MJ’s 2012 Recap
It has been quite an eventful year to say the least…. I definitely feel it is safe to say that 2012 was the toughest year to date for me, especially in my personal life. I’m not going to go into detail on what had happened, but spread throughout the entire year was a series of pain and heartache… however, I got through it. A wise man once said “the only way out is the way through,” and that is most definitely the truth. I am now a stronger, wiser person because of what I have made it through, especially in the past year.
Don’t get me wrong- there were also positive happenings for me in 2012. I met several amazing people whom I think and hope will be a part of my life for a very long time. I spent time in the studio with RIO (Jada, Akon, Dropkick Murphy’s, Swizz Beats), Devine Evans and the Senate (Britany Spears, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj) and Chris Billias of Bristol Entertainment (Red One, Jada, New Kids on The Block). I performed with legendary R&B group Color Me Badd and spent lots of time in rehearsal with my fabulous Choreographers- April Forrest of Bristol Entertainment and Xcel of Phunk Phenomenon, as well as my amazing backup dancers- Xcel, Coral, Ricky and Julia. I spent hours upon hours with my extremely talented team completely revamping my image and pulling off a detailed photoshoot that we are all very proud of (photographer Dana Lane, hair stylist Oriana Harris of Salon Marc Harris [my official hair sponsor], clothing stylist Emily Tailer, photoshoot assistants Rich Gilmartin of Fashion Institute of NYC and Sarah Konops of Emmanuel College). I busted my butt to pay for and complete DJ classes at the Mmmmaven DJ school, which proved to be a very worth while venture for me (shout out to my teacher DJ Matt McNeill!) I started my own record label (Norma Jean Records- check us out on FB!) and released a Christmas single (“This Christmas”) which was featured on the Boston’s Best Holidays Hits compilation. I started a blog with my friends at Coffee With Caesar (yay!) and I also spent lots of time in NYC and LA making career moves.
Above and beyond everything that I learned and accomplished in 2012, the most important was finding myself, my true identity and destiny in life… I know it sounds a little cheesy but it is the truth. It is something I have been trying to figure out for a while now… And the events of 2012 made me realize it for sure…
So, the way out is most definitely the way through… And after everything I have been through this past year, the world didn’t end after all ;0)
I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013, filled with lots of love, laughter and LIFE <3
Melissa Jane xoxo