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Pro DJ Classes at the Mmmmaven School!

Hey Loves!

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:

http://www.mixcloud.com/DJMelissaJane/melissa-jane-mix-1/

Much Love,

Melissa Jane xoxo

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MJ’s 2012 Recap

Hey Guys!

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

Much Love

Melissa Jane xoxo

 

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Christmas Charity Event for Homeless Veterans

Hey Caesar Readers :0)

Every year my Dad and I volunteer at the Christmas Charity Event for Homeless Veterans in Boston’s Government Center. I sing for the veterans and my Dad dresses as Santa and hands out presents (except this year-he had Pats tix so I had to fly solo)

My heart really does ache for these men and women who risked their lives and fought for our country- for us- and are now homeless. Believe it or not, they are an amazing crowd to perform for! They are so appreciative, they always cheer extra loud and afterwards they line up for my autograph and/or to get their picture taken with me.

I have to give a big shout out to Mike Soloman and his lovely wife and daughter who do a fabulous job putting the event together every year as well as Joey Scott and John Zucco who also do an amazing job putting together the entertainment every year!

I have many family members who have served in the military. My grandfather, whom I never got to meet, was a Korean War vet and my great grandfather was buried in Arlington National Cemetery right near JFK.

If you would like to donate to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, please visit https://secure.entango.com/donate/eplscoQIgfF/

Happy Holidays :0)
Much Love,
Melissa Jane xo

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Back in the Studio!

Hey Caesar Readers :0)

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I went to my Grandmas and ate SO MUCH! I love Thanksgiving! :0)

About a month ago, I got a phone call from Bristol Entertainment asking if I wanted to be a featured artist on their Christmas compilation this year- I was very excited and of course said yes! then came crunch time, since it was already November and I hadn’t picked a song, let alone rehearse it or get started on production! but, Chris and I kicked butt and got it done in record time. It felt sooooo good to get back in the studio :0)

After much research and listening to many different renditions of many different Christmas songs, I finally chose to do a cover of “This Christmas”‘, a holiday classic by the legendary Donny Hathaway.

My Christmas single will be out on iTunes and amazon.com Thurs Nov 29th, 2012 and the entire Bristol Entertainment holiday compilation will be out Dec 4th,so be sure to look out for them!

Much Love and Happy Holidays!
Melissa Jane xoxo

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War Against Drugs

6 years ago today, I lost my childhood best friend to a heroin overdose. He was the funniest, most caring person, he always treated everyone around him with love. He loved music, the outdoors, and his dog Bruce. We had such a blast together growing up, especially during the summers. He was more of a rebel than me, always causing mischief. I was more of a girl-next-door type, so we were quite opposite of each other but we got along very well (for the most part, lol). I still to this day have his phone number memorized…

I’ll never forgot the day I found out Johnny was gone. I hadn’t spoken to him in about a year because his exgirlfriend had forbid him to see me and we sort of lost touch after that. The funny thing is, I drove by his house a couple of days before and thought to myself that I needed to go see him. In hindsight, I wish I had just stopped by right then and there, because at least I would have gotten to see him one last time.

When I first found out, initially I was in shock and denial, I couldn’t express any emotion and I didn’t believe he was gone. Then my mother and I went to his house and as soon as I saw his sister Allie, it hit me and I broke down in tears. I couldn’t help but feel guilty that I had lost touch with him, because maybe I could have stopped him, maybe I could have done someone about it and saved him. But, one thing I have learned since then is this- a person has to want help and change for themselves. No matter how hard you try, or what you do to help them, it will be useless unless the person actually wants it. And when they want help and change, they will reach for it. Then and only then can anything be done about it.

I sang “Amazing Grace” for Johnny at his funeral. It was probably the most emotional performance of my entire life. Later we went back to his parents’ house and I met all of Johnny’s friends. They knew all about me and told me that Johnny talked about me all the time, which made me happy to hear but at the same time broke my heart.

A woman saw me sing at Johnny’s funeral and hired me to sing at monthly candle light vigils at her church in remembrance of all the kids from the south shore who we lost to heroin overdose. The Patriot Ledger newspaper came to one of these and did a whole news series on the heroin epidemic, including a slideshow on their website featuring a live recording of me singing. Another woman saw this slideshow and hired me to sing at a large political forum on the war against drugs held at Bridgewater State College. Since then, I have also done volunteer work for “The Truth About Drugs” campaign. Also, I personally contacted the superintendent of Abington Public Schools (my hometown) and got the “Truth About Drugs” anti drug program added to the health curriculum at Abington High School.

I wrote a song, which will be on my new EP due to drop early 2013, featuring a verse about Johnny. It’s called “The Butterly Song.”

This past year I had a very close family member become addicted to heroin. For obvious reasons, this made me extremely upset. But what broke my heart even more is that this person is a grown adult who clearly knows better and is so selfish to not care how they are hurting everyone around them who love them. Meanwhile, they are getting high and can’t feel a thing while we are all suffering having to deal with this. And what happens if they overdose? The people who love them will be left here devastated. And, I repeat, this person is a grown adult who clearly knew better… Don’t get me wrong, I still love this person very much and they will always have the opportunity to turn it all around, but it has to come from them.

So, the moral of my story is: don’t do drugs. You will destroy not only your life, but the lives of those around you who love you.

One last thing… Please share this link:
http://www.drugfreeworld.org

Much Love,
Melissa Jane xoxo

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