Boston Pop Singer/Songwriter with a Voice to “Remember”
The next big thing never sounds like anyone else, and neither does Melissa Jane.
... First the voice: a sultry breath of soul, sweetened with honey. Then the piercing eyes, killer curves, and earthy cool of a girl with natural sex appeal. Lay it over her hot single “Remember” - which is rocking dance clubs on four continents and landed her a nomination for 2011's Best Independent Artist - and you’ve got a star ready to blow up.
Copycat, Melissa Jane is not. While she names Pop/R&B goddesses like Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Aretha Franklin as influences, “you can’t really compare Melissa to anyone,” says producer Rio, who co-wrote and produced “Remember” with Melissa at Bristol Entertainment in Boston. “She has her own style, full of blue-eyed soul. The successful artists I’ve seen are the ones whose drive you can’t kill, and she has that."
Melissa is currently working on her new EP with RIO (Akon, Swizz Beats, Jada, Dropkick Murphy's), Devine Evans and the Senate (Rihanna, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj) and a few other talented producers and songwriters. Meanwhile, “Remember” can be heard in clubs and on radio in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, London, and down America’s east coast. Production team Tokyo Angel of Tokyo, Japan remixed the track for Barzet Records—hear it now on beatport.com. Melissa was even tapped to sing “Remember” in the Massachusetts indie film Sunblocked.
Oh, and consider Jay-Z a fan. The hip-hop icon has called Melissa “a rockstar…just like a little diamond,” and percussionist Frank Knuckles of The Roots gave her a shout-out on Twitter. A proud fashionista, she did all the artistic direction for her most recent photo shoot herself, and she even scored an official sponsorship from Betsey Johnson. Salon Marc Harris and women’s clothing retailer 344, both of Boston, are also proud sponsors.
A bold performer, Melissa has played hundreds of shows from Boston and New York to Orlando and New Orleans. Gigs at Boston’s legendary Hard Rock Café and Paradise Rock Club are on her résumé, and she sang the National Anthem before 38,000 Red Sox fans at Fenway Park, at a New England Revolution game in Gillette Stadium, and before NASCAR races at New England's Seekonk Speedway. Her and her fabulous backup dancers most recently shared the stage with legendary R&B group Color Me Badd.
“I’ve got big goals. Hitting #1 on Billboard or winning Grammy Awards would be amazing. But honestly, I've always dreamed of performing at Madison Square Garden and collaborating with The Roots, Jay Z, or Kanye West,” says Melissa.
It’s an ambition shared by many, but the talent is all Melissa Jane.