“Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Melissa Green taught preschool in New York City for two years before embarking on a musical career. Her voice recalls ‘90s songstresses Juliana Hatfield and Lisa Loeb.” – Time Out New York Kids
“Melissa has a knack for blending catchy melodies with playful lyrics about seahorses, wagon rides, and ‘Chocolate Ice Cream.’ As if her originals weren’t enough, she also breathes new life into old favorites.” – Los Angeles Daily News
LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2012) – Award winning children’s/family musician Melissa Green looks ahead with pride to the July 31 release of her fourth studio CD, Sing Loud! Featuring two duets that mark the kids’ music debut of guest artist Brooke Shields, Sing Loud! celebrates the art of having confidence, being who you are, and empowering yourself with the knowledge that you can do anything you truly set your mind to.
Known for her distinctive, warm, “wide open” vocal style, Melissa Green has been writing and performing music for families for nearly a decade. Sing Loud! builds upon her previous work with a new depth of focus that emphasizes individuality, courage and pride. With the help of producers Lisa Parade and Bob Marlette (Wilson Phillips, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Melissa Green has
created an album that musically documents her eclectic range of listening favorites: blues, ska, Nashville country, ’50s rock ‘n’ roll, and today’s pop, invoking such influences as Johnny Cash, The Noisettes, Indigo Girls, The Romantics, Bob Marley, Ani DiFranco, the Dixie Chicks, Mumford and Sons, and Eminem.
Sing Loud! conveys the message, “Stand tall, be proud, have fun, and get up and dance!” Songs run the gamut from invigorating kid anthems like “Heyo,” “Sing Loud!” and “Get Up” (which features a chorus from Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”) and rockabilly tracks like “Aboard That Train” to a cover of the Go-Go’s poppy “We Got the Beat” featuring guest artist Brooke Shields. The album leads off with “Baby I Love You,” a rocking declaration of love. Kids will get a kick out of the Melissa Green/Brooke Shields “musical bike ride” duet, “4 Nickels and a Dime.” Other highlights include the energetic “The Playdate,” the best-friends-forever song, “Two Birds,” the sweetly supportive “My Love,” a hauntingly expressive lullaby “Will I Dream in Colors?” and even a cover of the ‘70s classic “Free to Be … You and Me.”
“I feel my songs are maturing as I mature as a musician,” says Melissa Green. “I want kids to love who they are and know they can do anything in this world. I grew up knowing that, and I think it’s a lesson for kids to learn as young as possible. It’s also important to me to make songs that people with or without kids will want to sing along to. ‘Sing Loud’ is what I tell kids and grownups alike to do at concerts – that way, everyone will hear them!”
When asked about her collaboration with Brooke Shields, Melissa explains, “We met six years ago and have been friendly since then. I knew that Brooke had performed in Broadway musicals (Chicago and The Addams Family), so when I was thinking about a duet partner for Sing Loud!, she came instantly to mind. Brooke said ‘yes’ right away, and I have to say she is so kind and sweet that recording with
her didn’t seem at all like work! She came to our sessions rehearsed and ready to go. She was up for everything, singing the songs any way we asked. Brooke has achieved so much in her lifetime, and she’s stayed true to herself. I admire her very much, and it was an honor to work with her.”
While teaching at Beginnings Nursery School in NYC in 2003, Melissa Green began singing with kids. Encouraged by her success, she honed her guitar skills and ultimately became the school’s music and movement specialist. Wishing to make her teaching more meaningful for the students, Melissa began writing songs that grew out of their shared experiences. The next logical step was to the recording studio, which Melissa enthusiastically embraced with the help of her very talented friend and producer, Beau Elliott. Now living in Los Angeles, Melissa manages to teach music classes and workshops while also maintaining an active touring schedule. She loves painting and dancing, has a cat named Cozmo and a puppy named Rose, her favorite place is the kitchen, and her favorite food is pizza … and cookies and milk.
Melissa Green’s previous albums include Sweet Little One (2011), Round and Round (2008), and Here We Go (2006). In 2008 she released a DVD, Clap, Shake and Roll, and a song-turned-book, The Seahorse Song. Her music is featured on Putumayo’s Rock & Roll Playground (2010) and on Soaring, an album Melissa produced for the Oscar Litwak Foundation in 2007. Melissa was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “The Seahorse Song” from Here We Go.
Check out Melissa’s website at www.melissagreenmusic.com.