(1970 - living) U.S.A.
Ferrick spent her formative years in Ipswich, Massachusetts, raised by a public school teacher dad with a love of poetry and a thoroughly devoted mom who instilled in Melissa the gifts of passion and commitment. Mr. Ferrick also managed a few free-jazz bands back then and often brought his five-year-old daughter to clubs on Boston's North Shore to listen and to watch.
The results: by junior high school, Melissa had learned the violin, bass and trumpet. Twelve years of classical training, starting with her elementary Suzuki lessons and capped by two years each at Berklee College of Music and at New England Conservatory of Music, provided her with ample background in music theory.
But it wasn't until she picked up a guitar that she truly found her own voice. "I feel like we found each other," Melissa says of her favorite instrument. "I'm constantly discovering ways I can make sounds come out of it; ways I can make an acoustic guitar not sound like an acoustic guitar."