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Melissa Latimer of Cortland, a small town in Central New York State, plays a wide variety of acoustic music wherever she goes. With a rustic tone and a unique but familiar sound, she shares her emotion through her music with her listeners through many different genres of covers as well as originals.
Unlike most musicians, Mel wasn't aware of her musical abilities until she was 17 years old. It was then that she first sang at an open mic held weekly in the Blue Frog Coffee House. For the first year or so her close friend and fellow musician, Bob Southworth, would play guitar for her set so she could sing a few songs. Then after about a year, she decided to pick up a guitar on her own. She started off with a few covers, but nothing much. Then the owner of the coffee shop approached Mel asking if she could host open mic for a little while. The current host was no longer available, and neither was anyone else. Only knowing a few songs, Mel was assured that it would be temporary and they would find a new host in a few weeks.
Learning a new song every week, a few weeks turned into a few months, and eventually two years.
It wasn't until Mel was 20 that she decided to leave her hometown to the beautiful and rustic city of Buffalo, NY. It was here that Mel found many open mics within a hidden, but wonderful blossoming art scene in what many people misconceived to be a dying city. Mel acquired a small gathering here by playing open mics and a few shows here and there whilst attending college. After three years of truly enjoying Buffalo, she decided to move to England. As of right now she is traveling and working on her current album in Portland, ME, "Wonderful to Miss". She will be going overseas as of January this year to start her next album and make herself known to the U.K. music scene.