WHERE IT ALL BEGAN...
Standing 6ft, she is as talented, driven and down to earth as she is tall and ready to make her first footprint in Canadian Country Music. In the case of Melissa Hunt, it’s a dream worth taking seriously.
Melissa is totally committed to her audience, and her voice caresses a lyric with a passion beyond her years. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, raised in Longview, Texas, and Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Melissa’s life values are shaped by family dedication and sweat equity. Country music has always played a role. “I think it’s kind of in my background,” says Melissa.
At the age of 14 Melissa recorded her first demo in a small New Brunswick studio. This recording piqued the interest of Maureen Ennis and Mark Murphy, the song writing team behind Canada’s Juno Award-winning Ennis Sisters, who offered to write some songs for her. “It was such a pleasure to meet and work with Melissa,” remembers Murphy. “She has such vitality and talent and is so ‘real’ that she can be anything she wants in this world. For our sakes, I hope she chooses music!” Another early fan was Platinum Blonde alumnus Kenny MacLean who Melissa performed with on the Saint John Boardwalk and proclaimed himself a true fan.
She was a local finalist in David Foster’s Ovation Star Search, opened for Juno Award winner Melanie Doane as well as CCMA duo award nominee’s Twin Kennedy.
Next to singing and playing the acoustic guitar, it was a natural next step for Melissa to begin her journey in song-writing. Having been mentored for 4 years by late award-winning songwriter-producer Larry Wayne Clark (who mentored a teenage Chris Young and co-wrote his debut single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely”), Melissa continues on co-writing songs with writers from the provinces of Canada to Nashville, TN and is eager to record her debut album and deliver her musical message to the public in earnest.
Performing live across her home province and the Maritimes she and her support team are preparing to campaign her first single release and radio tour. Melissa strives to pave her way into the Canadian country music scene while she is hard at work on an EP project that promises both scrumptious ear candy and contemporary Country at its heartfelt best.
"I want nothing more then to share my music with the world, to be inspired and to inspire others."