Melissa Rapp

Melissa Rapp

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Melodic pop from a soulful singer-songwriter, as heard on KFOG and KCRW. Combining warm musicality and vocals akin to Fiona Apple or Norah Jones, with the roots vibe of Ben Harper.

Biography

For her latest release San Francisco based Melissa Rapp (vocals, guitar, keys) teamed up with Bay Area producer/bassist Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Paula Cole) to record "The Other Side," to be released this fall. One listen to the title track and you are hooked--part velvet, part grit, Melissa's voice has a quality to it that penetrates.

The upcoming album showcases Melissa's voice matched with an engrossing production vibe. Evans took a minimalist approach to highlight the strong songwriting. Featured musicians include keyboardist Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Dar Williams) and drummer Allison Miller (Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco).

Melissa's live stage presence is spellbinding, and has led her to showcase at Austin's South-by-Southwest festival for the past two years, as well as headline such events as San Francisco's Union Street Festival and the Solano County Fair (opening for Gladys Knight). She's shared the stage with national acts such as ALO, Chuck Prophet, and Sara Bareilles, and been featured on San Francisco's trendsetter radio stations, including KFOG 104.5 and KUSF 90.3.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Melissa grew up playing piano and discovered songwriting in high school, when the lively Mr. Troutner (her choir director) offered a free after-school guitar lesson for anyone interested. He told the group to pick up some Fender thins and get going with a few basic chords. Melissa went straight home afterwards. With her borrowed pick in hand, she snuck into her stepdad's closet to borrow his dusty classical guitar. Sitting in the grass in the front yard, she wrote her first song.

A brilliant combination...of pure lack of inhibition paired with an adorable shyness...Melissa looks forward to sharing her live show and debut album with the world. The songs and vibe will ring true for many, as they are inspired by universal wonders and experience--ocean and rivers, fire and wind, new love, broken love, simple love...lies, loss, death, pain, and forgiveness.

Lyrics

The Other Side

Written By: Melissa Rapp

Do you see the same moon that I see
Are the skies clear where you sleep, are you sleeping

September winds come through, summer’s ending
It’s getting cold in my room tonight, wish you were here
To hold me

CHORUS
When you see me on the other line, don’t forget to answer me
You’re so far away this time, don’t forget to answer me
So when I close my eyes
You’re right there on the other side, the other side of the line

I miss your lips on my back, wish you were here
I will sing myself to sleep, wish you were here
To sing to me

CHORUS

I tuck myself in, turn out the lights
Open the window to stare at the sky
I count the days, I count the night
Till I won’t have to say goodbye.

CHORUS

Discography

The Other Side (2009)

Set List

Grounded
List
My Ghosts
Not Ordinary
In Remembrance
Jersey Song
No Resisting You
Circles
For You
Mercy
In Your Wake
Heads or Tails
Other Side