Artist of the day: Melissa Brethauer
Singer-songwriter Melissa Brethauer, 20, attends the University of Central Florida, but her ties to Hillsborough County are strong.
Her debut CD, Waiting, was recorded at Crystal Blue Sound Studios in Tampa, and she released the disc in November with a party in Brandon. She still returns to Tampa to work with a youth ministry program.
The guitar- and piano-based songs on Waiting are soft and soulful, a la Paula Cole or Shawn Colvin, with touches of Christian inspiration. If the resurrected Lilith Fair tour comes to town, she'd be a candidate for the Lilith Local Talent Search.
You can see Brethauer this Friday (12/11) at 10 p.m. at Barnacles, 926 Providence Road, Brandon. Free.
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