Melissa Czarnik (Zar-nik) is one of the most vital emcee/songwriters to emerge on the indie scene in recent years. Mixing poetry, jazz and hip hop she has created a musical and lyrical fusion that captivates audiences leaving them making comparisons to Lauryn Hill, Cat Power and Nneka. Whether performing with the five-piece Eric Mire Band or a smaller jazz ensemble, Czarnik's live show has remained dedicated to the improvisatory nature of jazz while packed with the lyrical prowess of a poet and live energy of an emcee.
Czarnik's first two albums "Strawberry Cadillac" (HMP, 2008) and "Raspberry Jesus" (HMP, 2010) earned her recognition by NPR, Bitch Magazine, Bust Magazine, Anattitude Magazine (Europe), and Democracy Now among others. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and was a special guest performer at the Supafly Hip Hop Series #3 in Brussels, Belgium. In 2010, Czarnik was interviewed on Billy Jam’s, WFMU “Women in Hip Hop Special” which also featured popular emcees, Rah Digga and Ayana Soyini. Her album "Raspberry Jesus" was chosen on the Amoeba Music Blog as one of the top 50 Hip Hop albums of 2010. Her music has been featured on the celebrated public television show, History Detectives.
Currently Czarnik is booking a 2012 European tour and is finishing up her third album due to be released within the coming year.
Nneka, Lauryn Hill, Cat Power, 2pac, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Ani Difranco, Maria Rita, Emily Loizeau, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder