Melissa Ferrick

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Melissa Ferrick - Artist/Entrepreneur/Educator

Melissa is currently pursuing her Ed. M at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She is a full time Associate Professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Performing Songwriter Division for the Berklee Five Week Program. 

Ms. Ferrick has released 17 albums over the last 24 years. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1992 at the age of 21, after opening up for Morrissey in the US and UK, she released her debut and sophomore albums on Atlantic. Between 1996-1999 she released three albums via Independent label W.A.R. Records. Melissa launched the nationally distributed independent record label Right On Records in 2000. Her publishing catalog is represented worldwide by The Raleigh Music Group.

Regarded in the industry and by her peers as one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the business, Ferrick still tours regularly playing throughout North America. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, Marc Cohn, Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Joan Armatrading, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, G-Love & Special Sauce, Bob Dylan, Dan Bern, Ani DiFranco, k.d. Lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and many others. 

 

extended bio:
Melissa grew up in Ipswich, MA during the 70's, playing the violin and going to jazz clubs on the North Shore with her father, who managed local bands. In elementary school, she learned to play trumpet and bass guitar, which led the way to songwriting in high school.  At 16, Melissa was accepted into the New England Conservatory's Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as a trumpet player, giving her the opportunity to tour with the Conservatory's Extension Division, which traveled to perform in California and China. She was accepted to Berklee College of Music on songwriting and trumpet scholarships and chose to continue her music education there from 1988-1990.  After two years playing Boston's local rock club scene, Melissa left school and moved to New York City. In N.Y. Melissa played at the Bitter End weekly and worked day jobs at Right Track Recording studios, and Chrysalis Records to learn the ropes of the business.  On July 3rd 1991, Melissa's phone rang and she was asked to open that night for Morrissey in Boston. After her impressive performance she was invited to finish the U.S. and U.K. tour opening for Morrissey. When she returned to the States, at 20 years old, she was offered deals with three major labels. 

Melissa signed with Atlantic Records, and in 1993 she released her debut album, "Massive Blur."  After her sophomore effort, "Willing to Wait," was released in 1995, Melissa was dropped by Atlantic Records.  She regrouped and released three albums on Boulder, CO based W.A.R. Records. Her album, "Everything I Need" charted in the top ten at AAA radio and won the GLAMA award for album of the year.  In 2000, Ferrick founded her own label, Right On Records, and released a string of Albums and EPs. In 2010, before almost going bankrupt, Ferrick put her own label on hold and signed with NY based MPress Records. Melissa released two albums with MPress, 2011's "Still Right Here" and 2013's "the truth is.” Still Right Here debuted on Billboard’s Heat-Seekers Album Charts, won an International Acoustic Music Award (IAMA), and two Independent Music Award (IMA) nominations. The title track’s music video premiered on the Huffington Post’s Gay site and won two Right-OutTV awards. Ferrick was named as one of OUT Magazine’s Top 100 "most influential queer artists and activists". In 2013 she released "the truth is". This album marked her return to producing her own work. An evolution in the sound she had developed over the course of her career, the record was a creative departure in its collaborative approach to the recording process--hiring grammy® award winning engineer Trina Shoemaker to mix the album remotely in Alabama and Independent Mastering to master the album in Nashville. The result was a sweeping Americana/Alt-Country record that won the 2014 Independent Music Award for Alt-Country Album of the Year. 2015 marked the release of her seventeenth album simply titled, "Melissa Ferrick". This album confirms that Ms. Ferrick is an extraordinary songwriter, guitarist, performer, and producer. The song "Stars Outnumber Our Hearts" was named the #3 Song of 2015 by the Boston Herald. Melissa Ferrick is a fearless writer, unafraid of her truths, and performs live without hesitation.