Melissa Gibson

Melissa Gibson

BandCountryFolk

Folk/pop/country mix of insightful lyrics and capturing melodies delivered with rich, warm, soothing vocals. *Now working with Publicist, Dawn Kamerling from The Press House*

Biography

From the moment singer/songwriter Melissa Gibson begins, chances are you won’t want to be anywhere else. She charmed audiences with her debut CD, “Lighthouse Point” in 1999, followed by her critically acclaimed album “Welcome To Stay” in 2003. In 2005, she gained more accolades by releasing an album of her interpretation of other songwriters' works with “Under Their Influence” and is back again releasing, “In Your Corner,” in July 2006.

Influenced by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marc Cohn and Joni Mitchell, singer/songwriter Melissa Gibson's music combines remarkable insight with sensitive depictions of emotion, all encompassed by her signature full-bodied country/folk flavor.

A native New Englander, Melissa first immersed herself in the Nashville music scene in 1996 after obtaining her degree from St. Lawrence University. She studied piano and voice in her early years and later concentrated on the guitar. She emerged from those studies as an incredible songwriter with a vocal ability that is second to none, whom both the country and folk genres have embraced.

Melissa has independently released three full-length albums beginning in 1999 with "Lighthouse Point" marking her debut. Among many other critically acclaimed noteworthy tracks, it contains the hauntingly beautiful “Just Breathe.”

In 2003, Melissa’s second album, "Welcome To Stay" hit the shelves which indeed proved that Melissa was here to stay showcasing songs ranging from the catchy “Miles To Go” to the tender lullaby “Sleep Well Tonight.”

Together with her longtime producer, Vaughn Lofstead, Melissa completed a cover album entitled, "Under Their Influence" which was released in December 2005. While it contains such classic hits as Carole King’s “Where You Lead,” Carly Simon’s “Anticipation” and John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” the album also includes lesser known gems, some that have never before been recorded.

“This album was such an honor to make. We worked diligently at approaching the songs a little differently, while still respecting the original recording that made each one so fantastic. While I recognize that there is great risk in covering well-known songs, I decided to operate under the pretense that such amazing songs should be sung by as many people as possible. This album also afforded me the opportunity to include a couple of songs that struck me with such force the first time I heard them, that I'm not sure I've recovered yet. They are so beautiful and so well-crafted that it was an extremely humbling experience to try to give them the voice I felt they deserved," says Melissa.

Never letting grass grow beneath her feet, Melissa is due to release her fourth album, “In Your Corner,” in July 2006. The album, of all original compositions, is a natural extension of this very talented songwriter. The infectious melodies along with Melissa’s enrapturing voice continue to allure while her lyrics speak poetically about life without wallowing in the blues.

"While, of course, your experiences are always your own, and you go through those experiences and emotions by yourself - no matter how many people are around you at the time, I’ve tried to embrace the fact that while all that is true, it isn’t necessarily a negative thing. It is important to me that my music reflect that and I hope I have done so with each of my albums but especially with, In Your Corner,” explains Melissa.

Regardless of the album, rest assured that Melissa will take you on a journey with her thought- provoking collection of insightful lyrics and rich melodies in which she weaves a thread of hope, imploring the listener to persevere through life’s tribulations. Her writing exemplifies Melissa’s talented grasp of communicating real life emotions, crossing lines and barriers. Her naturally soothing, earth-toned voice shines effortlessly, whether she wrote the songs herself or is lending them her warm, rich alto voice.

Lyrics

Miles To Go

Written By: Melissa Gibson

I can't believe that I'm still here
Still standing in this spot
And after all these years
I'm looking at what I am not

But I've got a head on my shoulders
And I've got a heart that I trust
And I am praying to God above
That it's gonna be enough

And I've been so low
I've been not at my best
And I've got miles to go
Before I rest

I thought when I reached this age
I'd have it all worked out
I would fix all my mistakes
I'd know what life's about

But somehow growing older
Didn't make me more the wise
And I just found more questions
In everything I analyzed

And I've been so low
I've been not at my best
And I've got miles to go
Before I rest

I know you've felt this way too
When time's not on your side and
You've got way too much to do
And you can't tell truth from lies

So I'll keep moving on
Though I don't know how I'll do it
No matter what may come along
I'll find a way to get through it

I'll gather up my courage
Stepping one foot at a time
And I'll balance here on the edge
Trying not to lose my mind

And I've been so low
I've been not at my best
And I've got miles to go
Before I rest

So low
I've been not at my best
And I've got miles to go
Before I rest

Just Breathe

Written By: Melissa Gibson

Just breathe
Although the world feels colder
Just breathe
Feel the weight off your shoulders
You make me whole
And I won't let you go
Hold on to me
And just breathe

You spent your whole life
Mending fences
Stone by stone
You built the wall
You kept a keen eye
On all of your defenses
Chart your course
So you'll never fall

Just breathe
Know that I would never harm you
Just breathe
And let nothing else alarm you
You keep me true
And I will stay by you
Hold on to me
And just breathe

You defied
All the questions
Proving time and time
That you are strong
No one seems to pass
Your discretion
Yet you still feel right
where you belong

If it were up to me
I'd embrace all your pain away
And you'd look back
On all the barricades you've built
And you would turn to me and say

Just breathe
Although the world feels colder
Just breathe
Feel the weight off your shoulders
You make me whole
And I won't let you go
Hold on to me
And just breathe

On The Rise

Written By: Melissa Gibson

6. ON THE RISE
© Melissa Gibson / Java Joe's Music

I’ve been walking with my head tucked down
My vision falling toward the endless ground
And it’s only my mistakes I've found
When I’ve searched within

But I am learning how to redefine
In the sand I have drawn new lines
And I think that it’s just about time
To feel good again

Cause I’ve got a spring in my step
I’ve got a bounce in my stride
I’ve made it through the valley
That stretched so far, so wide
I’ve rounded the corner, I got a new sense of sight
That's looking up, yeah I'm on the rise

I’ve been suffering for quite a while
Spinning hectically on life’s turnstile
But I’m beginning to feel my smile come back to view

Because you know you will adapt when you must
Even when you’re betrayed by the ones you trust
I’ve discovered I can readjust once more

Cause I’ve got a spring in my step
I’ve got a bounce in my stride
I’ve made it through the valley
That stretched so far, so wide
I’ve rounded the corner, I got a new sense of sight
That's looking up, yeah I'm on the rise

Persevered throughout those dismal days
Finally my ship is here, it’s stocked and underway

Spring in my step
I’ve got a bounce in my stride
I’ve made it through the valley
That stretched so far, so wide
I’ve rounded the corner, I got a new sense of sight
That's looking up, yeah I'm on the rise
I’m looking up, yeah I’m on, I’m on the rise

Discography

Lighthouse Point- LP- 1999
Welcome To Stay- LP- 2003
Under Their Influence - LP - 2005 (cover cd)
In Your Corner - LP- 2006

Song - "Sleep Well Tonight" Finalist In
21st Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Streaming tracks found at website
www.melissagibson.com, clips found on CDbaby.com
Radio airplay for "Welcome To Stay" found on independent radio stations throughout the United States and many internet portals.

Set List

Typical House Concert or Acoustic Venue Set List:
1. Miles To Go
2.Welcome To Stay
3. Just Breathe
4. Falling Away
5. Table For Two
6. Let Her Go
7. City Lights
8. Shade
9. Lie To Me Tonight
10. Blue Streak
11. Smoke And Mirrors
12. Even For You
13. Leave It All To Me
14. No Room For Blue
15. OK by Me
16. Ocean View
17. The Journey
18. Turn Back Now
19. These Woods
(will occasionally put in a Rosanne Cash, John Denver, Carly Simon or Mary Chapin Carpenter cover)