Melissa McKinney is a singer/songwriter and musician living in Asheville, NC. Before moving here from WV, she spent 15 years as the owner of Stages Music School and The founder/director of The One Voice Project, an artist development program that offers young musicians the opportunity to travel with an empowerment and mental health awareness concert tour.
She is the lead singer of Mama & The Ruckus who recently won the honor of competing in the International Blues Competition in Memphis. She is a resident artist with LEAF Global Arts and has a passion for giving young people the opportunity to use their voices to make a positive difference in their community and the world. She is the co-founder of the WTF Music Festival coming back for its 2nd year in June of 2023. Melissa enjoys organizing events, especially ones that benefit people or causes that she is passionate about. Most recently she helped organize the No Simple Disruption/Medeski & Friends event at Salvage Station.
She is the mother of K. McKinney, a local bass player/singer who she performs often, as well as two Great Pyrenees named Dorian and Lydian, a doodly dog named Aeolian, and a cat named Locrian.
Photo by Jessica Montanez
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