Bio: Melissa Jones is a singer-songwriter and poet from Oakland California. She is currently the lead vocalist of an 8 piece soul/funk band called No Lovely Thing.
Their self debut album is available for download on Itunes. Melissa has also published two books of poetry entitled "Pineapple Grenades" and just recently Black Girl Mango Seeds.
Background: Melissa has been singing since she was 5 and started performing in middle school. She gained many influences from rnb, jazz, funk, soul, and hip hop. Melissa grew up to the sounds of oldies and funk in her house, her father's surround sound stereo system, and her mother's beautiful harmonies over Smokey Robinson equaled a music sanctuary with pretend concerts and impromptu dance moves to Prince's "House Quake" Inspired by multiple genres, Melissa's forever evolving sound is melodic, jazzy, eclectic, fresh and soulful. Often using her voice to emulate the sounds of improvised jazz and brass sections, Melissa comes up with a unique twist to modern day scatting, soul, and catchy vocal arrangements.
Her lyrics are often inspired by years of writing poetry. She received her masters of fine arts in creative writing from Mills College in Oakland and often spends time arranging and composing parts for songs with her band, assisting other singers with vocal arrangement and song-writing techniques, and collaborating with multiple musicians to deliver her ever-evolving sound.
Upcoming Projects: Melissa just released her 2nd book of poetry Black Girl Mango Seeds. The book release and signing will be on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Red Bay Coffee in Oakland from 1pm-3pm. Please check out the event page! She is currently looking to release a couple of tracks/videos with No Lovely Thing as well as work on her solo EP project. Melissa is also looking forward to providing services for artists who are looking to enhance their songwriting skills. Keep checking back for updates on these new projects!