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Melissa Forbes

If you'd told Australian vocalist Melissa Forbes back in 1999 that in 2000 she would go to a Conservatorium to study jazz and contemporary voice, perform a Rick James song at her final recital and go on to graduate a University Medalist, she would have - in the words of Cole Porter - told you to “get outta town!” But that's exactly what happened to this former lawyer who'd let her dream of singing lie idle for almost a decade, before deciding that enough was enough.

“During my time studying and then practising law, my only performance experiences were the Uni Law Review and the annual firm Christmas Parties. The thing was, I knew I performed much better on stage than I did on the receiving end of a contentious phone call from an opposing solicitor,” says Melissa.

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