A 'bio' is usually written by someone else. As I thought about this, I thought, who better to tell you a little bit about me than myself. This may not be the most traditional way to do a bio, but then again, I've never considered myself very "traditional," I usually go with my gut even if it's not the "norm."
My name is Melissa Anne Lewis. I was born in Annapolis, Maryland at the United States Navel Academy Hospital. My parents (Bob and Fran) were high school sweethearts from Quakertown, PA who eventually made their home in Roanoke, VA where I was raised. I have three sisters and one brother. When I was twelve my parents decided to have two more kids. My family is crazy in a very fun loving way. We do nothing but laugh! They have always been such a source of strength and encouragement for me. I can't imagine life without them. Michelle, Kevin, Kimberly, Meagan, Bob and Fran -- thank you.
After graduating from William Byrd High School in 1989, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts through 1993. What a great experience and wonderful school. After Boston I figured there were three major music cities to choose from. Los Angeles, Nashville, or New York. I chose Nashville. Unfortunately, the first five years there I didn't do much music. I worked a full time job at The Home Depot to pay the bills and I just didn't make enough time to pursue music. After five years of missing music, I finally started slowly getting back into it. I started singing demos for songwriters and found that was a good way to meet people. With much encouragement from a good friend who was a songwriter herself, I started writing my own material. I found I loved it! Writing songs has become therapy in a way for me. It's a release! I tend to write about my experiences and things I have gone through or witnessed. I started performing out regularly at local writer's rounds which led me to many contacts and a program called Chick Singer Night. Basically, it's a program for female artist to get out and get heard with a band. Through Chick Singer Night I met an incredibly talented man, Angel Roman. We became very good friends and decided to work together. In January 2003, we started plans to record and produce my first CD entitled Simple Life. We worked together for about six months with some very gifted and wonderful musicians. I am so proud of our final product; it truly was a group effort. Being in the studio was such an amazing experience. I can't wait to get back in there again.
After my CD release party, I unfortunately fell from an extension ladder. I literally had to be off of my feet for three months to recuperate from my surgery. Thank God for my mother who temperately moved in with me. I never would have made it without her help. During those three months in bed I did some serious soul searching. For several years on and off I had thoughts of moving to Los Angeles. My music certainly doesn't fit the typical "Nashville sound," plus all the signs in my personal life were pointing there as well. I often thought that the opportunities for my style of music were better out there. Since Los Angeles is the entertainment capitol and its culture is rich in diversity, my music prospects seem broader (e.g. Television, movies). So once I was up and about on my feet again, I made the plunge. I loaded up my house, my two dogs, and off we went. My thoughts were "I can always come back." I just didn't want to wake up five years from now thinking, "I wonder what would have happened if I would have moved to Los Angeles." I've been in Los Angeles since mid February 2004. I am presently pursuing my music further and really enjoying the change and fresh start. I am in the midst of getting a band together and hope to start performing out regularly very soon.
So there's my story... That's me! Music has always been a huge part of my life. My mom still tells stories of how I used to "wiggle" in my playpen anytime I heard music. I remember at a very young age my Babci (grandmother in polish) encouraging me to sing with her and I've been hooked ever since. Music is just something that's in me -- hard to explain sometimes but it's just a part of my soul, I guess.