“Melissa Ellis has long been a staple of our concert music series here at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Her smooth sounds and comic wit keeps our audiences laughing and entertained. It is always our pleasure whenever we are able to get her on to one of our stages, her music fills an outdoor theater setting perfectly…blues under the stars, a perfect way to spend a summer evening.”
~Sam Hahn, Concert Producer, CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Melissa Ellis is a blues, pop-jazz, & soul artist from Knoxville, Tennessee. Coined “The Southern Spitfire” as a child, Melissa Ellis lives up to the name, delivering high-energy vocal performances that leave concertgoers saying things like, “This was the best live musical performance I have ever
Melissa found her natural talent as toddler and began singing every opportunity she could. She performed on stage for the first time at just two years of age. By the time she was in high school and early college, she dominated vocal competitions, winning several awards.
In 2009, Melissa released her debut album “Melissa Benjamin”, introducing her powerful voice to the world of bluegrass & gospel. Her single, “Crossville,” was adopted by her hometown as the official city song. She toured this album for a year and started working on new songs. With new songs came a new sound that had evolved into indie and country-soul genres. Melissa’s sophomore album, “Just Me” was released in 2011 and features two original songs, “Southern Spitfire” & “Boy Next Door.” Notably, the album showcases her musicianship on guitar & piano, as well as her distinct, powerful voice that defines her art.
Currently in production for her third studio album, Rising Sun, Melissa’s latest musical journey brings out the deep emotional sounds of blues & soul with a touch of southern twang. Her repertoire includes several of her own songs mixed with re-imaginings of classic standards that are instantly familiar but presented in a fresh new ways.