She writes for all the right reasons, her songs are little gems.

Melanie Ida Chopko writes and performs, according to one reviewer, "with wit, acuity and grace.” Her songs on guitar and piano feature astute lyrics and melody, a sort of modern folk with a big crush on everything else. If Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Rebecca Solnit were neighbors and made music in the late afternoon, it might sound like this.

In the tradition of the citizen artist, Melanie is as interested in the complexity of the world around her as the one within herself, exploring both with artistry, intimacy and humor. The EP Yellow Blue Alizarin, is a lyrical exploration of immigration, the human relationship with the natural world, and family. It was a collaboration with six musicians and over 130 donors, and is accompanied by a limited-edition, 7-inch watercolor print.

In between shows, Melanie teaches songwriting & singing for adults at the renown Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, creates watercolors and drawings and trains in Aikido.

Melanie has that precious and rare quality that we long for in our artists… a unique way of seeing. Happily she also has the grace of melody and words to communicate it to us." Rachel Efron, songwriter & producer