Melisa Devost is a Canadian musician, performer, writer and teacher. After living in Ireland, she attended the renowned jazz program at Vancouver Island University. Since then, Melisa has independently released three full length records, online singles and toured internationally. She’s played with some of Canada’s finest musicians working across genres that run the gamut from traditional gospel, to blues, to indie rock and experimental noise.
Melisa’s exploration of voice informs her compositions, blending soulful melodies with prominent vocal arrangements. In addition to writing for herself, she collaborates with other Canadian artists, notably as a co-writer on David Gogo’s critically acclaimed, Juno nominated record Come On Down. Her versatile voice can be heard on a number of studio recordings, including Ken Whiteley's Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright, Kim Barlow's Saplings and Corbin Murdoch & The Nautical Miles' Wartime Lovesong.
Melisa has acted in numerous independent films and theatre productions and has directed and/or produced various theatre productions. She performed, soundtracked and co-wrote the bright and timely mockumentary, Super Gay Famous, as well as soundtracked and narrated other film shorts.
In the winter of 2017, Melisa successfully debuted her first penned solo piece for theatre, This Way It’s Poetry - A Musical Play.
Melisa is a vocal coach and regularly facilitates workshops for students of all levels, from curious beginners to career professionals. Believing that all good teachers are perpetual students, she has studied Speech Level Singing with Vancouver based master teacher Spencer Welch, and Roy Hart voice work with New York based teacher Richard Armstrong. She is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® instructor.
Melisa resides on Hornby Island, working locally and off island. She runs two choirs, plays in various musical projects and co-runs the local theatre society. In 2019 she plans to tour her theatre show, expand upon her teaching practice and release her highly anticipated EP.