Congratulations to Minor Soul!

Congratulations to MMVS artists Minor Soul for the release of their new album, Tiger, now on iTunes!

This October and November, Minor Soul is touring around the east coast. They will be in NYC on Sunday, 10/26/14 and at The Space in Hamden on November 1, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now for the #InfinityTour with AJR!

Check out the tour schedule, new music, and keep in touch by visiting The Minor Soul Official Website

BUY THE NEW ALBUM HERE! Minor Soul on iTunes


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Myths & Mysteries of the Music Biz

A New MMVS Workshop!

Tuesday, October 14
MMVS, Fairfield, CT

You’re ready for the truth, because you already know so much more than the average music fan.

As MMVSers, you know…

It’s not about who you know, it’s about who you are.
Don’t pursue fame, pursue excellence.
It’s not about competition, it’s about community.

But there are so many more questions:

How do people get paid?
When do I need a manager?
How do I get on tour?
Do I need to record an album?
How do I get signed to a label (or is that even important)?

And, perhaps the most confusing and important one of all:

When and how do I worry about social media, and how important is it, really?

In this workshop I will take you through the current, ever-changing landscape of today’s recording industry.

You will leave understanding how it works, what your options are, what step you are ready for within this process and what to do next for yourself.

Space is limited, reserve your spot here (or at the studio with cash, check or credit card):

MMVS Student: $75

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Accompanying Parent (optional): $25

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Any questions? Email us here:

Not yet an MMVS Student but interested in this event?  We would so love to meet you!  Drop us an email and we will do what we can to accommodate you, space permitting. mymmvs@gmail.com1424472_10152393616859966_1643332014_n

Excellence requires a balance of knowing what you’re doing and knowing who you are.
– Melissa Mulligan

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Ricky Manning: The Truth and The Voice

Dear Ricky,

Five years ago, in a Skype lesson from Florida to Connecticut, we invented the “Ricky Chicken Trick” to get you to access your head voice.  You were so thrilled to learn and to improve, and I’ve been rooting for you ever since.

A few months ago, in a lesson in New York City, you told me you felt like you weren’t at your best in lessons, that being observed and evaluated often brought out your perfectionism and your inner critic.  It was a teaching moment for me. I was reminded that even when an artist seems strong and confident, I need to remember that validation is always key. It was also a breakthrough moment for you as a student, because if you can be honest about where you are in your artistic development you can be vulnerable when you perform.  And this, as I always say, is when the magic happens.

In the weeks leading up to your audition we talked about staying focused on being authentic both on stage and off, never losing the “Why” inside of this adventure.  Music is your life, you have something to say and you have so much to offer.  That is the truth.

So, when Blake said “You have something in here (points to heart) that you want everybody to hear, and music is your way of doing that” – that was an epic moment of #heckyeah for me. Because that is the TRUTH.

It is the truth I see in every MMVSer I have the honor of coaching.

You were brave enough to let it show and to let your truth shine.  And you are now inspiring countless others to stand up and be heard.

Well done, my friend.

#TeamRicky #Fanning



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Good Morning, Heart Song

Good Morning, Heart Song

Dear friends,

Welcome to my free, online offering Good Morning, Heart Song.

Let us sing to you!

Starting Monday, September 1, my musical friends and I want to sing to you each morning.  For twenty eight days you will receive an email from me containing a private link to a video of one of us singing to you from the heart.  There will be morning blessings, original music from beautiful singer/songwriters and inspirational songs to help you hit the road with a smile each day!

I invited these singers to join me in this offering because of their amazing ability to connect directly to the heart.  They move me, deeply.  During our twenty eight days together you will meet my fellow vocal coaches at my vocal studio, MMVS, as well as some of the gorgeous artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with along their musical journeys.  I can not wait to share their voices with you!

Each email will also include a little love note from me with some thoughts on experiencing music as both a gift and an offering.

I can’t thank you enough for joining us and for inviting us to grace your inbox with our songs this September.

Signing up is easy.  *You will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription.  That’s it!

*I know that gmail offers tabs in your inbox that categorize the emails you receive.  You might want to keep an eye on your “promotions” tab for Good Morning, Heart Song.   If you have any trouble receiving emails from us, please let me know.  You can always reach me at

Feel free to share this gift with your friends and family.


Melissa Mulligan
Owner, Vocal Coach, Program Director
MMVS: Melissa Mulligan Vocal Studio, LLC

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Congratulations to The Downtown Fiction!

Congratulations to MMVS artists The Downtown Fiction for the release of their new album, Losers and Kings, on Fearless Records!

Last year TDF toured with All Time Low and The Summer Set, and this year’s live performances are more impressive than ever.

I love working with these guys because of their combination of hard work and passion.  And talent?  Woooo!

Lead singer, Cameron Leahy, says:
The human voice is a pretty ethereal thing, after all, it’s an instrument that’s INSIDE of us. You can’t view the strings or touch the keys, you have to feel it. Melissa’s talent lies in her ability to help the singer visualize their instrument, aiming not to correct or conform but to cultivate and strengthen the individual’s unique tone. Melissa’s direct yet articulate explanation of some difficult concepts has helped me continue to progress in singing both more confidently and efficiently. 


Check out the tour schedule, buy merch, and keep in touch by visiting The Downtown Fiction Official Website

BUY THE NEW ALBUM HERE!  The Downtown Fiction on iTunes

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Happy Spring from MMVS

Dearest MMVSers, Friends and Fellow Music Lovers,

We have some amazing surprises lined up for you this Spring.  Here’s a sneak preview…

I am heading to Los Angeles again in a couple of weeks, hosting a vocal performance workshop at Cascade Studios in Hollywood (Saturday, 4/12/14).  Registration now closed.

While in LA, I will also be offering private sessions and small group songwriting and performance sessions.  If you want to talk to me about scheduling a session, please email me here:

Several of our artists are releasing new albums and are heading out on tour, including The Downtown Fiction.   I have loved watching this song (and Cameron’s performance of it) grow from an acoustic idea to a demo to a fully realized single.  We’ve worked on his vocals on this all along the way, and I hope it’s not too sappy to say Cam, I am super proud of you, as always!

In other news, we have started an MMVS podcast on SoundCloud called “The Right Place at The Right Time.” We want you to hear you sing and talk about you on the podcast (whether you’re a student of ours or not)!  Episode 2 features a fun (and funny) interview with Jack and Max from Minor Soul in Westport, CT.  Listen for info on how to submit recordings and videos for us to talk about.

Last but not least, I am thrilled to say that we have five new vocal coaches enrolled in the MMVS Vocal Coach Master Class Series!  In addition to adding to our CT (and Skype) team, will soon have MMVS coaches working in California, New York and Boston.  More on this soon, I just can’t contain my excitement and I can’t wait to introduce them to you!


 (Don’t you love the new banner on our Facebook page?  Thank you Rob Staub Photography.  We love you.)

So much love to all of you,




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I never have the words to describe how proud, joyful, and amazed I am after an MMVS Showcase.  So let me try to find the words to express my gratitude to our friend Rob Staub for taking the most gorgeous MMVSer pictures we have ever had.  Here is a link to his gallery of more than 240 beautiful photos from on stage and behind the scenes at our 2014 Winter Showcase.  Thank you, Rob Staub the master photog, for capturing the #BestShowacseEver for us!
Love always,

Showcase videos will be uploaded to YouTube soon.  Videographer Steve Walter shot every performance and is editing them as we speak!

Just a sample of a few of Rob’s pics…


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MMVS Annual Winter Showcase and Awards Ceremony

Our favorite time of the year is here.  All of our artists from NYC and Connecticut come together to perform, collaborate and celebrate their hard work and talent.  Please join us for this gorgeous evening of music!

Performers, please click here for a list of showcase FAQs.  xoxo

Saturday, January 25, 2014

7pm – 10pm
Stratford Theatre
2422 Main Street, Stratford
Tickets: $10 in advance (on sale below) / $12 at the door
Open to the public.


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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a magical, musical holiday season!

With love from all of us at MMVS

~ Melissa, Nicole, Chelsea, Skippy & Mike

We love when MMVSers get into the spirit of collaboration and community!   Enjoy this rendition of “Story of My Life” covered by MMVSers Alex Costa and Allyson Ryan.

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