Melissa Ferrick talks songwriting, speaking honestly about sexuality and more
Melissa Ferrick — musician, songwriter, singer and, now, college professor — will perform the first concert to be included in New Port Richey Library's Reel Pride LGBT Film Series, which kicks off this weekend.
The 42-year-old singer, who has released 16 albums and toured with Morrissey, said in an email interview that she doesn't feel the need to be outspoken about her sexuality, but she says it's important to be honest about who she is and who she loves.
"It doesn't ever feel like an act of 'work' to me, it just feels natural," she said. "I have been publicly 'out' for a long time — with my family and friends since I was 16 — so my sexual orientation is not something I think about at all on a daily basis. ... I do think being out is helpful to young queers, to lay some ground for them to feel like they are not walking alone."
Ferrick performs June 8 at the library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. For info, call (727) 853-1279.
For more of Samantha Fuchs' interview with Melissa Ferrick, click here.