Melissa was born in West Virginia and traveled around the US before settling in Boulder, CO. The daughter of an English professor and a sculptor / custom furniture builder, she developed a passion for music, art, and building things. Melissa followed music off to Indiana University in Bloomington to study violin performance, then spent the next mess of years touring around the country performing over 200 shows each year.
While at Indiana University, Melissa studied graphic design in her spare time and went on to design album packaging, tour flyers, websites, tshirts, and logos for musical projects, venues, record labels, and events. She structured and implemented three album release marketing plans and numerous tour publicity campaigns.