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Melissa And More

Sounds likeKate Bush ,Joni Mitchel , Madonna, Annie Lennox
LocationSouthampton

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Melissa Sullivan - is a singer/songwriter from Southampton UK, her songs cover a broad spectrum of genre. Folk,Rock,Acoustic,Pop,Jazz and Country to name a few. She started playing the flute classically at about seven years old and achieved grade 8 distinction at 14. She had already started playing the piano and writing music before her teenage years and also a bit of acting in local pantomimes. ( Oh no she didn't...Oh yes She did. ) Her lyrics are about life and love, her own experiences and those of others. The music and sound has been likened to that of Kate Bush, Joni Mitchel, Stevie Nicks and Joan Baez. She has fronted and written for many bands and in 2004, teamed-up with Dave and started performing along the south coast as a duo, herself taking vocals and playing keyboards/ flute and Dave on electric and acoustic guitars.

Jerry Sharpe - Bass Jerry took up bass aged 17 when a last-minute guitarists no-show saw him drafted in to a friends band - at a gig! He joined Melissa in March 2008 and played his debut gig at HMS Collingwood in June. He's played in several bands since resuming 'active service' in 2000 after a 20-year break ("I didn't think it would be that long!!" J.) including Big Time Rollers, BluesHog and Shrewd Move. Jerry says "I was drawn to Melissa by the quality of the music and songwriting. I'm very happy to be part of this band". Influences include Nathan East, John Illsley, Dave Bronze and Steve Owers. Jerry plays Cort RB5, Fender Jazz, Vintage Icon and Curbow 4 basses through (original) Trace Elliot amplification.

Dave Wilkes - Electric & acoustic guitars ,man of few words

Dave Amey - Drums

Started drumming when i was 10 years old. joined school band and was asked to play everything as i was the only drummer.

joined excellent band called ALIBI which were a rock band . had lots of fans and cut an 8 track recording . also came 2nd in the battle of the bands.

left alibi and joined a funk band called flunkadilic but didnt gig with them . left them to form my own band called tequila sunrise but although sound was great couldnt find a singer.

Gave up for quite a while until i heard a lovely voice on party sounds and applied to join Melissa and more. i am very please to be part of this great band because i love the music and they are such nice people .

Ric Westwood - Saxaphone,Clarinet

My dad had a great musical influence he turned pro when I was 18. I’ve been playing Alto Sax and Clarinet in bands since the age of 16 in Manchester and by the time I was 18 I was playing semi pro in Blackpool clubs. Over the years I’ve done studio session work and playing in venues as far apart as Edinburgh, London and Berlin; more notably the Royal Albert hall. My day Job(s) have taken me all over the country and more recently before moving to Southampton I had been living in Dorset where played in a gigging band enjoying a summer season on Bournemouth pier and major events venues. Musical influences and hero’s include John Coltrane, Jethro Tull, Pink, Blues brothers.

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