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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.
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 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.
Melissa is currently pursuing her Ed. M at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Leadership and Management of Nonprofit and Organizations. She is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Performing Songwriter Division for the Berklee Five Week Program.