Southern Songstress, Melissa Mickelson, Talks Easter Holiday and New Single "Hold On"
What first drew you to the country music genre over all others?
I grew up listening to classic country music. It was all my dad played for us! I love that country music is real, it tells real stories and is super relatable.
Your new song “Hold On,” just came out on March 12th, what makes this song so special to you?
I wrote this song about my husband. He was worked the night shift for such a long time. We high five as he comes in the door and I go out. It's just about taking time to hold to each other in this crazy life.
Being raised in an Air Force family, you moved across the US. You have also spent the past four years touring across the Pacific Northwest for hundreds of shows. Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels. What did it involve? Is there a place you haven't been you have been dying to go?
I played a venue that smoked a whole pig! They were so sweet and made each of us (my band mates and I) a plate stacked high with meat, potatoes and macaroni salad. So good. When I travel, I LOVE to try local places first. If I can find a local diner, I am set!
You have an impressive fan following online. What is it that keeps your fans engaged the most?
I like to keep it real. Life is crazy and awesome. I enjoy sharing my random thoughts, bad selfies and what I’m making for dinner. I like connecting on a personal level.
You are such an inspiration and role model to all girls of all ages. How does that feel and do you have any advice that you were maybe given that you would like to pass on?
It feels surreal and awesome to be considered a role model when I am not perfect and I still struggle some days! The best advice I can give is ‘don't be afraid to be YOU.’ It took me a long time to accept myself, my weird quirks and personality. Embrace all that you have and ROCK IT! Own your confidence.
What would eight-year old Melissa say to you now about your life and career?
Oh, man. Eight year old Melissa had buck teeth and acne. She would be so happy she got braces! She'd would be so tickled that I am making our dreams come true. I wasn't shy at 8 years old but I was shy about my dreams. I was afraid to say them out loud.
The Easter holiday is coming up, how do you usually celebrate?
I enjoy having my whole family at one table. That is how I celebrate Easter. Even if I don't have matching chairs, we are all present. I have my great grandmother's lace table cloth and china that I use every year. Making Easter dinner is a labor of love that I enjoy so much.
What is a food or condiment can you always find in your home refrigerator?
Salsa! I love putting green salsa on my eggs and chicken and sometimes even my salads.
If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?
Mexican. Tacos, guacamole, margaritas and fajitas for life.
What is your guilty pleasure food?
Lebanese food. I love jasmine rice, shawarma and pita bread.
You recorded your self-titled EP here in the heart of country music, Nashville. If you designed your own walking food tour of Nashville, which restaurants/food sellers would be on your list of places to visit?
I'm not sure I can design a walking tour but I do have some favorite places! I eat a lot of "on the go" foods when I’m in the studio and touring. I love TennSixteen in East Nashville and Merchants on Broadway. I had the most amazing burger at Merchants! Of course, I am also happy to wait in line at Hattie B's – extra pickles for me! You can also never go wrong with Waffle House at 2 am.
What is the craziest thing you've ever eaten?
Rocky Mountain Oysters! Tastes like chicken nuggets!
What’s your go-to drink when out with friends?
I love whiskey sours!
I you could be on a reality cooking show, what would it be?
Does Trisha Yearwood count?! I don't get to watch a lot of TV, but I love hanging with Trisha from my couch! She's awesome and she makes me laugh! Her hot chicken recipe might be my favorite!
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
Dr. Pepper! I love me some DP! Fun fact: I can only eat Chick-fil-A with a Dr. Pepper. Can't be Coke or Pepsi... has to be DP!
More About Melissa-
Raised in an Air Force family, Melissa developed her love for country music moving from base to base across Oklahoma and Texas. Her quirky, lovable personality along with her unique blend of country and blues has garnered her a growing and engaged fan base. Melissa has spent the past four years touring across the Pacific Northwest at hundreds of shows. This year, Melissa is honored to be sharing the stage with Joe Nichols, Trent Harmon, Bailey Bryan, Runaway June and Ned LeDoux. Upcoming tour dates below!
Music aside, Melissa is also an activist for both the female empowerment and body-positivity movements. Melissa uses her social platforms to tell women that they are beautiful no matter their differences in size, age or race. She often sheds light on the importance of hard work and determination, and encourages female’s to take charge and be their own boss. Melissa has proven to be a role model for other young women. With her new song “Hold On” and more touring on the horizon, Melissa is kickin’ up dust and charging full force onto the dirt roads of the country music scene.
Catch Melissa Mickelson On Tour:
Friday, March 30th Salem, OR Honky Tonk Saloon
Saturday, March 31st Salem, OR Honky Tonk Saloon
Saturday, April 14th Salem, OR South Liberty Bar
Friday, April 20th Canby, OR The Wile Hare
Friday, April 27th Molalla, OR Legends Bar
Friday, May 4th Bow, WA Skagit Valley Casino
Saturday, May 5th Bow, WA Skagit Valley Casino
Sunday, July 1st Portland, OR Bridgeport Village
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