Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell

 Anchorage, Alaska, USA
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"Melissa's talent is unavoidable, her music turns your head and pulls you in." soulitude.net

Biography

Inspired by personal experiences and a desire to connect with her audience, Melissa’s music combines
powerful lyrics and melodies with a soulful vocal delivery that aims straight for the heart. In the style of
Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi she approaches songwriting with honesty and a deep respect for the
craft.

"Melissa's talent is unavoidable, her music turns your head and pulls you in." --Soulitude.net

Melissa was born in Anchorage, Alaska but grew up in the small town of Kasilof. An only child, she was
raised in a musical household with a lot of love but not a lot of amenities. At a very young age she found
her first love, music. A self-proclaimed choir geek she spent most of her school days singing and writing
poetry and with a few chords learned at the age of 18 she started composing her own music and never
looked back.

Her musical journey has presented her many amazing opportunities to tour in the “Lower 48” as well as
in England, France, and Mexico after having been selected to perform at the International Guitar Festival
in Zihuatanejo. While in Alaska, her fans have had the great pleasure of hearing her open for such
national acts as, The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, and Rusted Root as well as fellow Alaskan,
Jewel. Her vibrant personality and passionate performances have helped her acquire an eclectic
collection of fiercely loyal fans along the way.

A committed social activist, Melissa contributes her time and energy to various charitable organizations.
The closest to her heart being the Arts in Corrections program at California’s New Folsom Prison where
along with a group of like-minded artists, The One Soul Collective, she travels every year to facilitate
workshops and bear witness to the healing power of music.

Melissa has worked incredibly hard at her craft during her career and while being an accomplished and
recognized musician is her aspiration, raising her daughter is her life. A strong sense of home makes
it possible for her to follow her dreams, while showing her daughter that through hard work and the
support of family and friends, anything is possible.

www.melissamitchell.org

Lyrics

Burn

Written By: Melissa Mitchell

BURN

THE FLOW HAS CHANGED DIRECTION AND WITH IT MY PERCEPTION
OF THIS RADICAL CONNECTION FOR WHICH I NO LONGER YEARN
AS I TEAR OFF THIS DISGUISE THAT WAS MEANT ONLY FOR YOUR EYES
I FIND MUCH TO MY OWN SURPRISE ALL THAT I HAVE LEARNED

ALL MY FRIENDS THEY KNOW I’M CRAZY
BUT THEY DON’T HOLD THAT AGAINST ME
THEY KNOW THEY CANNOT FENCE ME I MUST BE FREE TO FLY
ALTHOUGH MY SOUL HAS ALL THE ANSWERS
I STILL MUST ASK THE QUESTIONS
WHAT GOOD ARE MY INTENTIONS IF I NEVER EVEN TRY

SO I STARE INTO THE MIRROR NOW FROM THIS I WILL NOT TURN
I STRIKE THE MATCH AND WATCH MYSELF BURN

IN THESE MOMENTS OF FRUSTRATION
WHEN MY HEART CAN’T FEEL THE MUSIC
I MUST TURN AROUNF AND USE TO SEE CHADOWS DEEP INSIDE
BECAUSE UNDERNEATH THE SURFACE
THEY ARE MAKING THEIR ADVANCES
BUT THEY’RE RUNNING OUT OF CHANCES
AND THERE’S NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE

SO AS THIS FELLING GROWS INSIDE TO IT I MUST RETURN
I’LL STRIKE THE MATCH AND WATCH MYSELF BURN

SOMETIMES I TRY TO DENY MYSELF BUT THAT ALWAYS HURTS
SOMETIMES I THINK IT BETTER TO JUST HIDE MYSELF
AWAY FROM THE WORLD
SOMETIMES I TRY TO DEFINE MYSELF
BUT THAT NEVER WORKS

SO AS I RISE UP FROM THE ASHES OF MY SELF EMANCIPATION
I FEEL GREAT APPRECIATION FOR THE PEACE THAT I HAVE FOUND
AND I KNOW THAT IN THOSE MOMENTS WHEN I’M LOSING MY DIRECTION
I CAN TURN TO MY REFLECTION
AND SIMPLY BURN IT DOWN

I STARE INTO THE MIRROR NOW FROM THIS I WILL NOT TURN
I’LL STRIKE THE MATCH

Clarity

Written By: Melissa Mitchell

LIVING IN THIS REALITY I HAVE SEEMED TO LOST MY CLARITY
OF THE VISION AND EXACTLY WHAT MY SOUL IS DRIVEN BY
SO I ASK MY GUIDES FOR ANSWERS TO ALL MY COMLPEX QUESTIONS
AND IN AN INSTANT ALL MY DREAMS ARE CREATED IN THE SKY
IT’S NOT HARD TO UNDERSTAND THAT TRUTH IS WHAT I’M SEEKING
MY EMPTINESS IS BLEEDING INTO BOXES FULL OF LIFE
BUT I WSH IT CAME WITH QUICKNESS AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO WITNESS
HOW MY CHOICES ECHO VOICES FROM INSIDE MY HIDDEN STRIFE
FROM INSIDE MY HIDDEN LIFE
BUT I’S MY LIFE AND I DON’T CARE
I DON’T HAVE TO BE SCARED OF WHAT YOU THINK OF ME
WHAT DO I CARE WHAT YOU THINK OF ME WHEN YOU SEE INSIDE
WHAT I CANNOT HIDE HOW I REALLY FEEL
HOW DO I FEEL WHEN I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WALKING AWAY
AND I WANT YOU TO STAY BUT I TELL YOU TO GO
WHERE DO I GO WHEN I’M LOST AND I CAN’T FIND MYSELF
AND I FEEL LIKE HELL FOR ALL THE THINGS I’VE DONE
WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH ALL THESE THINGS I KEEP LOCKED AWAY
CAUSE I JUST CAN’T SAY I REALLY FEEL
HOW REAL I FEEL

Fly Away

Written By: Melissa Mitchell

I’VE BEEN SITTING HERE FOR DAYS ON END
TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
I FINALLY REALIZED THAT IT’S NOT MY FAULT
AND IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME THAT I TOOK WHATS MINE
SO I’M GETTING UP AND I’M GETTING OUT
I GOTTA FIND MYSELF A NEW EXISTANCE
CLEAR A PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
I’M GONNA FLY AWAY
YOU CAN GIVE ALL YOUR LOVE AWAY
BUT IF THE ONE YOU GIVES IT BACK TO YOU
YOU MIGHT START TO FEEL LIKE THAT’S OK
MAYBE YOU THINK IT’S ALL YOUR WORTH
YOU TELL YOURSELF IT DOESN’T HURT
YOU MAY NEVER SEE WHAT YOUR LIFE COULD TRULY BY
THAT HOLE BECOMES A RIFT INSIDE
THAT RIFT BECOMES A CHASM WIDE
AND YOU MAY NEVER FLY AWAY
SO TAKE A STEP OUTSIDE THE SITUATION
MAYBE ALL YOU NEED IS A LITTLE INSPIRATION
SO RAISE YOUR VOICE AS IF YOU HAD A CHOICE
AND SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND SING
I’M GONNA FLY AWAY
SO STAND UP TALL UPON THAT MOUNTAIN TOP OF LIFE
AND HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH
OH BABY DON’T YOU CRY
I KNOW SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO LEAVE YOUR LIFE BEHIND
BUT IF YOU NEVER GO YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
THAT SPARK INSIDE YOUR SOUL TO FINALLY BE WHOLE
THE STRENGTH YOU HAVE INSIDE YOURSELF
A LOVE THAT IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE
AND YOU WILL SURELY FLY AWAY

Space We Fill

Written By: Melissa Mitchell

DESPITE MY MIND TRYING TO TELL ME THAT
I NEVER EVEN FELT IT
THAT I CHOULD RUN AND HIDE
I AM INCLINED TO SEE THE BEAUTY
I KNOW IT IS MY DUTY TO REACH DEEP INSIDE
AND SEE THE SIGNS THAT SHE SENDS ME
IN THIS LIFE THAT SHE LENDS ME
I AM DIVINE SHE SAYS TO EVERY MORNING BUT STILL
I AM CONFLICTIED BECAUSE I AM AFFLICTED
WITH HUMAN EMOTIONS THAT CONFUSE ME
BUT STILL I SEE
THAT THE AIR I BREATH
HAS ME BELIEVING THAT AS EASY AS IT SEEMING
IT GETS EASIER STILL
I BELIVE THAT WITH EXPANSION COMES A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
OF THE SPACE I FILL
THESE FLUCTUATIONS BETWEEN FELLING OF BITTERNESS AND BLISS
HAS GOT ME WONDERING HOW SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL
COULD END UP LIKE THIS

Truth

Written By: Melissa Mtichell

Like morning fog I am lifted
Within this life I have been gifted with the truth
I feel it inside and I flow with it
I give it a voice and I glow with it
It the truth it’s love
It’s below me it’s above me
And when it shines down
It shines on you and me
It shines all over you and me

I breathe the air that surrounds me
And I feel this light growing all around me
It’s the truth it’s love
It’s within me it’s without me
I wear it like a winter coat
I share it with everyone I know
And when it shines down
It shines on you and me
It shines all over you and me

In your eyes I see the mirror
In your eyes it couldn’t be clearer
It’s the truth it’s love
I believe it when I see
I hold it like a candle tight
I let it light my way through the darkest night
It’s within me it’s without me
It’s below me it’s above me
And when it shines down
It shines on you and me
It shines all over you and me

End Of The Line

Written By: Melissa Mitchell

This lonely old hotel bed ain’t giving me what I need
So I try to find some comfort in the anonymity of the street
But the streets they are so crowded I can’t even help myself think
So I slip into a bar room to ease my mind with a drink
But the women sitting next to me looks older than the wood on the wall
And I wonder if it’s me, is she really there at all
I know I getting no younger but I refuse to age one more day
And in this faceless sea of emptiness that’s a price I’m not willing to pay
Cause this place ain’t got no love for me and I ain’t got no love for this place
It’s easy to see there ain’t no pleasing me
It’s a plain as the lines on my face

The sun goes down on the city and she puts on her favorite dress
Those bitter sweet lips you just can’t wait to kiss oh what a beautiful mess
Lord knows I have my limits but I push them all the time
Cause I just can’t wait to see the woman I’ll be
When I get to the end of the line
Is this the end of the line?

Change

Written By: Melissa Mitchell

I’ve seen the cost, love lost, time spent wondering where your money went
Fools gold, souls sold, dreams walking ‘round looking like they’re half dead

It early in the morning, she’s lying awake, he didn’t bother to call her, how much more can she take
He’s spending all the money, he leaves her high and dry,
But you know she keeps working and crying why why why why
She says it’s none of my business, none of my nevermind, It ain’t business
But girl you gotta stand up bigger than life sometimes

It’s been my experience that some people won’t change,
It can kinda make you lose your face in the whole damn human race
But once in a blue moon, someone do
Get lead to the water and drink it too
I know it’s none of my business, none of my nevermind, it ain’t my business but
Everything and everyone gotta change sometime

I’ve seen the cost, love lost, time spent wondering where your money went
Fools gold, souls sold, dreams walking ‘round looking like they’re half dead

Stand up bigger than life, you’re the only one that can make it alright
Alright, it’s alright, everybody gotta make a change sometime
Everybody gotta make a change

Discography

Rain or Shine (2009)
Melissa Mitchell - Alma (2006)

Set List

Melissa writes and performs her own music.
Performances can include 2 - 3, hour long sets, with over 3 hours of original music. A few cover songs can also be added to the mix.