Songwriter / lyricist Melissa Axel studied at Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music and went on to earn her master's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts on a full scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, creating the multimedia stage production The Human Adventure.  The song "Fall This Hard" went on to be featured in the award-winning film Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, and Axel wrote custom songs for Gia and Dragon (Easterseals Disability Film Challenge) and “The New Normal” for the end credits of Whitney’s Wedding (BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM, Focus On Ability Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia).

Before moving to L.A., Axel spent six years in Denver and was twice awarded scholarships to participate in UK songwriting workshops hosted by the WOMAD Foundation, co-writing the song "Every Place Is Home" with Peter Gabriel collaborator Andy White.  Axel is also Associate Producer on live-to-film concerts with celebrity singers at the Hollywood Bowl, such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid, La La Land, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as well as A Whole New World of Alan Menken, working with the legendary songwriter on his retrospective solo show.

With the support of nearly 200 backers on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, Axel raised over $7,000 to finish LOVE . HUMANITY . METAMORPHOSIS, an album of all original songs.  Pressed on limited edition vinyl, the LP features a wealth of talent, including DeVotchKa's Tom Hagerman, Mackenzie Gault of Flobots, and string arrangements by award-winning composers Matthew Nicholl and Kailin Yong.  An active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Society of Composers & Lyricists, Axel is currently working on a new project of short film musicals called Driven: Modern Musicals About L.A. Artists and co-writing songs for the musical short film Slightly Composed.

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