By Jack Kelly Last Monday, on April 15th, 2013 I awoke with butterflies in my stomach. The butterflies I felt were a mix of nervousness and excitement. For anyone who has ever
By Jack Kelly (former Neighborhood Liaison for Boston Mayor Tom Menino) As the news filters through Boston and the rest of the country, of the impending retirement of Mayor Tom Menino,
By Stephanie Burke Brockton native Little Poopy (whose real name is Luie Rivera Jr.) is taking the rap world by storm. He has worked with the likes of P. Diddy and been
Hey All :0) I just got back about a week ago from being in LA for the Grammy’s! It was so amazing being out there during all of the excitment! My hair
As some of you may know, I recently completed the pro DJ course at the Mmmmaven School in Cambridge, MA ( Www.mmmmaven.com ) In hindsight, it was totally worth it! I eat, sleep and breath music, so being a DJ is another creative outlet that I’ve been wanting to add to my tool belt for a while now. I can now mix and beatmatch on the turntables and navigate myself through Serato (Pro DJing software!) I honestly love it and can’t wait to get out there and spin for a live crowd! My very first DJ gig is this coming Tuesday, Jan 29th at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA At 9pm, along with my fellow DJ course grads! Ahhhh I’m so excited! See you there?!
I have to give a big shoutout to my DJ teacher, Matt McNeill (follow him on twitter: @m_mcneill), he was so pro and such a fab teacher! You could tell that he really wanted us to do well and was dedicated to making sure we really got the material of the course…
I would def def def recommend this course to anyone interested in becoming a DJ!
You can check out my very first DJ mix here:
Melissa Jane xoxo
Melissa Jane has officially launched her indiegogo campaign! But…
What is indiegogo, anyways? Continue reading to find out
WHAT DOES INDIEGOGO DO?
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise
money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the
word out. Indiegogo is also a place to discover what people all over
the world are passionate about and how to get involved.
WHO USES INDIEGOGO?
People all over the world are using Indiegogo – both to raise money and to contribute to other people’s passions. There is no limitation on who can use Indiegogo as long as you have a valid bank account.
WHY DO PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE TO INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGNS?
People contribute to campaigns for many reasons, but usually it’s
because they want to be involved in what the campaign is doing or
because they want the perks that are part of the campaign.
OK, SO WHO IS MELISSA JANE?
Introducing Melissa Jane: 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.
WHY IS MELISSA JANE LAUNCHING AN INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN?
First, I want to say thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about my campaign. I am an independent artist from the Boston area working hard to finish producing my EP. Having performed all over the east coast and releasing a few singles along the way, I am finally taking a huge step forward in my career and need a little more help from to get there. I am so thankful and lucky to be making this EP and am only here with the help and support of my fans and sponsors along the way. Thank you for believing in me thus far and I hope that with a little more help that we can all be dancing to my new single this Spring! :0)
Creating the EP is only half the battle. I am hoping to really make a
big splash with this release, and I know that means smart marketing.
I’ve met a reknown music marketing company in San Francisco,
Independent Distribution Collective, to get the plan set.
We are hoping to create a buzz across the U.S. and then grow a
worldwide fan base and exposure throughout 2013. Here is a breakdown of expenses included and what is included:
Finish producing EP Single = $1,500
Marketing Campaign = $6,000
2 Month PR Campaign
US Radio Promotion
Digital Marketing Campaign
Web promotion and SEO
Music Video with = $6,000
EP Release Party (which you are so invited to!) $500
Indiegogo fundraiser campaign fees= $100
I’m hoping that launching this EP will help secure a deal to finish the full album. Each contribution helps me get closer to that goal. Our goal is set at a modest $14,000 but in actuality, finishing the album and going on tour will take $33,000+.
I’ve assembled a number of rewards packages as my way of thanking fans that help bring this dream into light. These “perk” packages range from as low as $1 to as large as $5,000.
GREAT! HOW CAN I HELP?
It’s simple, just click the link here to go to the official campaign:
When on the campaign site, click the red button on the right hand side of the page that says “contribute now”
That will bring you to the next page which has easy instructions on how to donate, including choosing an amount, a perk package, and then making your donation! I can assure you this is a very secure site, and that people all over the world have used it to rais millions of dollars for their campaigns!
Don’t worry if you can’t donate, I still need your help! Please help share this campaign with your social networks.
-Ask peeps to get the word out and make some noise
-You can use the Indiegogo share tools
Thank you for reading! Much Love and Happy New Year!
Melissa Jane xoxo
Entrepreneur.Dreamer. Humanitarian.Future Pop Icon ♥
“Your like a rock-star, really smooth and sh*t, just like a little diamond.”-Jay Z to Melissa Jane
“When Melissa Jane pulled me up on stage and sang to me, I felt this electricity- I haven’t felt electricity like that since I worked with Cameron Diaz on the set of “There’s Something About Mary”! What a voice! Wait until you see her, it is quite a show with her dancers! And let me tell you, visually-Melissa is an absolute knockout!” – Comedian
Steve Sweeney (“Me, Myself & Irene”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Baywatch”)
“Remember is a great song! Can’t wait to hear the album, bet it’s gonna be a knockout!”- Frank Knuckles (The Roots) on Melissa Jane’s single “Remember” via Twitter
“I love your voice! You are a star! Your voice and performance matched the song perfectly! Don’t ever stop singing!” – Kat de Luna (Billboard chart topping artist and Billboard Latin Music Award Winner on Universal Motown Records) to Melissa Jane
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
By Stephanie Burke
By now we have all heard of the unspeakable tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. We have heard the names of the victims and heard details of the monster who took the lives of 26 people. But the questions still remain, how and why?
I just can’t fathom how something like this could happen. These innocent children woke up, probably excited about the holidays and couldn’t wait to go to school and talk to their friends. These parents trusted that their children would be safe and their innocence kept while they went off to learn. I can’t imagine the horror those parents felt when they got that phone call. I can’t imagine how scared those children must have been as they watched in horror what was going on. Did they even realize such evil existed in this world?
I hate to say it but it seems like every week there is a tragedy. A shooting at a mall, a shooting at a movie theatre, a shooting at a school…the tragedies keep piling up. It makes me wonder what as a society are we doing wrong! Lets face it evil is evil but 20 years ago public shootings were not the common place. Something must have changed. We have to be doing something wrong. I think it is up to us as a nation to pull together, figure it out and fix it. Immediately people started blaming gun control and mental illness, bottom line is that these things have always existed in society and public shootings were not common place!
Since the tragedy, Facebook, Twitter and the internet has been inundated with stories of heroism that took place in those final moments. We have heard from some of the victims’ families and heard about some of these amazing children and adults that were taken from us all too early. The reality is no matter how many vigils we hold or how much we say we will never forget we will never comfort those who have lost something so special. No amount of news coverage can truly express the over whelming sadness that is felt by anyone who hears of this horrendous act. I know personally that every time I start to watch the news coverage I cry uncontrollably. The lives of everyone changed that day, especially those children who lived, the first responders, as well as the families who had a child taken from them. Innocence was lost and the horrors of evil reared its ugly head in what is supposed to be a magical time of year. My heartfelt condolences to those families who lost a loved one and the entire community of Newtown, we are all praying for you. I can only hope that we as a nation find a way to make sure this never happens again.
Below is a listing of the names and birthdate of the victims. Please keep their families in your prayers:
Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006
Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005
Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983
Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006
Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006
Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006
Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965
Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006
Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006
Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005
Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006
James Mattioli, March 22, 2006
Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005
Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960
Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006
Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006
Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006
Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006
Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006
Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006
Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982
Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956
Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985
Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006
Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006
© 2012 Stephanie A. Burke
(Please note that this material is copy written to Stephanie A. Burke. Any reproduction is strictly prohibited)
Hi All! As some of you know I have been working on my second book! I wanted to share a little piece of it. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think. Please keep in mind this is a first draft that I know needs work. Enjoy
Love…a four letter word to the core. Some throw it around carelessly. Others don’t say it in public. As a hopeless romantic from the first time I saw Prince Charming slip the glass slipper on Cinderella…I was hooked! Love had to be like that. Someday my love would ride up on a white horse and “save me.” Then we would live happily ever after.
As I grew this notion was thwarted at every turn. Girlfriends would tell me “you don’t want to be in love, you want to be in love in a movie”. I would always reply to them “so what. Men like that have to exist because the stories have to come from somewhere.” I would cling to those third act twists where the man ran to the airport to profess his love for the woman. Then they would live happily ever after. I would find hope in those romance novels that had epic love stories that caused me to feverishly read the book because I had to see these people in their happy ending.
I mean sure I experienced heartache and pain in my life. I loved and lost. I had my heart-broken, and I broke a few, but I just believed it was because I hadn’t met that one yet! Some day when I was ready the universe would deliver this perfect man. My true love and Prince Charming then I would get my happily ever after.
Then something happened. One day I woke up. Like any other day I went to work and went about my day. Then I realized…wait…I’m 33! Prince Charming was supposed to be here by now. I mean when I was a little girl I always imagined that by this age I would be intensely in love, married, and have children. So why didn’t the universe deliver him yet?
Maybe it is the times we live in. Thanks to the invention of social media we are made acutely aware of what our peers our doing. I mean check out the news feed on Facebook and someone is always going from Single to In a Relationship, In a Relationship to Engaged, and Engaged to Married. Or better still we see announcements of babies on the way or pictures of the new little ones that have just arrived. I mean of course you are happy for them. But deep down, in the tiny corner of our soul, I’m sure you are thinking “Why can’t that be me?”
I think Charlotte from Sex in the City said it best, “I’ve been dating since I was 15, I’m tired, where is he!” I mean the reality is that most of us are not the exception we are the rule. Most of us will wait for Mr. Right for a very long time. While our road of life is littered with Mr. Right now, Mr. Not so nice, Mr. I will cheat on you and my personal favorite Mr. I will promise you the world and not deliver.
Many of us have had to kiss a lot of frogs and are still waiting for him to turn into a prince. We have all, at times, been blinded by what we thought was love. We make excuses, we explain things away, and refuse to listen to our friends and loved ones because “they just don’t know him like I do.” All the while our subconscious is telling us that we know better.
As a woman we have this extra sensitivity chip. It is hard for us to just cut our losses and move on from someone who is a part of our life. Once we are in it we are in it for the long haul. Unfortunately this is not always true of men. They have the ability to just walk away and say “next”. Women take the more dramatic route. There are almost always tears involved and sometimes a pint of ice cream.
We women will sit an analyze everything from the first kiss to our last goodbye. We will torture ourselves while our friends and family all say “I knew he was a jerk.” While we sit there and think “you did? Cause last week we were talking about how he was the one and you agreed.”
I don’t know about you but I have had my fill of the Misters. It is time to break these men down story by story and see if we end up at Prince Charming…….