Type: Solo Singer - Guitarist
Whether you're looking for some chilled out acoustic music for your next party, wedding, or corporate event, or an engaging concert experience for your festival or music hall, Melissa Cox delivers the goods with her evocative voice, award-winning original songs, and creative renditions of classic rock and folk songs.
Her main instruments are Voice, Guitar, Mandolin and Irish Whistle, Melissa also plays a bit of piano.
With over 10 albums, tens of thousands of tour miles, and several songwriting awards under her belt, US-born, New Zealand-based artist Melissa Cox has built a successful indie career with her captivating blend of neo-Celtic, World beat, folk rock and electronic, earning her comparisons to Loreena McKennitt, Enya, the Cranberries, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Florence and the Machine.
Not one to be shackled to any one genre, Cox runs the gamut of musical styles: from Irish whistle infused folk ballads to heart-pounding rock anthems, delicate, sorrowful piano melodies to fun, jaunty bluegrass tunes, and deep, swirling electronic prog rock pieces, Cox swings wildly from one emotional story to the next, using her provocative voice to thread it all together.
A classically trained vocalist, Cox grew up singing solos for her church and school choirs. At age 14, she taught herself how to play guitar, and by 16 she was a regular at the open mic nights in her home state of Delaware. In college, she started the award-winning Celtic Fusion band Mythica and went on to open for several big name acts including the Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel, Smash Mouth, and Three Dog Night.
folk music, acoustic music, World music, Celtic fusion music, singer / songwriter, options for 1 soloist, duos, or full band (drums, bass, guitar, vocals)
Although Tauranga based Melissa can travel to Western Bay of Plenty towns, Whakatane, Taupo, Hamilton, Rotorua, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula
Melissa also has an extensive Christmas repertoire.
Ideal for: background and theme setting music for corporate function, private party, wedding.
In addition to her award-winning original songs from her 10 albums, Melissa captivates audiences with her heartfelt renditions of beloved songs from the 1930s thru the 2000s as well as traditional Irish and Scottish tunes. Here is just a taste of her vast repertoire of cover songs:
Angel - Sarah McLachlan
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis
Dreams - The Cranberries
Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy / Sting
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Imagine – John Lennon
Let It Be – The Beatles
Somebody I Used to Know – Gotye / Kimbra
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - Simon and Garfunkel
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
You Were Meant for Me - Jewel
Traditional Irish and Scottish jigs, reels, and ballads on vocals, whistles, and mandolin
Christmas + Holiday traditional songs in the Celtic and World music vein, including:
The Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
Deck the Halls
What Child Is This
Holly Jolly Christmas
Melissa is very talented & was amazing, everyone loved her music & she is a lovely person.
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