, and 1-2 Blue Encore 300 condenser microphone(s).
Artist REQUIRES 2 power outlets for 3-pronged power sources within a 15 foot distance. Artist can supply extension cords as well as power strips/surge protectors.
Artist (as a soloist) REQUIRES AT MINIMUM 8’ deep x 10’ wide space /stage for performance. Full Band REQUIRES AT MINIMUM 16’ deep x 20’ wide stage.
If sound equipment is provided by the venue Artist REQUIRES two 1/4” cords, up to two 15’ mic cords (dependent on client’s needs), up to two boom mic stands, condenser vocal microphone—Shure SM58 or Blue Encore 300 is preferred but not required.
In case of outdoor performance/venue, Artist REQUIRES a contingency plan to move indoors in case of inclement weather or predicted inclement weather due to safety and protection of equipment. Inclement weather can be defined as rain (within 24 hours prior, and forecasted within an hour before, after, or during performance set), winds reaching 25mph or more, and temperatures reaching 90º and higher as well as dropping to 60º and lower.
Past Booked Events
|December 31, 2020–January 01, 2021 • 8:00pm - 12:30am||New Year's Party|
|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|
And many others., including original material.
Influences & Inspiration
Brandi Carlile, Beth Hart, Dusty Springfield, Norah Jones, Nina Simone, Etta James, Mindy Smith.
One to Two mic cables no less than 15’ each.
Two 1/4” cables (for piano & guitar)), no less that 15’ each.
One to two boom mic stands.
Condenser mics ONLY.
Artist can provide all sound equipment necessary, but venue MUST HAVE at least two electrical power sources that allow for a 3-pronged plug within 15 feet of stage area.
If power source is beyond 15 feet from stage, client MUST PROVIDE appropriate-lengthed extension cords to link power to stage area.