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Melissa Ferrick

Singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick emerged in 1994 as part of a group of new female alternative singer/songwriters, much in the vein of Liz Phair. Raised in Ipswich, MA, she began singing in coffeehouses after dropping out of college and eventually wound up in Boston. Her major breakthrough arrived one night when she replaced Morrissey's opening act less than an hour before showtime. Ferrick's performance impressed Morrissey, who invited her to open for him during the rest of the tour. The tour earned her a small cult following, as well as a contract with Atlantic Records.

She released her debut album, Massive Blur, in 1994 to good reviews; the critical reception for her stripped-down second album, Willing to Wait, earned even stronger acclaim. Even so, Atlantic dropped her in 1995, prompting Ferrick to go indie by signing with W.A.R.?, a Colorado-based company. She remained with W.A.R.? over the course of several albums -- including Everything I Need, Freedom, and the concert recording +1 -- before taking a lesson from fellow songwriter Ani DiFranco and forming her own label, Right On. Capturing her enigmatic stage persona, Ferrick issued Skinnier, Faster, Live at the B.P.C. in early 2001 and followed its release with a studio album named Valentine Heartache.

Releasing albums on her own label proved to be a welcome change of pace, and Ferrick spent the decade issuing a string of studio records and live releases. She also toured regularly, often logging as many as 150 shows per year. After releasing her 14th album, Goodbye Youth, in 2008, Ferrick shifted her focus to the artists who inspired her, resulting in the release of a covers album, Enough About Me, in 2010. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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choperini117 0
I love Love Song... my Pandora station should play more songs from this album than that one. I'm a huge Ferrick fan and she's one of my station seeds, but they always play the same few songs...
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germce2003
great
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1.kiss your left hand 2.say your crushes name 3.say a school day 4.close your hand 5. Say your name 6.open your hand and look at it 7.post this on at least 15 other songs and your crush will ask u out on the day u said
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Don't read this because it actually works.You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at-least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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pattig00
Melissa Ferrick is awesome live. I've been going to all her local shows for over 10 years. Friends who didn't know her music enjoyed the shows too. See her live if you can.
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saw melissa at ottobar in Baltimore... f i e r c e and raw is right...rips a guitar and takes time out for her fans!
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Melissa Rocks-thats the bottom line
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choperini117 0
I can now testify (along with everyone else) that she is INCREDIBLE live!!!!!! If you get the chance to see, don't pass it up!
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I love her. Saw her with Ani D. Amazing live!
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choperini117 0
...I mean 10 days. Can't count. What else is new.
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choperini117 0
I see you in 5 days, darling!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!
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choperini117 0
Yay, they put Goodbye Youth on here!!

I SEE HER LIVE IN 16 DAYS!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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info5035
Love everything Melissa Ferrick does. MUST SEE her live! Incredible artist that totally rocks her guitar and rips up the vocals.
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sdas17
llloooovvvee e her music!!!
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choperini117 0
My copy of "Goodbye Youth" is en route to me...WHY does it seem to be taking so looooong??? I am so excited..... . . . . .
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choperini117 0
I'm going to see her LIVE in Gainesville FL in March!!!!!!

Ok, I'll stop obsessing. (She's amazing!!! in case anyone remains unconvinced. )
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choperini117 0
btw--does anyone know if the Closer remix posted on Melissa's myspace page is available for download anywhere? It rocks!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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choperini117 0
I LOVE YOU MELISSA!!!!! !
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Saw her January 2009 in a tiny theater in Phoenixville PA with Rose Cousins and Lovell Sisters; but have been listening to her CDs since 1993
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She's awesome I saw her when she came to a Pride festival in Roanoke Va hadn't heard of her before that but I really enjoyed her
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angelachiare n z a
RAD - even better live
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saw her in albuquerque. . . a w e s o m e
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Sounds very good, but definitely need to see live (sometimes hard to do in Kansas, but one would be surprised).
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she rocks!
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choperini117 0
Amazing voice, amazing musical talent! An inspiration! Favorite songs: Heredity, I Am Done, Don't Say Goodbye.
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kbrent1
I saw her in NC, really enjoyed it. She has some amazing songs.
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really? like ani difranco? she has a much deeper voice. maybe the guitar sorta....
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I've seen here 3 times here in Va and I'm in love w/ the woman! Awsome talent!
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sound alot like Ani Difranco but she still is pretty good
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i love her drive .
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Cuz I love everything about you, and I dont even know ya. So, I hope everything I made up about you is true... ;)
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Yes. Melissa Ferrick is amazing live. She puts so much feeling and energy into her music that you would have to try twice as hard to not like her.
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daisygirltx
Her style is a LOT like Ani DiFranco.
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She is a MUST SEE live. Her music is amazing but when you see her live it's a totally new, wonderful, breath taking experience.
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Her phrasing often sounds like Ani DiFranco (or vice-versa).
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renee.botta
Melissa has made 3 or 4 more albums since the latest posted here. How about "In the eyes of Strangers", can we get it added?
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Melissa Ferrick's music is fierce and raw, folk style. She sings from her heart and gut and plays the guitar to match. She's very honest and real in person and exudes passion and energy on stage.
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Melissa Ferrick... What to say? Saw her in concert in N'awlins. I love her. She sings with so much heart.

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