I'm excited to announce that I recently won the Regional Blues Challenge hosted by the Smoky Mountain Blues Society in the solo/duo category. Now, I'm going to Memphis to compete against over 260 acts from all over the globe in the 36th annual International Blues Challenge, January of 2020!
I am responsible for covering my own expenses for this trip and, as you can imagine, costs begin adding up.... gas, food, overnight stay, BABYSITTERS--remember, I'm a mom of four! To help facilitate raising those funds, I have started a Go Fund Me page to receive online financial contributions from those who wish to support me in this exciting endeavor. Any amount is a blessing to me, however, incentives start at $5 to show my appreciation for your support.
$5 - I will send you a handwritten Melissa Ellis postcard to thank you personally for your pledge.
$15 - Will get you a thank you postcard and a Melissa Ellis: Southern Spitfire window decal.
$25 - You will receive my first-ever a thank you postcard, the window decal, and a Southern Spitfire magnet.
$50 - Will get you the postcard, a Southern Spitfire decal, magnet, and my bluegrass-gospel CD "Crossville" (which is technically out of print).
$75 - You receive not only a handwritten thank you postcard and a Southern Spitfire decal and magnet, but also my bluegrass-gospel CD "Crossville" AND my live CD recording of "Just Me".
$100 - You receive a "Melissa Ellis: Southern Spitfire" t-shirt on top of the postcard, decal, magnet, and the two CDs.
Top tier contributions of $500 get a HOUSE CONCERT package! We arrange a date and time. You invite your friends. I bring the equipment. You get a private, solo concert in the comfort of your own living room (or wherever there's electrical power). You also get the aforementioned gifts.
**Must be within 120 miles of Crossville, TN or agree to pay travel if beyond 120 miles.
I'm still in a state of shock over this win, but have begun preparing for January. I want to bring my best and honor the support I've been given over the years from friends, family, and "frands". This GoFundMe will remain open even through my time in Memphis, in case you're a procrastinator or become a new "frand" of mine over time. I will document my journey through regular social media updates so you can be there with me in spirit as this Southern Spitfire burns through Beale Street!
Many thanks to all my family, friends, and "frands"!