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Melissa Gibson


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"Her resounding sense of self allows her to tear her heart out on much of the album, generating thoughts and memories her listeners may have thought long forgotten." - Nikki Tranter


Welcome To Stay is one of those albums that treads overtly familiar paths, but is just about impossible to dislike. Melissa Gibson's singer-songwriter folk is upbeat and sunny, with a thin string of weary-eyed melancholy running throughout. The album's general tone is positive and uplifting, underlined by her warm, laid-back voice and beautifully subdued playing. Bringing to mind performers like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Marc Cohn, Gibson makes no claims of uniqueness, but her everyday tales of self-assertion and quiet faith are wonderfully bighearted. Gibson is a mature, modest and confident artist who doesn't need to push her talent up your nose to be heard and recognized. A quiet victory. - Stein Haukland


It's as a songwriter that Gibson really shines, though. This disc is an A&R man's dream. There's not a label around that doesn't have a stable full of fine singers in search of fine songs, and there are fine songs to spare on Welcome To Stay. They're the kind of songs you want to play over and over so you can learn the words and sing along, because she tells the kinds of stories that touch just about everybody's life in some way. Melissa Gibson writes "I wish I'd said that!" songs, which are the very best kind of all, and she writes them very well.

She writes them so well, in fact, that you're likely to hear the songs before you hear the singer, unless you do the smart thing and hear her tell her stories in the first-person by tracking down your own copy of Welcome To Stay.
- Shaun Dale

"Impact Press"

This is very mainstream adult pop stuff with solid female vocals and a reassuring sense with each track. I think the light rock stations would eat this up. - Craig Mazer


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, clips found on
Radio airplay for "Welcome To Stay" found on independent radio stations throughout the United States and many internet portals.


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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.