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The granddaughter of a vaudevillian with performers like Red Skeleton, Frankie Lang, and Betty White, she was born a singer. “I love to sing heartfelt songs,” Melissa said, who’s musical influences would be her Grandparents, Patsy Cline, Martina McBride, Judy Garland, and Julie Andrews to name a few.
She grew up with a single mother in a rural community in Virginia gave her strength and taught her to enjoy the simple things in life. Those years of early struggle would carve a place in Melissa’s personality…a place of compassion and understanding for the ordinary American working to fulfill a dream or raise a family. Her passion as a child was performing in musical theater. She was able to develop her skills as a performing artist through musical theater and extensive dance training. She would perform at local dinner theaters and dance recitals.
When it came time for college she found herself in the heart of country music in Mississippi. She spent her free time on the college dance team which led her to return home to Virginia to become an NFL cheerleader for the Washington Redskins.
In 2004 she would begin her country music journey where she recorded with Mark Oliverous Productions. Mark Oliverous is the Music Director for Lorrie Morgan. Her recordings were played in several radio venues throughout the country and recently were showcased in May 2010 at the Santa Claran Casino with the New Mexico Music Commission, Hutton
Broadcasting, and Outlaw Country Radio 107.5 FM.
Currently, Melissa Coffey is working with an Independent record label Aaron Records outside Nashville with Jim Case and is planning to release a new album with Aaron Records in the Spring 2012 followed by a showcase for music industry professionals in Nashville. She also has been aired on the radio worldwide since May 2011 with the Bill Rainey Nu County Show on the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network. Currently studying at Juilliard in NYC and co-writing songs to record this summer.
Spending time with Melissa is to understand she has an inner light and energy that permeates her singing. Her voice is warm, soft and sincere, with lyrics that speak about the struggles and triumphs of the average human experience. Her music reflects her spirit making her a soulful artist. Melissa’s expressive vocals envelopes lyric and melody alike,
with a sincerity and warmth that holds the listener to the song. Melissa finds joy in the ability to live her dream, to perform and express her emotions as a singer that can touch other people’s hearts through music.