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melissa moshe

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Solo Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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Melissa Moshe’s songs are poetry. There simply is no other way to describe her songwriting. Her music digs deep into the soul of the listener; forcing them to look inward and analyze their lives. I listened to her Cd several times and the more I listened, the more I found that her music was relatable to a broad audience. She sings of love, loss and inward searching and yearning. The music is always arranged perfectly and her vocals though poignant and many times heartbreakingly real have a soul that transcends what most people think an Indie Folk Musician should be. Folk music is meant to make a person reflect; Melissa does that with near perfection. As I listened over and over, I found myself flashing back to times in my life; heartbreak and all. The Cello music played on various songs by Hope Easton and Adrienne Woods, add a touch that draws the discerning taste of a music lover in; while Melissa sings in her pitch perfect voice. Though every song on her Cd is worth a mention; “Suburbia” hits home for those stuck between their lives inside and outside their careers, and yearning to be someplace quiet for a change. Her 1st track song “Small World for Left Hands” ponders what your life would be like if you chose one decision rather than the other and makes you want to ponder whether you had made the right moves and actions in your own life, do we ever know if the twists and turns we took in our lives from our own free will are ever right? I am not sure, but she brings what we all think to the forefront. In “Time or Place” She sings of what seems to be a lost love, and how she wants that person in her life forever. The yearning for a lost or relationship that never quite hit its stride love lingers deep into a person’s psyche. Every song is worth a listen; especially for those into deep contemplation of where their lives are now and where they were. - Christi Broekemeier


November 2008 Issue.

Those of us who are left-handed may feel a resonance with Melissa Moshe's 'Small World for Left Hands'. The constant need to improvise in a world designed for right-handers gives us a special appreciation for Moshe's offbeat lyrics and unusual arrangements. But even the right-handed majority will be impressed by the debut from this L.A. artist.

The album features fresh arrangements with plenty of cello, often set in an eerily high register. Standard topics of love and regret are interspersed with spunky tunes like "Ugly", "Not That Day" and "Suburbia" - a tongue-in-cheek tribute to TiVo, strip malls and "standardized coffee."

You don't have to be left-handed to enjoy Moshe's "Small World" - just be ready for a new way of looking at the world.

- Mare Wakefield


Moshé aims for a spare, unadorned presentation, with just guitar and sometimes cello accompanying her vocals, and it works well as her voice exudes warmth and smarts. "Ugly" is our favorite tune, with its satisfying melodic progression and straightforward, even homespun, arrangement. "Time or Place" pleases with its vocal harmonies, while "Suburbia" misfires due to its obvious lyrics. Blessed with an appealing voice, Moshé still needs to develop a sound that has more overall impact than these undercooked recordings.

7 out of 10 - music connection


"Singer/songwriter meets indie-cello folk rock" is the description given by Melissa Moshe of her first full-length album since separating in 2005 from the duo Table Twelve. The album features Moshe's beautiful, soulful voice and plenty of cello. Standard topics of love and regret in "Ugly," a heart-breaking song that laments the ending and general disappointment of a relationship, are blended with satirical songs like "Suburbia" which light-heartedly mocks TiVo, strip malls and standardized coffee. The album has an overall melancholy vibe that is mastered sweetly by the combination of Moshe's vocals and cellist Adrienne Woods' notable contributions on "Ugly" and "Other Side".

- Angelica Bonomo


Still working on that hot first release.



It all began when a cocktail waitress and a bar back realized they had more in common than just drinking. Melissa Mosh & Tom Mandulak met as co-workers in 2002 at a bar in the East Village of New York City. Tom had just started playing cello and Melissa had casually written a couple of songs - so it seemed completely reasonable that they start a band. They named it Table Twelve to pay homage to their "careers" in the service industry. They performed all over the city - including the "summer subway tour" which was Melissa's brilliant idea to perform at various subway stops throughout downtown Manhattan - admission was the cost of a Metrocard ride.

After many years of playing together, performing, laughing and fighting like an old married couple Melissa & Tom were forced to separate due to geographical differences - Tom still resides in New York City and in late September 2005 Melissa returned home to Los Angeles. Melissa then teamed up with Marika Tjelios (Producer of Melissa Ferrick) and in 2008, their collaboration yielded Melissas debut album titled "small world for left hands".

In September 2012, Melissa completed her second full-length album titled The Mortar That Binds Us. with David Williams (Producer of Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters). Although Melissa was still obsessed with the cello, she branched out on this album using a variety of instrumentation to include banjo, tuba, mandolin, handclaps, snaps and other fun stuff.

Over this past year, Melissa collaborated with S'Von Ringo (Producer) and David Williams (Producer & Engineer) to complete a 3 song EP titled, "Mandatory Fields". We hope you enjoy it!

Check out the new MUSIC VIDEO at or

Also - 'suburbia' is placed on a compilation which is being reviewd by ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE next month. you can write your own review if you follow this link. . .

look for reviews of 'small world for left hands' in the November 2008 issues of PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE and MUSIC CONNECTION.

'Time or Place' will be on Season 7, Episode 10 of the
documentary TV series Roadtrip Nation airing on PBS Fall 2010.

to see footage of the record release performance at the whisky please go to

'Not That Day' will be played on the AMERICAN AIRLINES in-flight radio station for the entire month of January 2009.

**mini east coast tour - fall 2008- dates posted soon**

3/30/11 :: i just launched my first kickstarter project!! i'm really excited (and a little nervous). check it out and let me know what you think!

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