Melissa Cox Cox is an
award-winning songwriter, guitarist, mandolin and ukulele player with
eight albums and 100,000+ tour miles under her belt, including multiple
tours of the continental U.S., three tours of Hawaii and one of New
At the heart
of Melissa's music, you will find classic rock and folk from the 60s and
70s. "Some kids rode around in the car seat listening to Sesame Street
songs. My mom had the radio auto-set to classic rock stations. By the time I
was three, I knew all the words by Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and Simon and
Upon that folk
and classic rock foundation, Melissa, supported by her backup band or her
BOSS vocal looping pedal, infuses her own New Age / World style,
adding overtones of Celtic, Hawaiian, electronic, newgrass and classical.
voice has been described as sounding like “a cross between Loreena McKennitt and
Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick” (Sing Out! Magazine). With a belt as
impressive as her falsetto, the classically trained singer jolts audiences
to attention with her power ballads (“Courage”, “Vicarious”), sooths
them with a haunting neo-classical Latin aria (“Valedico”), and evokes
eruptions of laughter with her dry wit and tongue-in-cheek humor (“To Carrie
Fisher, with love”).
lyrics that take on a poetic tone reminiscent of Paul Simon, Tori Amos, and
Robert Plant, but never to the point of total obscurity, and always towards
the goal of reaching some truth about herself or about life – “What
difference can I make when all women mistake their ‘lovelessness’ with
hate?” and “Guess the only way to get famous these days is to go Gaga
half naked at the cabaret.”
Her talent and
tenacity have helped her win several songwriting accolades, including
Best Singer/Songwriter by Spark Magazine, Best Celtic Fusion
Singer by Celtic MP3 Music Magazine, and Best Musical Folk
Artist by the Delaware Division of Arts. She was also a finalist in the
National Song of the Year Contest for her song “elijah, elijah.”
She has shared
the stage with the Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel, Smash Mouth, Three Dog
Night, Cyril Neville, Catie Curtis and many others, and has
headlined several of the largest festivals and events in the U.S., including
the Hawaiian Scottish Festival, the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon,
D.C.’s Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza series, and hundreds more.
She has also made appearances on 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia, 93.7 FM WSTW,
and CBS/NBC TV Hawaii, among many others.
independent artist (and proud of it), Cox self-published her seven albums and two music videos.
Her two latest albums, Transient Resonance (live LP) and
Harmonious Maladies (studio LP) were released independently with the
support of her fans through
Kickstarter and showcases not only her musical and writing talents, but
also her abilities as a producer and sound engineer.
albums include Dangerous Little Monster (2006), Vicarious
(2007), and Live is Good (2009), which were all released with her
Neo-Celtic band Mythica. She also
has two earlier solo albums, Aurophobia and Goddess.