Aside from singing in church, front-lady Melissa Ellis, got her professional start in high school doing theater (regional and touring) before ultimately dabbling in a solo music career. After gaining her education in vocal performance (Jazz and classical) and music therapy TTU, she made the genre move to Bluegrass and then to Americana/Indie. It wasn’t until she met Nashville drummer, Matt Clyde, that she found her vocal home in blues and blue-eyed soul. Matt hails from Texas and formed his blues band, Blindman’s Peace, while in college at Evangel University in Missouri. The band made the move to Nashville to pursue their music careers and finish school at MTSU when he met Ellis. The two bonded instantly and collaborated on many projects since 2010 when Matt’s band broke up, including their duo group, Matt + Mel. In 2011 the were joined by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rev. Landon Amonett on bass who brings his quirky, unique character and love for the Delta Blues to the table. And finally, in a pinch after losing a lead guitarist two weeks before a performance, the group found self-taught guitarist, John Johnson . With great tone and style, it was clear his influences were heavily rooted in blues and blues-based music–the fact that he’s just a great guy to be around was only a bonus. In 2013 Matt and Mel married and took a short hiatus to give birth to their son and focus their efforts on their blended family that included two sons from a previous marriage. Mel decided to jump back into her solo music career in 2015 and was instantly likened to vocal queens like Etta James, Norah Jones, and Janis Joplin. Finally in 2016, the band rejoined with Clyde, Amonett and Johnson officially creating Melissa Ellis and the Fellas, and their musical journey brings out the deep, raw emotional sounds of blues and soul with touch of southern spice.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.MelissaEllisMusic.com