Melissa Hembree is a Singer/Songwriter from right here in Okemah. “Her self penned tunes are well crafted, well played, and sung from the depths of heart. A strong, powerful voice that speaks with full authority of a life lived with danger in the no passing zone.” Rick Reiley, Corridor Magazine.
Melissa’s songs are full of quick wit that she delivers with a double barrel of vengeance. Influenced by strong outlaw woman like Jesse Colter, Tanya Tucker, and Lucinda Williams, her hard hitting lyrics come out swinging and tell a story of a life hard lived. In 2013, she recorded her EP titled Pieces of Me in Stillwater Oklahoma. was released, followed by her sophomore album, Down The Rabbit Hole in 2018. In 2020, she received the “Home Away From Home Artist of The Year” award from the Tulsa Music Awards.
This summer, the pavilion in Okemah’s Noble Park will be named in her honor. Melissa is proud to call Okemah home and to be a part of the Woody Guthrie Festival.