Melissa Axel
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Melissa Axel

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Approachable even to someone without a broken heart …"

Like so many music makers before her, Axel has found heartbreak to be a seemingly inexhaustible muse. - Nathan Harper, Scene Magazine

"An interesting and pleasant voice that is deep and full, with a lot of implied strength ..."

There's no breathy pop maven quality here, but a sound reminiscent of earth and nature. Consequently Axel puts the listener instantly at ease. - Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World

"Eloquently put, extremely well recorded, remarkable craft …"

[Axel's] music is very beautiful, very well written. Arrangements are appropriate and well timed and layered, not predictable or clichéd. Her influences are detectable but not overt. We will hear work from this artist well into the future. - Michael Dilliott, CD Baby

"Poignant songs with some deep and relevant social commentary."

Nice mix of instrumental songs also available. - Gavin Molton, Into Music

"Axel's music is lovely and has a lot of substance …"

… wonderful lyrics, superlative piano playing, a sweet voice and an eclectic approach to songwriting … would love to hear a full length from Axel soon. - Anna Maria Stjärnell, Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music

"Axel eschews meandering diary-pop for well structured compositions …"

… contemplative piano songs and instrumentals show the influence of jazz—a solid debut, look forward to hearing Axel develop her craft. - Jim Santo, Demo Universe

"The depth of [Axel's] voice gives her lyrics emotional strength."

She builds images that you can see and relate to. The piano notes make them even more colorful … in each and every [song] you will find a deep story of life, full of joy, sadness, disappointment, love. - Suzi Brathwaite, Muzik Reviewz

"Heartbreak, hope and transformation distilled through gorgeous piano and a fearlessly intimate vocal."

Candid songs about how we experience love. - John Common, Free School Records

"Really beautiful, love the experimental stuff going on throughout with the vocals and other instruments—great beats/grooves and piano hooks throughout."

"Out Of Nowhere" is a gorgeous song, really like the epic feel of it, spoken parts, awesome jazzy melodies. - Jonny Forbin, CD Baby


2011 – LOVE . HUMANITY . METAMORPHOSIS LP (releases 9.20.11)
2009 – Transition EP
2005 – nophi presents compilation three ("Rewind Reset" with r_garcia)
2005 – Nophi Presents DO:NATION Volume 1 ("Disappointment")
2005 – The Human Adventure Original Cast Highlights
2003 – Free Time EP
2001 – September Rising benefit compilation ("The Worth Of Things [instrumental]" & vocals on "The View" by Hiroaki Honshuku)



At just eight years of age, Melissa Axel was writing songs about the bittersweet journey of life, love, struggle, and inspiration—and not much has changed since. The piano-driven storyteller studied at Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music and went on to earn her master's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University. Since then, she was twice awarded scholarships to participate in songwriting and world music workshops hosted in the UK by the WOMAD Foundation (World of Music, Arts and Dance) created by Peter Gabriel in 1980.

Through WOMAD, Axel has shared the stage with Gabriel collaborators N'Faly Kouyaté, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, and Andy White, and she co-wrote the song "Every Place Is Home" with White and fellow Colorado musician James Jacoby. Often accompanied by Jacoby on tuba, Axel has performed everywhere from the South Florida heat to the cool of Iceland, the frenzy of New York to the peaceful Swedish seaside, in the Rocky Mountains and the heart of Denver, where she makes her home.

LOVE . HUMANITY . METAMORPHOSIS represents an expansive leap forward from Axel's pensive 5-song EP Transition. Produced by Justin Peacock (Indigo Girls, Colorado Symphony), the record features a wealth of talent, including Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, Mackenzie Gault of Flobots, and string arrangements by award-winning composers Matthew Nicholl and Kailin Yong.

Powerful yet subtle, comforting yet complex, this music gives voice to the diverse emotional spectrum connecting us all.

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Connection, empowerment, catharsis. This is the power of honest music. Whether it comes from my life or what I see others go through, I want to sing the unspoken. The hard stuff. The little stuff. The true beauty.

My goal—as an artist, as a songwriter, as a singer, as a person—is resonance. Touch and be touched. Move and be moved.

Music, at its very core, is a conversation. Are you listening?