My First Article for Songwriting Magazine!

Mella Barnes' first article in Songwriting Magazine

It’s here! My first article for Songwriting Magazine. This is a lo-res version, but you can get the full version here: https://pocketmags.com/viewmagazine.aspx?titleid=2589&title=Songwriting+Magazine This article is based on my experiences with session singing and also from my new book. I am excited to work with Songwriting Magazine again in the future![...]


Searching for a Home for Our Studio

We’ve been in Nashville for a couple of weeks now and the search for the perfect spot continues. We've been searching for home for quite some time now and it's becoming frustrating. There are so many factors to consider. On one hand, we need a space that is far away from neighbors (at least enough distance that recording sessions won’t bother them). I need space for my dogs and any fosters I bring in. Honestly, the home in the photo would be perfect for me. I love the idea of living out in the middle of nowhere and having my own little spot in the world. Ho[...]


A Terrible Start in a Wonderful Town – My First Day in Nashville

Mella's first day in Nashville was pretty terrible.

I have now been in Nashville a whole week, and I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful place. We've felt so happy, excited, and welcomed here and we love it. But I want to talk about my first day here because it was pretty awful. Some time has passed now to where I can find the humor in it, so I thought now would be a good time to talk about it. Let's start with my dog. My dad came to help me unload stuff, and about an hour after he left, my dog Pinky started bleeding out of her butt. Here is a photo of Pinky: Can I just talk about how much I love he[...]


Walking with Ghosts

Session Singer Mella Barnes in Nashville

So I had a few free hours last night, and not being one to sit around in the hotel, I decided to go on a Nashville ghost tour. I’m so glad I did. The weather was beautiful (a drastic change from Detroit lately), the guide was nice and funny, and I learned a lot about the history of the city! I did not drape string lights over my hoodie, but wouldn't it have been cool if I did? Everyone would have been so impressed. Here are a few Nashville facts (that I didn’t fact check but the guide told me, so I’m just repeating them because I’m assuming they’[...]


Nashville Tomorrow

Mella Barnes Session Singer Nashville

In about 12 hours, we’ll be making the all too familiar 10-hour road trip down to Nashville. I have a pro-tip for musicians: When you have an important business meeting coming up, now is not the time to try a new face soap. You might end up with pumpkin sized hives all over your face in complete agony. I plan on Instagramming the inside of the BMI building (it’s gorgeous inside and out) so if I look like I’ve been stung by 300 Africanized bees now you’ll know why. Too bad I can't just put a big transparent square over my face like this, amirite? Wh[...]