Melissa James

Performing songs from her forthcoming album, Stripped Back, Melissa will be joined by her band, featuring guitarist Tom Gamble, Nick Pini on bass and Tim Nugent on drums.

Melissa’s stories bring to the fore fragments taken from her own life and those lives and influences that have surrounded her.  Her heart is large and, together with her music, which blends folk, gospel, jazz – and life tales – her songs are never without a big helping of soul.
The creation of SING4SANE, Melissa’s project, is testament to her belief in the power of music.  Willing participants were invited to join her at RAK Studios to sing and record her song ‘Live Again’, for the purpose of mental health awareness and to build togetherness among like-minded individuals.  The recording was released as a charity single with all sale proceeds going to SANE*.   “Live Again”  was originally recorded in acoustic form for her forthcoming record Stripped Back.
Melissa also appeared in Parliament to lead a Parliamentary Big Sing.  The event, supported by Helen Whately MP (Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health) and Luciana Berger MP (former Shadow Mental Health Minister) saw her lead an impromptu group performance of her song “Live Again”.
Melissa will be running a workshop prior to her concert and participants are invited to sing with her during her performance.
"Melissa's vocals are sensitive, soulful and emotional." Maverick
"James takes all of her musical loves - jazz, blues, soul, folk - and wraps them up into songs that achieve an astonishing array of moods and emotions." Jazzwise
Friday 11 May - workshop at 6pm, gig 8pm 
Tickets £15 (£13 concs)
Workshops £5 extra if coming to the gig or £10 

Riverhouse Barn
Manor Road
KT12 2PF