Melissa McCready

Melissa McCready

BandFolkAcoustic

Melissa comes alive on stage, filling the room with her powerful voice, and percussive guitar work. Her inspiration can be found in the people that surround her, and she is driven by the world around her.

Biography

A life is like a piece of paper in which every person along the way leaves a mark – This Chinese Proverb describes Melissa’s song writing inspiration and style. Inspired by those around her, Melissa is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and a gifted songwriter. She states “My main instrument is my voice”. She has played numerous venues in both Ontario and British Columbia and has won several awards along the way. She fronted the acclaimed band Karma in London, Ontario. Her main focus is to concentrate on a melodic acoustic solo style.

Melissa has been playing guitar for twelve years, and was trained at The Ontario Conservatory of Music. As a child, she was focused on her voice at St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra School.

By the age of fourteen, Melissa was playing in her first band Karma, which played at several local clubs and high school events. In their brief four-year history, Karma’s accomplishments included the first place standing in “ROR Concerts Battle of the Bands” in 1997, held at the Embassy Hotel in London, Ontario. This gave the band an opportunity to record at Orbiter Studios in Toronto, Ontario. At that session, Melissa’s song “Real Disguise” was recorded and included on PIA Records 1997 compilation CD “Rising Indies”.

Since Karma, Melissa’s style has matured into a rhythmic driven, melodic, acoustic style. She has appeared at various clubs in London Ontario, including The Embassy Hotel, The Whippet Lounge and the Coffee Grind.

In July of 1999, she relocated to Vancouver to pursue her music career. Since arriving, she has been promoting her music through street performances, and live shows. She has played in such venues as Miss T’s, The Media Club, Silvertone Tavern and The Vancouver Rowing Club. Her move helped her find Tera Vickers, who became a valuable song-writing partner.

Using the tools she gained while enrolled in the Music Business Administration Program at Trebas Institute, she is now working to expand her audience independently, and release her debut CD entitled “The Paradox project”.

Lyrics

Shifty Eyes

Written By: Melissa McCready

The calm after the storm
Is where I felt my fear
When the demons came pouring out
I wish I had a mirror
Your shouting turned to pushing
Turned to nailing what you felt
Was the reason you were losing
What your own fire would melt

I hope that when we’re gone
You will see what you have done
And the torture you’re going through
Is over before long

Your dishonesty burns
Speaking in tongues you turn
And walk away
With your shifty eyes
Your mouth full of lies you say
Go away
Go away
Go away

I’ve lost all perspective
What has happened and what I’ve dreamed
Tonight, I don’t know
Nothing is as it seems
Speak softly he might hear
Walk slowly out of fear

Your dishonesty burns
Speaking in tongues you turn
And walk away
With your shifty eyes
Your mouth full of lies you say
Go away
And what drives a man
To do it again and again until
You walk away
It's reached the bitter end
And I know your soul won't mend today
So I'll walk away
I'll walk away
I'll walk away
I'll walk away
I'll walk away
I'll walk away

I hope that when we're gone
You will see what you have done
And the torture you're going through
Is over before long

Set List

I can put together set lists for any length of time up to 2 hours. Below I have listed the songs that I usually include in my set.

Originals:
Breakdown
Shifty Eyes
Real Disguise
Running Through
Value of Faces
Scapegoat
Circles
Truth
Quiet Place
Empty Cries
Freely Imprisoned
Drift
Weightless

Covers:
Holly McNarland - Numb
Ani Difranco - Shy
Janis Joplin - Bobby McGee
Four Non Blonds - What's up
Soul Asylem - Run Away Train
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
K's Choice - Not An Addict
Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Seven Mary Three - Mean Mr. Mustard