Melisa Devost is a singer, musician, songwriter and teacher. In her early 20’s, she dropped out of her studies of creative writing and political science at Camosun College to pursue music. After a stint in Ireland, she was accepted in the jazz program at Vancouver Island University where she was a guitar major, which she left after a year to write, record and go on the road. Since then, Melisa has released three records independently, and collaborated, performed and recorded with some of Canada’s finest blues and roots musicians and producers including David Gogo, Colin Linden, Ken Whiteley, Ruthie Foster and Canadian blues greats Ellen Mcllwaine, Rick Fines, Jackie Richardson, Carlos Del Junco, Linda McRae, Tim Williams, and Ken Hamm. Her musical acumen runs the gamut from traditional gospel, roots country and blues, to indie rock and noise.
Melisa has been making her living by teaching voice and guitar in Vancouver in the last ten years, and touring when time permits. She draws upon the many morsels of information she has learned through her own training, along with her drive to emulate and expand upon the gamut of contemporary vocal styles. Although Melisa considers herself to be mostly self-taught, she received classical voice training and voice training for theatre and musical theatre throughout her formative years. She also studied in the Jazz Program at Vancouver Island University as a guitar major, where she partook in voice training in chamber choirs and vocal jazz ensembles and has completed extensive training in the Fitzmaurice Voicework®, which literally breathed new life into both her careers as a performer and as a teacher.