Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Meli Levi is equal parts sensitive singer-songwriter, eclectic rock and Americana with a dash of indie attitude! Meli is a gifted songwriter who creates songs that highlight the seemingly opposite polarities of the human experience. Her unique moody guitar stylings are complimented by a dexterous voice that can have a "prairie-dog cuteness of Brandi Carlile...but can crescendo like Jeff Buckley..." - Seattle Sound Magazine
Meli has been likened to artists such as Brandi Carlile, Jeff Buckley, KT Tunstall, The Beatles, Counting Crows and Ellen Mcllwaine, but with a style and flavor all her own.
Meli has been honored to share the stage with such music icons as Brandi Carlile, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Bitch, Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) and more. She was recognized with a Runner Up award in the Alternative Category of the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest and won 4th place out of hundreds of participants in the annual Seattle Wave Radio Contest as the only solo act in the Finals.
Born in Tennessee of a Jewish Northerner father and a Baptist Southerner mother who met on the hippy commune “The Farm", Meli had the courage to come out as queer at the early age of 14 years old. She was kicked out of her home 6 months later when her stepmom found out she had a girlfriend. During the remainder of her high school years, Meli shuffled around to three different homes and spent a summer homeless. This time period left Meli chiseled with grit, a whole lotta heart and a spirit of independence!
When she was 20 years old she moved her band Seeing Blind from Ann Arbor, MI out to Seattle, WA. Along with steady touring up and down the West Coast, Meli recorded studio albums with Seattle-based producer/engineer Jonathan Plum at the legendary London Bridge Studios in Seattle (Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile) and worked with Seattle production legend Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney) at Soundhouse Recording.
Meli recently took some years away from performing music to study meditation techniques in the high mountain deserts of Eastern California. This period greatly influenced the music she is creating now. It challenged her to question what she thought she knew about life and herself, to move through the places inside that are uncomfortable and discover a deeper connection with music and creativity.
With multiple tours in over 30 cities in 10 states and festival performances such as SXSW, Sonoma County Pridefest, and NW Folklife, Meli is gearing up for more festivals and a West Coast tour this Summer!
Meli's latest release, 'Crowned', (co-produced with Grammy winning, multi-platinum engineer Isha Erskine) is out on all streaming platforms now.
Meli is currently back in the studio recording her next release!