Melissa Ferrick is regarded by critics, executives, and peers as one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the independent music business. Melissa has shared the stage with Morrissey, Joan Armatrading, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, Mark Cohen, Paul Westerberg, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Ani DiFranco, k.d.Lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and many others.
Signed to Atlantic Records in 1992 at the age of 21, after opening up for Morrissey in the US and UK, they released their debut and sophomore albums on Atlantic before moving on to independent label W.A.R. Records between 1996-1999. In 2000, Melissa launched the nationally distributed independent record label Right On Records. An advocate of songwriter and publishing rights, Ferrick agreed to be a named plaintiff of the class action lawsuit, Ferrick v. Spotify, for willful copyright infringement. Melissa’s publishing catalog is administered by the Raleigh Music Group.
Ferrick is a Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University in the Music Industry Department at the College of Arts Media and Design. They’ve released seventeen albums over the last twenty-five years and have won numerous awards for songwriting, production, and performance. From 2013 to 2019, Melissa was an Associate Professor of Songwriting at Berklee College of Music. They hold an Ed.M from Harvard University.