Melissa Ferrick has
many reasons to declare herself free, and all of the talent to express
it. Perhaps the most liberating part of Melissa's new project is that
Freedom was written, performed, recorded, and produced almost entirely
by herself, and certainly on her own terms.
As Melissa explains, "At first I was afraid of failing. There would
be no one to blame if the album wasn't everything I was imagining in my
head. But then I found myself enjoying the work and thriving from the
challenge of having total creative control. Now it feels good to accept
full responsibility for my own art."
recruit friend and former band mate, bassist Marika Tjelios (Men Without
Hats, Go Vangough), for assistance and the two spent one month completely
engrossed in the project. Working with a modest independent-label budget
contributed to Melissa's feelings of liberation. "For the first time
in my career I'm not in debt. It's a relief to not owe my record label
money and to be supporting myself by doing what I love."
Delivered with all of the inspiration and intimacy that makes her such
a compelling artist, Freedom also holds an air of newfound grace and an
of expression that perfectly compliments Melissa's deeply personal, yet
universal lyrics. Her staccato voice soars and her acoustic guitar rings
clear as each song tells stories of lust, love, loss, and liberation.
Melissa's personal attention to detail adds depth to the project, while
precise and insightful lyrics leave space for individual
interpretation. The result is a complexity and passion that's rarely seen
in pop music today.
Although Melissa has never been one to withhold much, perhaps her boldness
has recently been nurtured by industry attention and fan support. Her
previous release, Everything I Need, was launched at the Boston Lilith
Fair, where the album outsold every other artist release on the bill.
The album earned Melissa Best Folk Rock Band at the prestigious 1999 Boston
Music Awards and was nominated as Album of the Year by the 1999 the Gay
and Lesbian American Music Association (GLAMA).
Also in 1999,
Melissa performed at WBOS Earth Day and WXRV's Riverfest, and enraptured
audiences at the infamous Newport Folk Festival. Melissa participated
in an exclusive Tower Records Liquid Audio performance at the 1999 NARM
convention in Las Vegas. Now Melissa's performance is available for purchase
via the internet using state-of-the-art Liquid Audio
The Respond Project, a compilation cd featuring Boston female artists
and benefiting women and children victimized by domestic violence, features
an acoustic version of the song "Everything I Need" and was
recently awarded Album of the Year by Billboard Magazine.Melissa's fiery
live shows are an infectious experience, exhibiting her magnetic personality,
quirky sense of humor and outstanding musicianship.
With the release of Freedom, Melissa continues to perform in front of
houses, while her notoriously loyal and swelling fan base often travel
over states, and even the entire country, to get their "Ferrick fix."
It's rare and refreshing to see a devoted following assembled by years
of hard work, especially in these days of fleeting fans encouraged by
huge advertising dollars spent. "My relationship with my fans is
an inseparable part of my
music," Melissa explains. "Since I'm on the road so often, much
of my song writing is inspired by my experiences with the audience. I'm
so grateful that my fans are as dedicated to my career as I am."
From the celebratory title track, to the vulnerable "Win 'em Over,"
the catchy "Hold On," and the sexy fan-favorite "Drive,"
Freedom is testament to Melissa
Ferrick's reputation for seamless song writing and daring creativity.
Most importantly though, Freedom is Melissa's expression of gladness for
being a musician and her gratitude for the privilege.
Some Kinda Nerve
Then So It Is
Win 'Em Over
This Is Love
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