Saturday April 16, 2022 07:00 PM EDT
CL's Tony Paris Recommends: Mining her father’s record collection growing up in Los Angeles, Carter (née Melissa Gottlieb) was inspired by the deeper roots of rock and soul, rather than the insipid contemporary pop of others her age. Touring the U.S. in 2019, she decided Nashville was the place for her and moved there during the pandemic. Carter returns to Atlanta this weekend to headline an early, acoustic, partial band show at the Attic. If you caught “America’s Song Contest” March 28, you would’ve heard “Can’t Make You Love Me,” a song she co-wrote with Chloe Fredericks, who performed on the program. Her music has been called “California country soul,” but I find it a bit grittier and blusters. Her songwriting team includes Kristen Hall, Missy Speert and other former Atlantans, giving her strong ties to this city, though she’s expanded her songwriting network since moving to Nashville. — TP
From the venue:Singer songwriter Melissa Carter started her career in her hometown of Los Angeles. Her earliest musical influences were those artists she discovered in her father’s record collection, developing an eclectic palate that included 60’s Soul, 70’s Singer Songwriters, and California Country Rock, and 90’s Country and Girl Rock. While most kids her age had Brittney Spears and New Kids on the Block on repeat, Melissa was drinking in artists like Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, and Linda Rondstadt. Melissa melds all of these early influences into a fresh, current sound that has been aptly described as Country Kissed Americana Rock.