Indie Maverick and major label veteran Melissa Ferrick is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has shared stages with artists as wide-ranging as Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Weezer and Ani DiFranco. She has released seventeen albums over the past eighteen years, including Everything I Need, which was named Album of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian American Music Association.
Melissa Ferrick performs over 150 shows a year – often for audiences of 7,500 or more. Her extraordinarily passionate, grassroots fan base began twenty years ago when she opened for British rocker Morrissey, and has grown into one of the most loyal followings in recent indie memory. With songs that, as CMJ noted, “cut to the bone thanks to their truthful, personal viewpoints,” the native New Englander is a powerhouse vocalist and guitarist who has steadily released indie projects since her prior stints on Atlantic and W.A.R.? Records. She is a six-time Boston Music Award and GLAMA Winner who recently inked a 3-album deal with MPress Records. A passionate Out artist with a devoted LGBT following, Ferrick goes to great lengths to be accessible to fans, and is beloved for her magnetic personality, fierce honesty and lightning-speed rhythm guitar style. Among her almost non-stop touring, she teamed-up on the road with fellow folk-rocker Ani DiFranco for her recent 2011 album Still Right Here (her first studio album in five years) which featured DiFranco on guest vocals and an appearance by guitar virtuoso Kaki King. Her latest album The Truth Is, released in June of 2013 is the eighteenth of her remarkable career, and features Grammy-winner Paula Cole and other guests.