Introducing... Meli Music in Chicago!
Did you know that in addition to offering music services in Los Angeles, Meli Music also offers services in the Chicagoland area?
Meli Music provides services--facilitated by board-certified music therapists--to a variety of locations, including: private homes, addiction and recovery facilitates, long-term assisted living and memory care facilities, pediatric clinics, and infusion centers.
- West as Naperville/Schaumburg
- East as the Lake
- North as Glenview
- South Orland Park
and everywhere in between!
We interviewed Meli Music's CEO and Owner, Melissa Sommers, to get the scoop on all things Chicago:
What is the story behind expanding Meli Music services to the Windy City?
When I ended touring internationally to shift my focus solely on Meli Music, I realized I wanted to be closer to family. I was tired of missing yet another birthday, wedding, or get together. I grew up in the Midwest, and that is where almost all my family is; so, was a natural step to move back and land in Chicago!
Pick One: Cubs or White Sox?
Cubs! Fun fact - I have an aunt that is always wearing something Chicago Cubs-related!
Kanye West or Chance the Rapper?
Chance the Rapper.
Portillos or Lou Malnati's?
Oh, tough question. I don't like deep dish pizza nor hot beef sandwiches. I'm going to pull an 'audible' and say Manny's! I love their Beet Salad!
How has being in Chicago inspired your work as a music therapist, CEO, and business owner?
As a naturally curious person, I always love to learn; and, this is no different! Each city has its own energy and rhythm, and that informs how we relate to and interact with others. Having been in Los Angeles for 11 1/2 years, it was an adjustment to integrate into Chicago; but, I think I'm finally there. However, I do love that I still have the pulse of LA throughout the week. I think having the two different cities guide the way Meli Music provides services has been incredible for the business, for the way I provide supervision, and ultimately, for my work as a music therapist.