Living in the heartland of Central West New South Wales, Australian country singer and songwriter MELISSA ROBERTSON recently charted on Vradio Nashville’s top 40 in the US and made the finalist top 30 songs in the Australian Songwriters Association competition with her song “I love My Country Boy”.
“Melissa is a real country girl who channels her experiences into some well written songs that capture some of the qualities that are missing from much contemporary country her songs are Authentic they tell stories that matter” by Susan Jarvis , July 2012 Capital News Magazine, Australia.
Growing up in Sydney, Melissa began singing solo at the age of 16 performing in school musicals and representing her school in regional concerts as a soloist. Melissa began learning guitar and joined the school Rock band in her senior years as lead singer and rhythm guitarist.
Moving to country New South Wales became a turning point in Melissa’s life and in her musical pursuits. After studying singing through the Australian Music Examinations Board for a number of years and winning places in the Penrith and Cowra Eisteddfods, Melissa began to appreciate writing her own songs about her country life and experiences. Releasing her first EP ‘Ride of Your Life’ in 2009 and then her Album ‘My Beautiful World’ in 2011.
Among other achievements Melissa was twice Wattle Flat’s Country Music Champion in consecutive years and in 2011 with award-winning Australian songwriter Amber Lawrence as special guest and co-judge. In 2012 Melissa won The Grenfell Henry Lawson Busking Competition and was a finalist in the Lithgow Ironfest singer/songwriter competition. Releasing songs through Australian community and country music radio distribution services AirIt and CRS, Melissa’s songs receive airplay and recognition in Australia and internationally.
At the end of 2014, Melissa released her first all originals EP with producer SIMON JOHNSON who works with Australian artists such as Adam Harvey, Becky Cole, and Buddy Goode to name a few. ‘My Heart’s On Fire’ single is out to radio now through CRS 177 and WJO distribution. Luke O'Shea, one of Australia’s finest country music singer/songwriters, said, “It’s a great song and really well produced and delivered.” The My Heart’s On Fire EP release coincided with a New South Wales tour which began in October 2014. Melissa is also hoping to release a video.
In 2015, Melissa will again travel to The Tamworth Country Music Festival and will hold ‘The Songwriter’s Showcase With Melissa Robertson and Friends’ giving Australian and international songwriters an opportunity to showcase their original songs.
Melissa will release three songs from her ‘My Heart’s On Fire’ EP and would like to perform at more festivals, clubs and hotels throughout Australia, taking her songs to more country music fans.