Country singer/songwriter Melissa Jones is one of six children born into a musical family. A Northern Utah native, her concert pianist mother and die-hard country music fan father raised their children in a home filled with music which ranged from Mozart to Merle.
Melissa, also a wife and a mother, had dreamed of pursuing a career in music since a very young age. Her dream was put in motion eight years ago, when she recorded a Patsy Cline song as a birthday gift for her father.
Performing at local nightclubs in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho lead to opening for artists Keith Urban, Terri Clark, Collin Raye, Chris Cagle, The Oak Ridge Boys, Andy Griggs and The Marshall Tucker Band. Finally, with the support of her family and other committed believers, Melissa made the trip to Nashville and recorded a song which found its way to noted producer Nelson Larkin. Melissa’s self-titled debut album, produced by producer Nelson Larkin and Steve Kondor, will be released later this year. The album includes Melissa’s singles The Perfect Man and Who Do You Think I Am which have already received national airplay at country radio. While working on Melissa’s album, Steve Kondor heard an unforgettable demo of a heart wrenching song titled, Red, White & Blue Night in Georgia. He contacted the songwriter who put him in touch with Roxanne Reed, and active duty military spouse, and a founding member of the Marketing to Military Group (MMG). Melissa recorded Red, White & Blue Night in Georgia for her album and her rich voice and genuine emotion make the poignant song unforgettable.
MMG, which specializes in introducing products and services to the military market, instantly fell in love with the project. “We believe this song is the first to reflect on the ‘soul’ of the military spouse and family member”, said Roxanne. “Red, White and Blue Night in Georgia is a testament to the love, pride and devotion we all share for our men and women serving our country.” Dedicating a portion of the proceeds to an amazing charity, Hope for the Warriors, brought the project full circle. “MMG is honored to be able to help their military community any way possible,” continues Roxanne, “and what better way than through song and donation support.”
“It’s such a great song,” says Melissa. “I have a very strong emotional connection with this story – my younger brother Jake was seriously injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb at the same time I was being pitched this song. He is home now, recovering, but he and his family have been changed forever. I’m so happy to see his family back together again and my heart goes out to anyone who has a loved one serving anywhere in the world.”
Melissa’s resonant voice pulls your heart and soul into her album. Her interpretive delivery of each song – intuitive energy on the up-tempo songs and warm sentiment on the ballads shows a natural entertainer. The release of her debut album proves what her family knew all along: Melissa Jones was born to sing.