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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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VOTE FOR MELISSA JANE- BOSTON’S BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST 2012!

VOTE FOR MELISSA JANE- BOSTON’S BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST 2012!

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.
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“Ur 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

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www.melissajane.com
www.twitter.com/melissjanemusic
www.facebook.com/melissajanesings
www.youtube.com/melissajanesings
www.beatport.com/release/remember-tokyo-angel-remix/396641

VOTE FOR MELISSA JANE- BOSTON’S BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST 2012 NOW ATwww.nightlifeawards.com

When you log in, click on “nominate for 2012” then “award categories” then “people” then ” Independent Artist”… Thank u so much for the love and support, it is greatly appreciated!

Much Love,
MJ xoxo

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Melissa Jane LIVE with Color Me Badd!

Hey hey!
This Sat night, August 4th, 2012, I’m opening for the legendary R&B vocal group Color Me Badd at the St Agrippina Feast in the North End of Boston! I go on at 8pm, Color Me Badd is at 8:30 and I go on again around 9:30. The show is all ages and FREE! The stage is located on Hanover Street by the corner of Commercial Street. If you will be in or around Boston this weekend, you should come! :0)

I have been in crazy rehearsal mode prepping for this show with my choreographers Jonathan “Xcel” Escotto of Phunk Phenomeon and April Forrest of Bristol Entertainment! I will be sharing the stage with my fabulous backup dancers- Xcel, Coral, Ricky and Julia! We have quite the performance lined up and I will be debuting 2 brand new songs that I recently recorded, so you def won’t want to miss it… ;0)

For more info on the St. Agrippina Feast, visit the website www.saintagrippinaboston.com

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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