Melissa Ivey

Melissa Ivey

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“The passion and guitar styles of Ani DiFranco mixed with the good vibes of Janis Joplin with a bit of a punk rock attitude.” HigherListening.com

Biography

It’s the voice.

Yes, there are also her Latina good looks, a Mick Jagger command of the stage, and just-turned-22 streetwise energy, but it’s the Melissa Ivey voice that is particularly memorable: sultry, self-assured, upbeat, seductive.

It’s already getting airplay. Denver’s classic rock station, KQMT, invited her into the studio, where she debuted a song written hours before. The program director was so taken by it he decided on the spot to include it in KQMT’s compilation CD. That led to a headlining slot at the CD release party, a showcase opportunity in front of Red Rocks reps who offered her a future gig there, and an invitation to write and perform a jingle for the station.

Similar opportunities happen wherever she plays. Playing at the Hard Rock Cafe during her first trip to LA, she was seen by producer Richard Bosworth (the Knack, Don Henley, Santana, the Jacksons, Kiss, Steve Perry, Neil Young, Warren Zevon) who teamed her up with Berton Averre of The Knack to co-write her next CD. She’s also in talks with members of the Delphonics, who spotted Ivey hosting a Denver open mic.

She got her start in music at nine when a musician came to her school and inspired her to take violin lessons. “Music became my release. We were always moving. Music was a constant in my life.” At 13 she picked up her mother’s bass guitar and taught herself to play. At 14, it was the electric guitar. “I was grounded for most of two years, so I had a lot of time to learn how to play.” By 15, on one of her infrequent school visits (“I spent more time leaving school than in it.”), she stumbled across a pick-up band practicing in a storage room. They formed Manic Notion, a punk band based in San Jose. Then in 2002, at age 19, she moved to Denver and her did her share of solo acoustic gigs.

By February 2005 she was touring nationally. As she told her fans at that time, “I began my journey just eight months ago by putting in my two weeks notice at my last ‘day job’ as a secretary for Superior By Design in Denver. Since then I have recorded a full length album with my band; starred in my very own live DVD; written about eight songs for the next album; trained and worked with three bass players, two guitar players, and three drummers; and toured relentlessly over the past month and a half (I did 32 shows in 45 days, endured four tow trucks and five rental cars in five days, flew over 1,600 miles in two weeks, and drove over 1,700 miles.). Didn’t see this in School of Rock, did you? But, man I love this job!”

Most recently Ivey was nominated by Westword, Colorado’s major alt-weekly, as one of the area’s best singer/songwriters and will be performing at the upcoming awards showcase.

Plans are also in the works for a national bus tour (in a 1949 converted Greyhound) that will have Ivey and her band playing not only clubs, but also schools. It’s all part of Ivey’s bigger vision: helping kids find themselves. “I want to start a series of youth centers around the country. Music will give me the means to do so.”

CONTACT:

Samantha L. Hanson

Intrigue Entertainment, LLC
3047 Larimer Street
Suite 102
Denver, CO 80205

720-295-1724

Lyrics

Hypnotize

Written By: Melissa Ivey

Listen here and I’ll tell you no lies.
Take a back seat, pass it on…
Hypnotize yourself.
And what I'm saying is it, well is it just for you?
Don't think so hard what you’re going through.
We all been there, and have survived, that’s right!
You say you love her, but she still loves him.
The way you see it honey, you ain't never gonna win.
Unless she decides, you’re the one she wants.

But I am sitting here. I am watching you, just fall apart.
Well I am sitting here, and I am listening, to a broken heart.
To a broken heart.

Hey money maker, fast talker, I can surely tell.
That you treat yourself better than well,
And you’re loved by all, so it seems, so it seems, so it seems.
But late night in your pent house with your diamond rings,
Catch yourself thinking, “What does this mean?”
To be alone and have all these material things?

But I am sitting here. I am watching you, just fall apart.
Well I am sitting here, and I am listening, to a broken heart.

So, listen here and I'll tell you no lies…
Take a back seat, pass it on,
Unhypnotize, unhypnotize, unhypnotize…..
Yourself!!!

Gypsy

Written By: Melissa Ivey

Step up and look inside your deepest fears.
What can you hide?
The heat is rising in you.
Whoaaaa, the heat is rising in you.

I'll tell ya what ya know.
And touch your heart and you'll bear your soul.
All this before your very eyes
But if your brave to see a fate that you can't compromise.
But if your brave to see a fate that you can't compromise.

I am the one who holds the secrets of your soul.
I am the one the one you seek to answers beyond your control.
You come to me to ease the doubt inside your mind.
I am the one who holds the secrets of your soul
I am the Gypsy… but your fate I can’t control.

I've roamed across the lands, bathed in the seas adorned with beads.
The heat is rising in you
Whoaaaa, the heat is rising in you.

I am the one who holds the secrets of your soul.
I am the one the one you seek to answers beyond your control.
You come to me to ease the doubt inside your mind.
I am the one who holds the secrets of your soul
I am the Gypsy… and your future has been told.

Anything

Written By: Melissa Ivey

When you’re with her are you thinking of me?
Like when I'm alone and I'm thinking of you.
We never really talked about anything.
But still we managed to say what matters most.

But I don't want to have to wait for you.
I'm not saying that it's now or never, oh baby choose.

Cuz, I would be your anything, I will take what I can get.
I would be your anything, forever or a moment.

As I lay me down to sleep,
I can't help but dream that you were next to me.
The conditions of my love are few, so few.
To play our music and be true.

But I don't want to have to wait for you.
I'm not saying that it's now or never, oh baby choose.
I would be your anything. I will take what I can get.
I would be your everything, forever or a moment.

Anything, anything , anything
Your anything anything anything
Everything everytihing everything.

But I don't want to have to wait for you.
I'm not saying that it's now or never, oh baby choose.
I would be your anything. I will take what I can get.
I would be your everything, forever or a moment.

Discography

"Carpe Diem"*** live cut released on 99.5 KQMT Mountain Homegrown compilation CD (released April 2005)

"From The Inside Out" Studio CD (released March 2005)

"Live From The Gothic" DVD from live performance in October 2004 (release December 2004)