Mad at Myself
The singer/songwriter brings an explosively fresh approach and rich sound to her music; it's hard not to be drawn into the soulful-poetic life experiences that she so vividly sings about. Young's style combines Soul, Funk, and a Little Rock, delivering an edgy raw sound that is reminiscent of the likes of legends such as Betty Wright, Tina Turner, and, at times, she reminds you of Martha Reeves without the Vandellas. Young with her beautiful band, China Reign, lives for the live music, that is the backbone of her music. Young, who spent her early years in Greenville, South Carolina, singing in the church choir, started her own singing group at the age of 15. In 1999, resolved to expand on her love of music, Young lent background vocals to several artists, including reggae singer Ky-mani Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley. Over the past 4 years, Young has honed her skills as a writer and performer, in preparation for her solo debut. These days Young can be found burning up the stages of her new home Atlanta and other cities across the country. Young's music can be heard on the airwaves in Georgia, including Gainesville's 89.1 WBCX. Her album, Just Up The Road, is set to be released in spring, 2006 as one of SugaShack Music's debut projects. Just Up The Road is symbolic of the journey Young has traveled thus far in her life, at times, she says, "I feel like I am on this long country road, pit stopping in small towns along the way. Each time that I get back on the road, I've learned something new to carry with me. Sometimes I'm a little lost, but I never stop looking for my destination, I know however hard or challenging, what I am looking for is just up the road, so I keep going. Just when I feel I've gone too far or missed a turn, I look up and what I am looking for is right there, waiting in front of me." Melissa Young has arrived and is ready to claim her place in musical history.