Award-winning Singer/Songwriter - Activist
Youth Educator- Birth Worker - Performance Artist
As I approach my next year of rotation around the sun, I reflect on my life and everything that I've been blessed to experience over the course of my existence. Throughout my time here, I most certainly have blazed many trails and created some indelible memories. But at the end of the day, it's all about the art. With all the collaborations I've experienced in my life, I have many reasons to be grateful.
Some of these collaborations ended as lessons learned. All of these collaborations were absolute blessings in their own way.
Every experience that we choose brings with it the possibility to expand further.
So, details for my birthday celebration are still somewhat up in the air, but trust when I say that they're coming soon. If you want to be updated, please follow the Melissa Ivey Music FB page or subscribe to my email campaign.
Also worth mentioning: I have a few dates left in October for playing house concerts. Let's collaborate to create some magic together! Contact me here regarding booking your event.
I've been thinking a lot about life and love lately. Through my own observation, I've witnessed the interesting stories that we tell ourselves about what love actually is. Likewise, I've found myself contemplating my motives when it comes to love and life.
My own views of life and love can transform radically from day to day. Some days I feel completely inspired by them both and other days I can feel completely drained of both of them. The thing is, I have a lot of love to give and I seek Life through the heart of pure, unconditional love. I can really see no other way than this for me to operate in this life.
My experiences and my life and the love that I share are what I draw upon when I create music and all of that is where I personally find inspiration. When you're pouring your heart into a song, pouring all your pain and suffering into the prose; that's what makes great music. It is what heals me and through my sharing with the world, heals others too.
It's a most humble service that I have been sent to this planet to provide. Creating music and healing through music makes my life so full and alive and amazing! Nothing brings us together quite like a good song. You know that moment: when you look around and everyone is dancing and jiving to the same rhythm and the same beat.
Music is the heartbeat of my life. It is the language of my heart. Which is why I've been in the studio creating new music. We haven't quite nailed down a release date for the new stuff just yet, but I can tell you a new track is coming very, very soon.
In the meantime, I have a few shows coming up and it would honor me greatly if you would bless me with your time and presence at one of the upcoming shows. If you can make it, October 1st, some friends are throwing me a birthday party and it sure would be great to see ya!
Thanks for your continued support of the Melissa Ivey Music Experience. I could not do this without YOU!
My schedule is steadily getting full and I have to say that I've been so blessed to play some very special gigs. I'm really excited for what the future holds and many surprises are in store, some I can talk about and others that are still in the first stages of planning…
This past weekend, I played two shows. One was a backyard concert hosted by my good friend Lisa Bell. I do have to say that Lisa's backyard stage provided the perfect setup for an acoustic set but I also had to pull out the electric guitar and rock it just a little. Lisa and her guests were so gracious and accommodating. I am so blessed to have been able to play this venue and I look forward to collaborating again in the future!
On Sunday, I also got to play a set at Colorado Connected 3. Some performers who shared the same stage include: DJ Cavem, DJ Skip Rip, Mike Wird, Babah Fly, Kayla Marquee, American Dread, and Zanib, to name a few. This very special event was hosted by 180 Street Outreach and held for the purpose of raising awareness regarding homeless youth.
Since working with the youth and uplifting and edifying them has always been a major passion of mine, playing this event was a no-brainer. I'm so thankful that I got to be part of this line-up and so grateful for the opportunity to lend the Melissa Ivey brand to 180 Street Outreach.
If you haven't come out to see me yet, there's plenty of opportunity coming up! My next shows are September 24th and October 1st. The upcoming October 1st show is a really special one as I celebrate my birthday amongst friends and family at Maze Haus in Denver, CO. Many surprises are in store, so please join us! It would be my utmost pleasure to embrace you with music, hugs, and Gypsy love. Won't you join me at an upcoming show?
As the time of the celebration of my birthday approaches, I pause to reflect...
I moved back to Colorado only a few short months ago and what has transpired since has been nothing short of magical. Using the power of my intention, I was able to manifest the exact circumstances that I require to support my life and my creative vision. My entire being is humbled by the love of this community and I find myself constantly in awe regarding the opportunities showing up.
Throughout the remainder of the year, I have many shows coming up. You can check out the details regarding those shows here. My utmost desire is to heal and restore hearts and community through movement, meditation, and sound. Currently, I can achieve these one of three ways: by playing music, by teaching yoga, and by facilitating Neurosculpting® meditation. The benefits of each of these are incredible and I feel blessed that I am the conduit through which these healing modalities are expressed in this world.
True to form, life is ever evolving and major developments are in the works. By the Grace of the Goddess, I've aligned myself with the perfect venue to showcase all these works that I've been using in my own life to heal and manifest. Additionally, the time has come for me to begin the process of finding my band of Melissa Ivey MzFits so that I can continue to grow and expand. More news on that coming soon…
For now, it is my foremost desire to open my heart and arms to the beautiful community that has embraced me and always supported me. It is my hope that through conscious intention, I can create a ripple of Gypsy magic throughout the local community and beyond. My reach is far and wide yet my heart remains humble.
More to come...
Music holds such power to uplift and encourage others. We feel the lyrics in our heart and the beat inside our souls. We fall in love to music. We get married to music. We share the most special times in our lives with music as an accompaniment. And then when our souls make their final transition, music sends us on our way over that bridge to heaven. One of the best things about a movie is it's musical score. I mean, after all, can you imagine the original Batman movie without the Prince soundtrack and Danny Elfman's musical score? It wouldn't be nearly as magical.
I've been making music for 17 years. True, over the years my style may morph and jump genres, but the music is truly what drives me to create. I have discovered the power that music has to heal others. My songwriting has become very focused and the stories that I tell so potent. I feel what attracts people to what I do is that I often draw off my own life experience--my joys, my pains, my loves, and my loses--when creating a song. Every syllable is genuine, every note a page from my own story.
These are the songs that I share when I play live. My music truly is the language of my heart. And I intensely enjoy surrendering to the moment and baring my heart with my community. I am so blessed to be part of a local music scene which so unequivocally shows me support. My heart explodes every time I see someone singing along with me.
In my upcoming house concert series, I get to share a bit more intimately. It would humble my heart and touch my soul if you would choose to join us for an upcoming show. Come feel the electric vibration of the Melissa Ivey Gypsy Rocker experience. Get immersed in the music love and embrace community with me.
See you soon!
It's been over three years now that I've made the very personal decision to quit drinking alcohol. It was a choice that I made for my life so that I could operate more fully and achieve deeper levels of connectedness in my own life. Alcohol had become a crutch for me; a way for me to suppress what was bubbling to the surface. When I made this decision, I never looked back and I never regretted the choice for a second.
As the effects of my addiction subsided, I found that I was able to achieve greater levels of awareness, clarity, and creativity. What I also discovered is that my priorities shifted significantly. I held the sincere desire to help others heal and grow through music, movement, and mental clarity. This allowed me to engage on much deeper and more meaningful levels with my creativity, my community, and my life in general.
Through this profound realization, I also discovered that playing conventional venues where the spirits flowed in excess no longer resonated with me. When you are coming from a sacred space of recovery, you become more sensitized to those spirits. This is not to say that I am in any way judging those who choose to partake of alcoholic spirits, whatsoever. What I am saying is that my own personal priorities changed.
With this new understanding of Self, I began booking house concerts. These are small, intimate events held in the comfort and privacy of home, where I could show up with my guitar and voice. My love for music and community allows for me to integrate more holistically and engage and enjoy the moment.
In addition to booking Guided meditation and yoga events, I am actively pursuing opportunities to woo and entertain your family and friends with my own brand of Gypsy Rocker spiciness. If you are interested in booking any of these events, you can contact me here. Otherwise, I do hope that I will see your lovely face and get the opportunity to embrace your presence at an upcoming house concert. You can find the details on upcoming shows here.
A year ago, I took a flying leap off that cliff of chance and left my beloved Denver community for the fast and wild times in LA. Releasing roughly 80 percent of my earthly possessions, I held so much hope for a fresh start. True to form, I worked my Gypsy magic and worked, saved, and sacrificed all that I knew to be safe and secure, trusting that unconditional love would help me take root.
Harnessing the power of our magical Universe, I landed a gig in LA on my very first day there. I began working with handicapped adults. This opportunity had me set for making rent. Little did I know how immensely blessed I would become. On my second day in LA, I visited Disney Land surrounded by love, family, and laughter. Cousin Sheila made me feel right at home and cousin Deborah invited me to study Buddhism. All these synchronicities showed up lightning fast. Through my interactions with Mary Beth, I received encouragement and support during both times of light and times of dark. I began to experience my Bodhisattva self emerge stronger than ever.
During my time kicking around in LA, I brought people to dance and began creating music with the LA music community. Invitations to jams and recording sessions began pouring in and I got to collaborate with some people whose talent gave me an out of body experience. The whole time, I had to pinch myself to ensure that I was not dreaming.
Since being back in Denver the past few months, I am blessed to have manifested the perfect home space. It is my sanctuary. It is a place where I make music and dance, sing, heal, and bathe in the love of community. This new space gives me the space that I need to write the rest of the novel that is my life. In this novel I hold space and light for not only my own temple but for yours too in a way I never felt before. I feed myself and know your hunger is mine. I am flooded with currency and know that I shall never go needy. So I am talking and thinking about expectations and unconditional love: how we can use novelty to truly give from a place that doesn't require anything back.
In retrospect, I have always had exactly what I need to get through that day. Isn't that God love? Isn't that how the sky supports the land?
So here I am today and I am performing and teaching and loving and healing myself and others. It is my intent to connect and to touch lives. Thankfully, the Universe is providing these types of opportunities through blessing me with some upcoming intimate shows. During these house concerts, we can all enjoy food, drink, music, and community. I show up with my guitar and you show up with an open heart.
If you're interested in connecting with me, please join me at an upcoming show. The next show is September 17th from 6:30-9:00 PM MST. Won't you please join us? Find out more info on that show here. For my full calendar of events, check here.
About Melissa Ivey
Melissa Ivey is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter and Youth Educator from Denver, CO. She does public speaking engagements at schools, churches and spiritual centers, and leads guided music meditations.