Melissa's honey dripping mezzo lives in virtually every genre-from traditional sounds of classical musical theatre and jazz to the vintage pop sounds of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  Also known for her heartfelt performances and comedic chops, she has been praised for her work on stage in "Smokey Joe's Cafe," "COMPANY," "The Marvelous Wonderettes", "Nunsense" and the NYC premiere of "LOVESICK or Things That Just Don't Happen" to name a few. Inspired by strong female artists pioneering the music and theatre industries, along with the loving kindness and inspiration of many, Melissa began SOUL PICNIC PRODUCTIONS. Off stage she serves as a vocal coach, guest speaker, teacher, and consultant.

To work with Melissa as a coach, speaker, or consultant, CLICK HERE

To book Melissa for theatre/tv/film, please contact Craig Holzberg | AVALON ARTIST GROUP, 212-868-3200. 

Working with Soul Picnic Productions is always a delight. The shows are unique, organized and bring an energy to a theater that is like none other. Melissa brings along the full packaged show and keeps things rolling. From small theaters to large, the shows translate flawlessly. Always bringing along the highest class professionals in the business makes the experience from rehearsal to performance one you will not soon forget. Every show Melissa creates is different from the last but continues to raise the bar!
— Jessie Vacchiano, Production Stage Manager
“Melissa Hammans is an inspiration to audiences and aspiring artists alike. She has crafted a portfolio career of excellence and shares her knowledge with Belmont University seniors in their musical theatre capstone course. She is always a favorite guest lecturer for those students to glean truths about their upcoming journey and gain wisdom for maintaining creativity, professionalism, and sanity! “
— Nancy Allen, Belmont University


Shaleah Adkisson is a singer, actress and teaching artist living in New York City. She’s been seen on Broadway and on tour in Hair: The American Tribal Love- Rock Musical and off-Broadway in Rent, as well as in regional productions including Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Hot Mikado, Beehive: The 60's Musical, Ain't Misbehavin, Grease, Nunsense & Children of Eden.

When not working in the theatre, Shaleah works as an administrator and teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of freelance musicians catering to school districts in upstate New York.

Additionally, she performs in NYC and on tour with Soul Picnic Productions (Back to the Garden  and August 1969: A Tribute to the Women of Woodstock) and also serves as a cantor at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in NYC.


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Maddy Wyatt is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and musician who released her first solo album, "Backdive" in 2007 and gained national notoriety with her 2008 ode to Barack Obama,“Man for Me.” She has written and performed for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood alongside Nelly McKay, Kathleen Hanna, and The Mountain Goats. She performs regularly throughout New York City as a solo artist, as well as with her band WYATT.  Since the release of their debut EP, WYATT has toured the U.S., played festivals from CMJ to SXSW, and earned kudos from The Deli, The L.A.Examiner, and TimeOut NewYork, who says their “quirky, lilting and unpretentious songs pack a jaunty punch.”

Maddy is the producer and host of the Monday Night Tribute series in Brooklyn, as well as a proud, long-time collaborator and performer with Soul Picnic Productions. She recently composed the score and songs for the film "Breaking Fast," an official selection of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.