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What is Indiegogo?!; Melissa Jane Going for Broke to Launch Her New EP…

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

Retail Promotion

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:

http://www.indiegogo.com/MelissaJane/x/1830757

 

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

Singer.Songwriter.Dancer.DJ.Model.Fashionista.

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

 

www.melissajane.com

www.twitter.com/melissjanemusic

www.facebook.com/melissajanesings

www.youtube.com/melissajanesings

www.beatport.com/release/remember-tokyo-angel-remix/396641

 

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Photoshoot Madness!

By Melissa Jane

Hey hey hey! This past week has been another crazy busy one with my photoshoot-which turned out to be a success- Yay! We did 3 looks total, and I can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait to share them all with you! Here is a teaser photo for you! The gloves were hand made by my stylist/roommate/homegirl Emily! Another dress I wore we both made and stayed up till 3am the night before to finish it! I just had a vision of what I wanted my looks to be and when they couldn’t be found in stores we just made them, lol!

I want to give a few shout outs to those who made this shoot possible to happen:

My amazing hair sponsor, Salon Marc Harris on Newbury Street and my fab hair stylist Oriana www.salonmarcharris.com

My awesome wardrobe stylist Emily Tailer

The talented Dana Lane who was the photographer for the shoot

Makeup artist Katie from Mac on Newbury Street

My wonderful assistants whose help was so much appreciated- Rich Gilmartin from FIT (my lil cousin!) and Sarah Konops from Emmanuel College

Photographer/Hair stylist Steven Doherty for lending us his gorgeous location and helping out during the shoot as well

And of course my Dad who helped me out with a few things needed for the shoot too!

Stay tuned for the rest of the pics! We are sorting through them now picking the ones we want to use… Also stay tuned for more blogs, I have some good news on the way that I can’t share just yet ;0)

Much Love!
MJ xoxo

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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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Allow me to introduce myself…

Hello everyone, I’m Melissa Jane aka MJ. I’m a pop singer from Boston, MA…. Just a girl with a passion for my dream…. I want to tour the world, to perform in every major city for crowds of ten of thousands of people who are singing the words to my songs. I wanna collaborate with any and every talented songwriter, producer and artist that I possibly can. I want to top the billboard and perform at the Grammys (not to mention win some too, lol) I’m really excited to share my story with you as it unfolds… I have worked very hard to get where I am and things have been changing a lot for me lately, so I feel like this is the perfect time to start blogging! Currently I’m out in LA for the week- let’s call this an “artistic retreat” haha :0) so please stay tuned for this wild and crazy adventure ahead….

Much Love,
Melissa XO

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