Born in America, but raised in Burlington, ON, Melissa is known for her timeless, beautiful voice and has been referred to as “a persona reminiscent of a female Tom Waits.” Her music style is heavily influenced by the blues and Americana, and she is known for her sense of melody and witty wordplay.
Melissa released her debut studio album; Stranded in Suburbia in 2004, and it was the first of three albums to be produced by her husband, Luke Doucet. Her second album, Thumbelina’s One Night Stand, followed closely in 2006 and drew attention for her eclectic and varying style; ranging from roots rock, country, chamber pop, folk and blues. Also on her second record was a guest appearance by Greg Keelor, who guest starred on the track "Skyway Bridge". In 2008, Melissa returned the favour and was Blue Rodeo’s only guest star on their live album Blue Road.
Since 2006, Melissa has kept busy by releasing another three studio albums, performing with her husband at the Calgary Folk Music Festival and contributing to several collaborations, including one Neil Young tribute album.
In 2011, Melissa and her husband Luke Doucet (who is another One Degree Connection) released a self-titled album under the moniker Whitehorse. This album reworked versions of McClelland's hit "Passenger 24" and Doucet's hit "Broken". Recorded in Sarah McLachlan's Vancouver home and also at the studio in McClelland and Doucet's home, this album shows that the couple who plays (music) together stays together!
Sources: Melissa's website, Wikipedia
- Has appeared and toured with Blue Rodeo.
- Greg Keelor sings backup vocals on “Skyway Bridge”.
"Opening for Blue Rodeo across Canada has been a dream. The first night, they invited us up on stage for “Lost Together” and Greg threw the third verse my way on a whim. Luckily Luke had the lyrics scrawled across his arm. He held them up in front of me as I sang my grateful heart out." – from Melissa’s MySpace blog