"The Effect, it speaks of winds that shift, of mighty ocean symphonies / All because of one small thing..." The butterfly effect, also known as the chaos theory, hypothesizes that something as small as the flap of a butterfly's wing can cause significant changes in the earth's atmosphere and the absence of such can alter history. This premise is not lost on Melissa Brett, whose latest release, the 10-track self-penned "The Butterfly Ball," applies this simple theory to the more complicated subject of love. The opening title track illustrates with refreshing optimism that something seemingly innocuous can make a lasting mark on another person and even the world. From there, much like the magnificent creature which it attributes, "The Butterfly Ball," goes through the musical metamorphosis of the life of a relationship - the innocent beginning ("High," "A Love We Won't Forget"), finding balance ("Candy Morning June"), loss and disappointment ("Better to Love and Lose," "The Trouble with Fate"), hope for something better ("Above this Fallen Sky"), and, for the truly fortunate, coming out irreversibly changed ("My Journey Home"). "Recently I gained a much deeper understanding of the whole love thing," the singer-songwriter says. "The record ended up documenting the entire evolution of that experience, some of it planned, some not. It focuses on the struggles and freedoms of the heart...and of life in general." Melissa's life has always been centered on music. As a child, she would assemble musical productions in her backyard for a small audience of her parents and other family and friends. With maturity came broadened horizons, leading Melissa to perform in regional musical theater, classical training at Auburn and the University of Tennessee, and later teaching music to all ages. In 2000, Melissa made the move to Nashville where she worked as a demo singer on Music Row and polished her songwriting and performing skills at some of Music City's most famous venues, including the Bluebird Café and the Wildhorse Saloon. She appeared as a guest on Nashville's segment of the national showcase "Chick Singer Night," and opened for mainstays like Montgomery Gentry and Marvin Hamlish. Melissa released her self-produced debut album "Exposed" in 2005, garnering positive reviews from respected Music Row critic Robert K. Oermann and Paige Travis of Knoxville's popular entertainment publication Metro Pulse. With her sophomore effort, produced by Melissa and Dex Green (Collective Soul, Rebecca Lynn Howard), "The Butterfly Ball" cuts through typical mellow, girl-with-a-guitar Americana to establish Melissa as a progressive pop/rock force on the independent Nashville music scene. And like the butterfly effect asserts, even a small force is sometimes all it takes. "At the Butterfly Ball with a pair of wings you, you can never ever fall / Come on baby take your chance / Everybody gets to dance."