Description: Melissa met her banjo while spending the night on an old wooden sailboat in Kona, Hawaii. After hours of listening to sailor Emmett melodiously plunking her favorite Paul Simon tunes, the two (girl and banjo) fell in love and have been playing together ever since. Melissa is an up and coming singer song writer who writes original folk tunes. Lyrical and vibrant, Melissa's music possesses a resonance that is not easily forgotten. Melissa was born on Long Island, NY and graduated from Penn State, where she competed as a Division 1 gymnast and graduated with a degree in Integrative Arts. Melissa has since traveled around the United States, to Hawaii and Africa exploring worlds and sharing her music. She is currently working on her first album, The Wind it Grew Legs, and planning a US tour for the summer of 2014.