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Jessica Carter is a singer-songwriter from Columbia, MO. Jessica began her love for music at age three, while repeatedly beating and singing on coffee cans. Her influences range from many genres of music including: Johnny Cash, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Queen, Eagles and many more.
After years of being involved in music through school, she began trying her hand at songwriting. She would then pursue a degree to further her knowledge and skills in music. Jessica graduated from Central Methodist University in 2014 with a bachelors in Music Education. From there she would go on to teach elementary music in Mid-MO for the next 5 years. Through teaching she learned how to be a better musician, by helping her students to be confident in their work.
As she continued to push her students to follow their dreams, at whatever talent they exceeded in, Jessica decided to take her own advice. In the fall of 2019, she is trading her midwest roots and teaching degree, for the music scene. She will finally pursue her dreams of being a singer-songwriter!
The Vinyl Show will be broadcast from the Family Music School in Manchester this month and streamed live from 11am to 7pm on Alabama Jams Online Radio and WFMC Jams. This month's theme will be music from the 50's era! Shows are also rebroadcast every Wednesday on Heat FM Radio
Melissa Ellis is an award winning singer-songwriter and a 2020 quarterfinalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN where she shared the stage with over 100 rising solo/duo blues acts from all over the world.
Beginning her professional career as a singer/actress/dancer in theater at the age of 16, she performed in regional tours before moving on to study classical and jazz music at Tennessee Technological University as a vocalist while pursuing a singing career in Nashville.
In 2009, Melissa released her debut album Melissa Benjamin, lending her seasoned talent to the world of bluegrass & gospel. Her original single, “Crossville,” was adopted by her hometown as the official city song. While touring, she found new inspiration and started writing more original songs. With new songs came a new sound that evolved into a more soulful genre.
Melissa’s sophomore album, Just Me, was released in 2011 and as a multi-instrumentalist, the album showcased her musicianship on guitar and piano, as well as more of her original material.
Melissa’s latest musical journey brings out the raw emotional sounds of blues & her training in jazz. Her repertoire includes her original songs mixed with re-imaginings of familiar classics that are presented in fresh new ways. Melissa has landed opportunities that have placed her on world renowned stages, on radio, on television, and at high profile festivals, including Nashville’s acclaimed CMAfest where her soulful style was showcased among the sea of rising country twang.