Outstanding singer and vocal activist Melanie DeMore believes in the power of voices raised together to bring social and political change. As the subject of 'Stick and Pound,’ she has helped preserve the African American folk tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. In her 30 year career she has taught, lectured, mentored, conducted, directed and inspired both children and adults. She has presented, conducted and soloed internationally, including Festival 500 in New Foundland, Canada and Chorus America. She’s adjunct faculty at California Institute for Integral Studies, lead teaching artist for TEMPO at UC Berkeley and a featured presenter for SpeakOut! Institute for Social and Cultural Change. She has performed with Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Odetta, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, and MUSE Cincinnati Women's Chorus, among others. She truly embodies her own principle, 'A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you".