Melissa D's Story
The campfire is burning. The sun is setting. And Melissa D Moorhouse sips tea and tunes her guitar. It sounds like the perfect weekend getaway to an outsider, but for the New England folk/rock artist, Southern Vermont is more than a vacation destination. It's home. And everyday in the backwoods the muse sings in harmony with the wind. Melissa's task: to hear the words and transpose its meaning through her music. "I am definitely a nature girl," she says. "I love visiting big cities but would never want to live in one. I love the country."
The romance between cabins and croons is the source of inspiration behind her rock and country infused folk songs. And it's been her impetus against resistance since childhood. “I was picked on a lot in school – ostracized and bullied by others, including some of my teachers because I had a learning disability and was painfully shy. It kept me from seeing myself as someone who was worthy of pursuing my dreams, and I didn't start pursuing my bigger music dreams until later in life. It took years of therapy and personal growth.”
Raised on Stevie Nicks, Amy Grant, John Denver and Christian hymns, Melissa D hopes her music can be a source of personal growth and inspiration for others. A classically trained vocalist and former rock frontwoman for The Alley Katz and previous member of CHILL, she spends her time as a solo artist donating a portion of sales to animal rescue causes. Even her single "Love of My Life" is a testament to personal growth. Written for her husband Alan, the track symbolizes how the two have grown together – “I went into the studio and worked with a producer but kept it secret until our wedding day,” she explains. “I totally surprised him by having the recording played at our wedding.”
As the campfire continues to glow, Melissa D reveals another surprise. The muse is singing again. And if you listen closely, she'll lead you down the right trail.