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My Grammy Experience!

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 stylist/sponsor Oriana Harris of Salon Marc Harris came  with me for the week and we totally worked it, lol! We went to a variety of Pre Grammy parties including The Senate Music Group’s, Jermaine Dupre’s and Vibe Magazine’s. There were many celebrity sightings (I def had to wipe the star struck look off my face when I randomly realized I was standing right next to Usher, LOL! ) but more importantly, we got to network with some very important and accomplished people in the game (you know I had my business cards ready!).  That alone made the trip worth it :0)

For the Grammys I wore a dress custom made for me by local Boston designer Polina Pantuyshina- http://www.pantyushina.com/ – my hair was done by my sponsor Oriana Harris of Salon Marc Harris on Newbury Street- www.salonmarcharris.com – and my makeup was by LA makeup artist Joanne Kang. I def got teary eyed when I was getting ready- going to the Grammys is something I have dreamed about since I was a little girl.

At first our seats were… Well, not that great lol. But, I was just grateful to be there. Then, about halfway through the show, my friend Printz hit me up and asked if  we wanted to come to one of the VIP suites… We were like UMM, YES! So, we had to wait till commercial break to leave our seats because that’s the rule there. The suite was freakin amazing! We were with the owner of the Grammy record label, so we had literally the best possible view, right in the center of the floor! Not to mention the free champagne, oer d’oeuvres and desserts… We were just like omg is this real life?! Lol! Afterwards we went to the official Grammy Afterparty, which was pretty fun as well.

Another teary-eyed moment for me was seeing one of my very good friends, Sean, with my friend Kevin, performing at the Grammys with Justin Timberlake and Jay Z.  Sean plays trumpet and Kevin plays trombone, they both went to Berklee College of Music with me. Oriana and I went to hang out with them the next day and we were reminiscing of all the fun times we had in Boston… I can’t really explain the feeling I had when I was watching Sean on stage with JT, I’ve only had it a couple of times in my life, but it’s like this: you see someone you know so well work there asses off for a long time at something they are passionate about and finally one day you see them on stage performing the freakin Grammys. I was just so overwhelmed with pride…

My last night in LA I went to go visit my good friend and talented producer/engineer/songwriter/musician Devine Evans at the studio. Although Devine was the very reason I even got the opportunity to go to the Grammy’s, I didn’t get to hang out with him very much at all when I was there because he was also a part of the production of Justin Timberlake’s Grammy performance, not to mention he was the main man behind his songwriting team The Senate- www.thesenateonline.com – Pre Grammy Party which was quite the production itself! When I was at the studio, I got to hear a sneak peek of The Senate’s upcoming mixtape “Red Moon” and all I have to say is this: absolutely amazing. Oh, and I can’t forget that when I left the studio to use the bathroom, I found myself standing outside of Alicia Keys’s rehearsal which was happening in the very next room! My heart was pounding so hard lol… I love me some Alicia Keys :0)

You can check out photos from my LA/Grammy adventures on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/melissajanesings (if you haven’t already, please “like” my page while you are at it ;0) Please stay tuned for more on my journey to the top of the charts :0)

 

Much Love,

Melissa Jane xoxo

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Artists of the Next Generation

Hey Loves! ♥

I wanted to take some time to write about a topic that I feel very strongly about…

Budget cuts in schools are happening massively across the country, and one if the first to always go- the arts.

I am very much against this for the fact that children are the future of our race. Artists are important because they are the leaders who effect the culture- think about it… Not to mention- the arts, sports and other extra-curricular activities help keep kids busy and out of touble (for the most part, lol) and keeps kids goal oriented and helps teach them self discipline, which is a big part of growing into a well rounded adult. Plus, kids who study music and the arts are statistically proven to do better in other subjects as well.

The “What About Us?” project is giving our youth an artistic outlet to express themselves and nurture their talents with the once in a lifetime opporunity to work with producer Devine Evans and songwriting team The Senate (credits include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britany Spears, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson, and many, many more). I have had the privilege myself of working with these talented people recently and  it was quite a positive experience :0)

On September 6, 2012, The Senate is putting on a concert at the House of Blues in LA called the Hollywood Music Summit and all of the proceeds go to help fund The What About Us project. If you are in the LA area, or will be on that day, you should definitely go!

For more info about the What About Us project, visit http://www.thehollywoodmusicsummit.com/whataboutus.html

Much Love ♥

Melissa Jane XOXO

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So, MJ, what’s next?

By Melissa Jane

 

Yo yo! I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having!

I’ve had a ton of people ask me lately “So, MJ, what’s next for you?” or ” What have you been working on lately?” or ” When ‘s your next show?” Although there are some EXCITING things in the works that I can’t share just yet, I can tell you this:

Lately I’ve taken a break from my normally busy performing schedule to write and record my new EP! It’s going to be 5 songs in total and all of them have never been released before! This is going to include the song I did in LA with Devine Evans and The Senate (credits include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, just to name a few) one that I recorded here in Boston with RIO (credits include Wyclef Jean, Akon, Jada, Dropkick Murphys) and others that I am currently working on! Stay tuned for a release date as well as info on a release party!

Coming VERY soon is the official release of my new photoshoot pics! Here’s another teaser photo for you… Hehehe…

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend! I leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“Many things in life will catch your eye… Few will catch your heart- Pursue those…” <3

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California Love <3

Hey hey hey! Hope everyone is having an awesome Monday so far! (or at least as awesome as a Monday CAN be, haha) I just touched down in Boston a couple of days ago after spending a week in sunny southern California! I was there writing and recording with the ridiculously talented producer Devine Evans and his amazingly fabulous songwriting team “The Senate” (credits include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and many, many others).

Now, I will admit it- I was a tad nervous when I arrived. But that went away fast once we got rolling. They were so great to work with! I was def pushed outside my comfort zone of how I am used to doing things in the studio, since I am so used to working with my team here in Boston and how we do things. You see, there is no right or wrong way to write a song, so long as you wind up with an amazing product in the end. But working with The Senate and seeing how they do things was definitely eye opening for me. The talent and creativity these writers have is just incredible! Each person on the team brought their own individual artistry to the table that made my record complete. Including myself, there were 7 writers on my song, holy moly! LOL…

We were only able to complete 1 song because, while I was there, Devine was also busy doing the production for Rihanna and Nicki Minaj’s tours (Umm, no big deal!!!) So, while he was doing that I was able to get some much needed R&R by the pool and spent some time with my good friend Joanne and her adorable puppy Uree! She took me to the Hollywood Walk of Fame- here’s a pic of me with on of my biggest idols’ star!
Needless to say, I didn’t want to come home! Ahhh, I can’t wait to go back! So, stay tuned for the release of my hot new track that I recorded with Devine Evans and The Senate, and def stay tuned for my next adventure~!

Much Love,

MJ xoxo

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