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Melissa Mitchell / Press

“It is the eighth year that the Rasmuson Foundation has presented awards to Alaska artists. Over that time, a total of $1.7 million has been given in the form of 230 individual grants. Other recipients of awards, many of whom were present on Wednesday, were also named. They represent disciplines ranging from filmmaking and visual arts to writing, music and traditional arts. Most had firm plans about how they intend to spend the money. Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/05/18/1869413/ketchikan-artist-troll-receives.html#ixzz1MwIYQLsN ”

“WASILLA — In less than 24 hours, Colony Middle School staff were able to snap pictures of just about every student holding up a sign they believed represented their best trait or characteristic. They saw themselves as happy, athletic, fun, fantastic, kind-hearted, funny, gorgeous, humble, an accomplished musician and a myriad of other positive descriptors. The photos were compiled into a 15-minute slideshow collage at the end of the school’s second annual “Stand Against Racism” assembly Friday. The crowd of Knights, decorated in flamboyantly fun greens and golds for Spirit Day, erupted in hoots and hollers for Shaw before hearing adult spoken word artists Corinna Delgado and Kima Hamilton share their own creations and welcoming singer/songwriter Melissa Mitchell to the floor. Mitchell, who resembles Melissa Etheridge in style and passion, had nearly the entire room singing and swaying their arms above their heads to the rhythmic chant “We are love.” ”

"She's a soul-fire supernova"

Kliff Hopson - www.MelissaMitchell.org

"As I traveled around Alaska late summer I managed to see a few bands and photograph some shows. I am a huge fan of singer/songwriters who are creating unique music all their own. To this end I only purchased one CD and that was Melissa Mitchell's "Alma".

"Melissa's talent is unavoidable, her music turns your head and pulls you in."