After sold out shows in NYC & LA, Back to the Garden is thrilled to play our beloved Nashville at CITY WINERY.
Produced by SOUL PICNIC PRODUCTIONS, BACK TO THE GARDEN, celebrates folk-rock trailblazers Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro. Challenged by the traditional images of women in the music industry, they bravely explored territory outsidethe accepted confines of popular music. These prolific singer-songwriters pavedthe way for women in music, art and life. BACK TO THE GARDEN honors these women, their influence, and inspiration. The evening boasts the talents of Melissa Hammans (Company, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Shaleah Adkisson (Hair, Rent), and Maddy Wyatt (Band of Wyatt). Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol’ Girls, Broadway Backwards). Original Musical Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby). Band lead by Sue Terwilliger (Carnegie Hall,The Bottom Line in Nagasaki, Japan and HBO’s The Sopranos.)
Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBRuMiD94ac
Melissa Hammans is a Nashville based Singer, Actress, Teaching Artist, and Producer. Her honey dripping vocals are at home in virtually every genre-from traditional sounds of classical musicals to the vintage pop sounds of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Inspired by strong women in the industry, Melissa created Soul Picnic Productions, a nostalgia based concert production company known for utilizing the very best musicians, singers and directors in the business. Shows include, BACK TO THE GARDEN, featuring the music of legends Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro; AUGUST 1969: A Tribute to the Women of Woodstock: featuring the music of Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Grace Slick, and Melanie; and MIND THE GAP, featuring the British Soul Sisters: Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Amy Winehouse, and Adele.
Also known for her heartfelt performances and comedic chops, she has been praised for her work as an actor on stages in NYC, around the country, and across the globe in “Company”, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe," "The Marvelous Wonderettes, “Shout,” “Nunsense,” “And The World Goes ‘Round,” and many more. Proud graduate of Indiana University and member of Actors Equity. For ADT, Reba, Scout, & Moose. www.soulpicnicproductions.com/www.melissahammans.com