INTRO BY KAT VISTI
INTERVIEW BY CAMI LIBERTY
Being raised in an Air Force Family caused Melissa Mickelson to move around from base to base, but there was one thing that always went with her: country music. Melissa quickly developed a fan base and she has spent the last four years touring across the Pacific Northwest. Outside of music, Melissa is an activist for female empowerment and body positivity. She often sheds light on the importance of hard work and determination, and encourages female’s to take charge and be their own boss, her own success proving so. We interviewed Melissa to learn more about her latest song "Hold On" and her upcoming tour dates.
When was the moment that you realized you wanted to be a musician?
"I was singing 'I'm Proud To Be An American' in the fourth grade talent show. I remember people stopping to listen. I kept that how special that feeling was to myself for a very long time. It wasn't until about four years ago that I decided to let everyone else in on the secret."
Who are some of your musical influences?
"I grew up with classic country music. I would say my music influences lay somewhere between Johnny Cash and Bonnie Raitt."
How would you describe your music in three words?
"Real. Soulful. Fun."
You recently released your latest song titled “Hold On.” Can you tell us a little about the song and the inspiration behind it?
"I wrote this song because my husband has worked the night shift for so long. He's a first responder and it’s just about taking the time to make time. Making sure that you hold on to each other in the crazy life."
In the past few years you have shared the stage with artists such as Trent Harmon, Joe Nichols and Bailey Bryan. What were these experiences like for you?
"Amazing. I enjoy watching artists in their element and watching the crowd interact."
Do you have any advice for people wanting to get their start in the music industry?
"Keep your chin up. There will be a lot of 'no's' before anyone says 'yes'. Believe in what you do!"
Is there anything else that we can expect from you in the near future?
"I am still writing songs and playing shows! I hope to have a music video in the near future! You can check out my upcoming shows on my website and social media!"