the melinda kingsley band
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the melinda kingsley band

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Band Rock Alternative


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"following stars" (2004)

you can watch us playing some of our newer material live on our myspace page. just click the link for our homepage below!



The Melinda Kingsley band is a rock band with a southern drawl, comprised of Melinda Kingsley on vocals and guitar, Becca Mashburn on drums and percussion, Grace Buford on keyboard/guitar/backing vocals and Katie Bitner on bass. MKB's murky ballads and southern-influenced rock showcase their song stories in a subliminally accessible, yet easily swallowed musical form. The Melinda Kingsley band will pull you in and keep you with their sound - sparse, but powerful like an undertow.

Melinda Kingsley grew up in the foothills of Appalachia. She was raised with Irish ballads as her lullabies and backwoods gospel as her first solos. In her teenage years, she started singing her own songs, playing at coffee houses and bars across Tennessee and Georgia. In 2004, she was joined by bassist Katie Bitner, the grounding force for the band; Melinda describes Katie as her right hand. The drummer, Becca Mashburn, received degrees in percussion performance and music education and has played in everything from symphonies to funk bands. The newest member of MKB, Grace Buford, brings the musical sensibility of a seasoned songwriter and performer. Grace is a renaissance musician of sorts, playing guitar, singing, and/or adding keyboard to many of the original songs.

Melinda Kingsley's solo CD, "Following Stars", harbors gems such as "Connie Row", "Breathe", and "How Much". "Connie Row" a song written about Melinda's mother, was featured as one of the top 5 requested songs on "women of substance" internet radio station, in 2008. Songs from the solo album, which are still in the band's rotation of songs, were recorded at "sound and fury" recording studio by career musician/audio engineer, DeDe Vogt. Vogt plays a supporting role on "Following Stars" with various and sundry instruments. Linda Boley also joins the project on drums.

The Melinda Kingsley Band is currently recording a new CD, produced by Grammy award winner Don McCollister, which will be finished in 2008. A two song demo from the upcoming album is available through the band website and feature the songs "cottonmouth" and "echo". In 2008, the song "cottonmouth", was entered in a contest sponsored by Ourstage to play the Bonaroo music festival and beat out over 4000 other bands to place in the top five.

The Melinda Kingsley Band plays a variety of venues in atlanta and surrounding areas such as Redlight Cafe, Java Monkey, Birdi's, Eddie's Attic, The Kingfisher Cafe, Paris, Kavarna, The All Star Bar, Bj's, East Point Corner Tavern, Crimson Moon, Sapphire Theater, Stage Door, Inman Perk, The Mambo Room, Smith's Old Bar, My Sisters Room, and have appeared at various area festivals, including The Decatur Arts Festival, The Avondale Fall Festival, Little Five Points Halloween Festival, Inman Park Arts Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Swiftwaters Music In The Mountains, and Pine Lake Octoberfest.