Welcome To Stay

Melissa Gibson

Java Joe's Records, 2003




Melissa Gibson’s second release, Welcome To Stay, is truly an enjoyable album. Very relaxing and straightforward, Melissa’s promotional materials describe her music as "influenced by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter & Joni Mitchell…full of capturing melodies and insightful lyrics… she sings about life's triumphs and tribulations and leaves one with a sense of hope."my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

All of Gibson’s songs on Welcome To Stay have a charming glow. The suggested tunes "Miles To Go," "Welcome To Stay," "The Journey" and "Sleep Well Tonight" all suggest Melissa Gibson is a sensational folk/country artist in her own right. "No Room For Blue" has a mix of folk and country. "No Room For Blue" and "Even For You" could both easily earn airplay on country stations.

"Table For Two" is another great song, with very impressive orchestration; the saxophone is a standout behind her charming voice. "Smoke And Mirrors" has pleasant keyboard work and country steel guitar. "Shade" is a beautiful ballad with wonderful gentle harmonies and acoustic guitar. "OK By Me" -- another ballad – features great vocals and perfect instrumentation.

Gibson’s promotional materials also compare her to the likes of Carole King and Helen Reddy. I would add Anne Murray to this list, as her voice and style does resemble that of Murray's on certain ballads. "Turn Back Now" is another upbeat enjoyable folk/country hybrid; "These Woods" and the closing tune "Sleep Well Tonight" are beautiful folkish ballads.

Welcome To Stay will stay on your CD player to be enjoyed over and over. Melissa Gibson's style of folk mixed with country will leave fans wanting more. Welcome To Stay, her second release, may also  rekindle interest in her debut Lighthouse Point.

Rating: A-

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