As a student at the University of Virginia in the late '80s and early '90s, Melissa McClain sang and played guitar as a member of a band, The Taming of Rex, and an acoustic duo, Talhelm and Thompson. After graduating and moving to Michigan, her job as a high school English teacher forced music into the background. However, after missing performing for all those years, she's planned a comeback. A busy summer and fall of working with producer/singer-songwriter Michael King has brought about Melissa's debut CD entitled 'Soaring.' The collection is a mixture of lighthearted, up-beat tunes and more thoughtful, literature-inspired narratives. Her songs let the listener in--to the struggle for freedom, to the thawing of the heart when one falls in love, to self-criticism and searching. Accompanied by strong, soaring melodies, these songs showcase the poetics of lyricism. Currently, Melissa is playing around the Ann Arbor, Michigan area that she calls home.