“Melissa Chill is one of those amazing performers who can be all rockin' and bluesy one minute and then rip your heart out the next.” - Tim McLoone - www.HolidayExpress.org
To follow your dreams is to know the essence of Melissa Chill. Audiences take her...
“Melissa Chill is one of those amazing performers who can be all rockin' and bluesy one minute and then rip your heart out the next.” - Tim McLoone - www.HolidayExpress.org
To follow your dreams is to know the essence of Melissa Chill. Audiences take her music to heart because all too often she is telling their story. A brilliant and passionate singer/songwriter from Asbury Park NJ, Melissa Chill summons a mix of heartily honest lyrics paired with powerful melodies that speak directly from her soul to yours! Melissa’s voice cultivates an emotional state of mind with such power that you recognize her honesty with every note.
“Melissa Chill's voice is a rare gift; one that you experience rather than hear. It can fill a theater yet seem intimate, let you in to her world and then take you to another. When she sings a simple line like ‘I Miss You’ you weep for her, feeling her longing. Her ability to relate her experiences to the listener in her beautiful songs makes Melissa an important artist to watch.” Ron Haney - www.musichighwayshow.com
Every success story has a defining moment. For Melissa Chill it was a dare from a former roommate..."get up and sing”...she did and from that moment on, she was hooked. She has since shared the stage with such legends as Cindy Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Yorn, Rob Thomas, and Dave Mathews to name a few. She has lent her name The Warp Tour, The Light Of Day, and Holiday Express; and has also been honored to sing the National Anthem for the NEW YORK NICKS and NJ NETS on various occasions.
“Influenced by Stevie Nicks, her originals have ‘mystical’ emotional undertones and themes. In her sexy, melodic, yet (at times) edgy vocals, you can hear the Nicks' influence. Chill’s very tasteful use of vibrato, which I like more than Nicks', is incredibly complimentary to her style. She knows where and when to use it and does so very effectively. There's no overkill; her lyrics and vocal styling are like a good book, you can't wait to see what's coming next so once you start listening you'll not want to put it down.” - Danny Coleman, Rock On Radio, www.wifi1460am.com
Melissa was recently interviewed by Danny Coleman on Rock On Radio performing original music while speaking with listeners in New Jersey, Canada, and even London. Currently working on a full-length album with Ron Haney, Melissa’s sound is a mix of pop and folk with emotional undertones. To find out more about MELISSA CHILL, or contact her, you may do so at www.melissachill.com.
The Exceptional Melissa Chill by Danny Coleman - Rock On Radio What is it about Asbury Park, NJ? Is there something in the water? Is it the salt air? Could it be the atmosphere? Well, whatever it is, I'm certainly not complaining. This because I've had the...
Upstage Magazine Announces Wave Gathering Online Preview and Radio Show by Gary Wien - UPSTAGE MAGAZINE Upstage Magazine's online preview of the first annual Wave Gathering in Asbury Park, New Jersey is now online at http://www.UpstageMagazine.com/wave. The section provides a comprehensive preview of the two-day music festival, which will take place on May 20-21, 2006. In addition, Upstage is proud to announce a special Wave Gathering preview show, which will broadcast each night on its online radio station, http://UpstageRadio.com.
The Wave Gathering consists of over 70 artists performing across 12 venues spread throughout Asbury Park. The festival will allow music fans to see many of the upcoming artists in the New Jersey music scene as well as catch several top national acts.
Upstage Magazine believes that the Wave Gathering is an extremely important event for the local music scene as well as Asbury Park itself," says Gary Wien, publisher of Upstage Magazine. "As the city continues its road to revitalization, music will play a major role. Asbury Park is known throughout the world largely because of Bruce Springsteen, but it is equally as synonymous with music itself. This festival will show the world that the music continues as strong as ever!"
The online preview at Upstage Magazine's website was created for both music fans and the performers themselves. The preview contains such things as a festival schedule, list of artists with biography information for each artist, information about the venues, directions to the city, and a list of popular lodging and restaurant options in the area. In addition, the magazine has put together a section to allow festival goers a way to maximum their weekend with information on buzz bands they will want to make sure they catch; a day by day lineup of Upstage chosen acts to let you catch as much music as possible while visiting most of the venues in the festival; a look at several artists who you have two chances to see; and a look at what Upstage considers some of the toughest decisions festival goers will have to make.
The online preview was designed to make it easy for people to see the depth of the Wave Gathering," explained Wien. "For a first year festival, we think the Wave Gathering crew did an excellent job in providing an incredible lineup of artists. This is an event which should be one of the most popular weekends at the Shore and will be a great kickoff to the summer season!"
Each night at 7pm and 11pm (EST) UpstageRadio.com will take a look at the artists performing at the festival. The special radio show will allow music fans a chance to hear the artists in advance and help them decide where to go during the festival. There will be a different show each night.
The radio show is a great way to get a feel of the festival before it actually happens," said Wien. "We will be playing music from different artists each night and letting people know where they can see them at the festival. In addition to the radio station, many listeners hang out in the UpstageRadio chat room while listening to the shows. We will be inviting the festival artists to come to the chat room during the show and talk with the listeners. So each night will have both great music and interesting chat conversations."
The Wave Gathering is the result of a partnership between The Asbury Music Company (owners of the Saint, a popular rock club in the city) and All Hour Entertainment. Involving business owners, venues and artists alike, the event marks the first time that the area's best unsigned talent has come together to perform over the course of one weekend, bringing fans and attendees into town to experience all the great restaurants, galleries and local places of interest.
The following venues will be involved with the festival: The Saint, The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, Red Fusion, The Deep, Asbury Lanes, The Oakroom @ Berkeley Carteret Hotel, Be Green, The Tides Cafe, The Tiki Bar and Sunset Landing.
The time is right to usher in a new era of live, original music at the Jersey Shore," said Scott Stamper, owner of The Saint. "We're at the perfect point to expose our rich, musical talent to the national scene. We are inviting everyone to come spend a spring weekend with us and participate in this unique celebration of our heritage and our future. We look forward to seeing everyone supporting our Asbury Park music scene."
The list of artists includes Agency, Alex Brumel, Allie Moss, Amanda Cashman, Andrew Holtz, Anthony Fiumano, April Smith, Arlan Feiles & The Lone Howdies, Avery, Barghetto, Birdie Num Num and the Spirit Squad, Bob Burger, Bobby Strange, Brian Amsterdam, Carl Chesna, Chris Batten & The Woods, Christine Martucci, Cool Days End, Days Awake, Divine Sign, Eric Hemion, Exit 105, Friends Of Bill Wilson, Hamell On Trial, Helena & Maria, Hero Pattern, Hesh, Hilo (featuring Matt Witte), Indus, Jason Stanley, Jeff Austin Black, Jerry Topinka, Jessie Poland, Jody Joseph & The Average Joes, Jody Raffoul, Joe Harvard, Joe Hughes of Goldenseal, John Ginty Band, Jon Caspi, Josh Zuckerman, Joshua Van Ness, Justin Glanville, Karmic Juggernaut, Krista Polvere, Lance Larson & The Wonderband, Lisa Bouchelle, Lori Michaels, Low Flying Jets, Matt O'Ree, Maybe Pete, Meets West, Mieka Pauley, Poco, Predator Dub Assassins, Rachel Zamsteen, Readymade Breakup, Red Lyte District, Rick Barry, Robert Dye & Melissa Chill, Rock Kills Kid, Smiles Again, Spiraling, Stacy Smith, Status Green, Steven Baggs, Steven Delopoulos, Temporary Grace, The Chilling Details, The Churchills, The Commons, The Gay Blades, The Greenroom, The Successful Failures, Transfusion M, Val Emmich, What About Frank?, and Zelda Pinwheel.
We are looking forward to showing the concertgoers of the tri-state area, the music industry, and the rest of the world what really goes on with the amazing talent developing right here in our own backyard," said Gordon Brown of All Hour Entertainment. "It needs to be seen and heard. I know firsthand that there are a lot of industry people watching what happens here."
Upstage Magazine is Central New Jersey’s leading arts & entertainment newspaper. Upstage comes out monthly and is distributed for free in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Long Branch, New Brunswick, Princeton, and Trenton. Each issue is also put online and available for downloading in PDF form at http://www.upstagemagazine.com/printedition
The Exceptional Melissa Chill by Danny Coleman - Rock On Radio What is it about Asbury Park, NJ? Is there something in the water? Is it the salt air? Could it be the atmosphere? Well, whatever it is, I'm certainly not complaining. This because I've had the pleasure of interviewing some of the finest talent from the area, and MELISSA CHILL is no exception!
This fabulously talented singer/songwriter encompasses everything that's right with the Jersey Shore music scene. A tireless performer, she's currently in the studio working on a new CD that's scheduled for release in the near future. By day, she is the owner of a children's music franchise, "Aardvarks And Other Mammals" www.missmelissasaardvarks.com, which exposes young children to music. By night, a full gig schedule and several charities occupy her time.
Influenced by Stevie Nicks, her originals have "mystical," emotional undertones and themes. In her sexy, melodic, yet (at times) edgy vocals, you can hear the Nicks' influence. CHILL's very tasteful use of vibrato, which I like more than Nicks', is incredibly complimentary to her style. She knows where and when to use it and does so very effectively. There's no overkill; her lyrics and vocal styling are like a good book, you can't wait to see what's coming next so once you start listening you'll not want to put it down.
Recently, at the Paramount Theater, she performed at the "Light Of Day Benefit Concert," a charity which benefits Parkinson's Disease, where she joined local performers as well as Bruce Springsteen on stage. That's correct, she recently jammed with "The Boss."
This past holiday season, she also played along with Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz at a WPLJ charity event for "Holiday Express," an organization that brings music to those less fortunate. So CHILL is no stranger to some major talent, as well as helping others with hers.
As I stated earlier, she's currently working on a CD, where she's utilizing some of the most talented people that the Jersey shore has to offer. She is also working on putting together a band to back her on stage as she readily admits that she prefers "just singing" as opposed to playing guitar and singing. CHILL feels strongly that she can put on a much better show, and relate to her audience on a different level, when she can concentrate solely on being a vocalist.
I'm not sure what it is about Asbury Park, but if it continues to churn out the Melissa Chills of the music industry, then I'm one lucky radio show host. To find out more about MELISSA CHILL, or contact her, you may do so at www.melissachill.com.
Paramount Theater on Jan 16 by Work Smarter Now Monmouth-Ocean, NJ (1888PressRelease) January 12, 2010 - Melissa Chill will be performing new original songs on Saturday at The Paramount. Saturday Jan 16, Light of Day's 10th Anniversary Paramount Theatre show in Asbury Park from 6pm until 12:30am. The main stage band lineup includes Outside the Box, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Andrea Parodi, Jesse Malin, Bello, Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Ed Kowalczyk, the lead singer/songwriter from the band Live, plus some possible very special guests, not necessarily in that order. The second stage acoustic lineup includes Anthony D'Amato, Rob Dye, Melissa Chill, Danny White, Jon Caspi, Lisa Bouchelle, Bobby Strange and Bruce Tunkel. It ends with a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame style jam. Usual picks are Springsteen's Light of Day and/or Twist and Shout.
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc (www.LightOfDay.com) is pleased to announce the full lineup for its tenth anniversary concerts in Asbury Park NJ to be held Friday Jan 15, Saturday Jan 16, and Sunday Jan 17. The concerts will aid the ongoing fight against Parkinson's disease by supporting research into more effective treatments and a cure as well as supporting people who suffer from the degenerative neurological disorder. Poster with details available at http://www.lightofday.org/pdf/lod-10-poster.pdf.
Individual show tickets are priced at $25.00 each and are available through www.lightofday.org or www.livenation.com. Single event tix for the Paramount Theatre show are $50, $75, limited remaining $100 and $150, plus some discount seats for $25 or the event can be purchased as part the various combo "MegaTicket" packages, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze that get you into all 6 events over three days - Jan. 15-17.
Local Musicians And Fans Celebrate The Release Of Debut CDs by Uncle Mike - The Two River Times ASBURY PARK - The Week of May 22-29, 2009 - On Friday night, May 8, McLoone's Supper Club played host to a duel CD Release Party for local musicians Roger Gardella and Rob Dye. Staples on the local music scene both Gardella and Dye were celebrating the release of their debut CDs entitled Thanksgiving Day and Days To Here respectively. Along with special guest Melissa Chill, Gardella and Dye treated the packed house to over four hours of heartfelt and inspired original music.
Shaking off the rust of a self-imposed exile, special guest Melissa Chill (lead vocals), accompanied by Rob Dye (acoustic guitar) and Michael Ghegan (keys), kicked off the night's festivities with terrific covers of Bruce's "Fire" (with a nod to the Pointer Sisters and a hint of Melissa Etheridge) and Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" (Melissa shines on vocals/big crowd fave). However, it was Melissa's solo work on newly penned originals like "Shine" (wonderful vocal and acoustic guitar work), "Lost And Found" (another impressive vocal), "Somebody Else's Mistake" (hot new tune), "Drive" (chockfull of emotion) and "Blue Sank The Sky" (the loss of 911 revisited) that truly set the stage for Gardella and Dye. And while her voice has been missed on the local scene, it is totally obvious that Melissa Chill's recent hiatus has been time well spent in terms of her songwriting skills and creative energy.
Next up was the Rob Dye Band featuring Dye on lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars and a highly talented group of musicians that included Askold Buk (electric guitar/backing vocals), Matt O'Ree (electric slide guitar), Ron Haney (bass), Dave Halpern (drums), Michael Ghegan (keys/sax), Melissa Chill (backing vocals) and guests, George Ott (acoustic/ electric guitars), Layonne and Dolores Holmes (backing vocals).
Opening up with "Loose Ends" (way cool slide by Matt O'Ree), the RDB performed all 10 cuts from Rob's debut CD, Days To Here, as well as a well chosen Billy Joe Shaver cover. Some of Rob and the band's better moments came on tunes like "Precious One" (fine band jam/Matt steals the song with just a simple little guitar riff, well simple for him), "You Called Me Here" (one of their very best/big beat/Rob hot electric g/keys and d's baby, keys and d's) Billy Joe's "If I Give My Soul" (straight out of Austin, T./great beat/band has it goin' on/crowd fave), "My Baby Left Me Yesterday" (great Big Easy feel and Rob's best effort) and "Cars, Trucks And Buses" (band finishes strong as George chips in with cool electric g. and Matt rocks on slide). Hey. No one works harder on the local scene than Rob Dye and this was a night well deserved.
And while Dye might have had the most supporters in the room, there was no doubt that this night belonged to Gardella. Aided and abetted by the likes of Matt O'Ree (electric and acoustic guitars), Jeff Sund (acoustic guitar/backing vocals), Linc Davis (bass), Bob Boyd (drums), Kristian Rex (keys/backing vocals), Marc Muller (pedal steel/dobro), Yuri Turchin (violin) and Thom White and BethAnne Clayton (harmony vocals), Roger (lead vocals/acoustic guitar/harmonica) was right on from start to finish in bringing to life the songs of his debut solo CD, Thanksgiving Day From their opening number "How Did You Know" (Roger all revved up/Matt killer slide), Roger and the band were just so tight it was a sheer joy to behold as they worked their way through each and every cut including "Thanksgiving Day" (Roger smooth as silk on lead vocals/stellar acoustic guitar play by Matt and Roger), "I Will Make It Through" (sweet song of redemption and hope/a real beauty/big crowd fave), "Woodpile" (co-written by Noelle Cartisser/monster song and performance), "The Sun Is Just Fine" (stellar band #/Thom brings the energy and overall good vibe/Yuri T. is the man), "Kathryn's Lullaby" (Roger and Thom's vocals make it), "So Close So Dear" (slightest hint of Neil Diamond in Roger's vocal/Bob Boyd solid as always), "Bird Song" (Yuri steps up on fiddle/most fitting tribute to "Bird" who is gone but never forgotten), "Tennessee" (Marc and Yuri terrific give and take on dobro and fiddle/another outstanding band effort), "Aglow" (Roger and Yuri perfect together/a true beauty) and "Lost In Sussex" (joined on stage by producer Jon Leidersdorff and engineer Rob Lebret Roger, Matt and the boys go out rockin').
Look, as much as I like Thanksgiving Day and I really do like Thanksgiving Day, Roger's songs were even better live. I mean the band had such a great feel for the material, both as a group and individually, that it is unfathomable to think that they had never played together live before this night. Talk about a group of professionals. Simply put, Roger Gardella and the band just nailed it. And to be perfectly honest, I couldn't tell if there were more smiles on stage or in the audience. But I can tell you this. For as long as I have known him, Gardella has always delivered. And this night wasn't any different. Roger was perfect. The band was perfect. And the night was perfect. End of story!