Melissa Ratley is a North Texas singer/songwriter who is brining an intriguing blending of country and pop to our burgeoning music scene. A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of attending her album release party at Dan’s Silverleaf. The house was packed and the show was fantastic. Melissa gave the crowd a solid performance of the songs that comprise her debut album.
A Lonely View, showcases her vocal abilities and budding songwriting prowess. From the first song to the last, Melissa demonstrated good vocal intuition and melodic sensibilities. Lyrically, she does a nice job of blending youthful angst with contemplative phrasing. Stylistically, her music leans more toward mainstream country, but also included a few solid tributes to the old school Country and Western genre.
Overall, A Lonely View is a solid effort from Melissa. Listening to this album, I found myself tapping my foot, humming along to the tunes and intuitively wanting to relax with a cocktail or two. It is a great collection of songs, and I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop over the coming years. To find out more about Melissa’s tour dates and upcoming events go to http://www.melissaratley.com. Her Debut Album A Lonely View can be purchased at http://eviamusic.bigcartel.com