Melissa Lauren is an accomplished young singer and songwriter making her mark in the Toronto music scene. With a strong influence in jazz and blues, Melissa has developed an original style of her own melting together old school sounds with modern flare.
Melissa’s latest album, “The Other Side”, will be released in March and is a collection of original compositions and standards. A tribute to the jazz and swing sounds that shaped her musical style, the album offers a variety of classic sounds, mixed with modern pop sensibilities.
The singer’s love for swing and jazz music started when she started performing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band; she continued singing with them until 2004. She had the opportunity to work with and open for many wonderful musicians; Jeff Healey, Gordon Lightfoot, Renee Lee, Henry Questa, Tommy Ambrose, Peter Appleyard, Buddy DiFranco, Jackie Richardson, and Clark Terry to name a few.
After releasing her first solo CD, Melissa was invited to sing at Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival in the Summer of 2006 as well as the Beaches Parti Gras Festival, and since then has been immersing herself in the Toronto music scene. She has been playing regularly at venues such as “Trane Studios” “Ten Feet Tall”, “Gate 403”, “Dominion on Queen”, “Statlers”, “Reservoir Lounge” and “The Rex.”
In addition to her own music, Melissa has recently been lending her voice to studio work in the electronic music scene. She has sung on five of producer/writer Hibernate’s recently released tracks, one of which was the opening track on seminal pioneer trance DJ Paul Oakenfold’s most recent compilation album, released under Perfecto Records. You can check out these tracks on the links page of the website.