Melissa Cox – Artist Biography

“A sophisticated, highly arranged approach to roots music…Cox sounds like a cross between Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and Loreena McKennitt.” – Sing Out! Magazine

“A swirling, medieval hip-hop.” – Columbus UWeekly

“Her lyrics are poignant and very descriptive, left by open wounds of the heart.” – National Song of the Year Contest, USA (finalist)

New Zealand-based, US-born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Melissa Cox attacks the tough issues in her lyrics: postpartum depression, miscarriage, suicide, climate change, gun control, conspiracy theories, religious fanaticism. A classically trained vocalist, she sings out her truth with a feminine brute force while weaving lush, neo-folk electronic soundscapes with her state of the art looping pedal and arsenal of instruments. Her multi-faceted style that fuses together Celtic and folk with electronic and rock has garnered comparisons to the Cranberries, Loreena McKennitt, and Florence and the Machine.

Melissa founded the Celtic fusion band Mythica in 2005, touring across the continental USA and Hawaii and sharing bills with the Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel, Smash Mouth, Three Dog Night, Celtic Crossroads, and Black 47. In 2011, Melissa released her first of many solo albums and has shared the stage with Grammy winner Tom Chapin, Cyril Neville, Catie Curtis, Mieka Pauley, and the Young Dubliners. In 2014, Melissa moved to New Zealand to continue to pursue her solo career, releasing several more albums and performing as a multi-instrumentalist in NZ-charting artist Anna Hawkins’ backup band. She is now a dual citizen of New Zealand and the United States and regularly performs in both markets while raising her son with her husband in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty.

For more information, check out Melissa’s Facebook or YouTube.