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Melissa's latest album, 

"Your Mess" is available on iTunes: 

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Some words on "Your Mess":
 

"Melissa is a prolific young songwriter....the band's gorgeous slowed-down take on the Police tune "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" is a highlight." 
         
                                                                                                           Cathy Riches, Wholenote Magazine 


""Your Mess" shows (Melissa's) development as a Songwriter...a jazz-pop chanteuse with eclectic taste..the results have a playful feel." 

                                                                                                             Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music 

 
Your Mess.  Life is a mystery that keeps unfolding, sometimes before you can catch up.  A beautiful mess of chaos, heartbreak, love, joy, anger, pride, upheaval, surprise. There is a fascinating human instinct that causes us to shy away sometimes from what ignites us the most. 
 
Music ignites me. It is such a part of my life in which other aspects get completely engulfed, and I am drawn to beings, places, situations, with which it can coincide, from which it is fuelled.
 
I would like to thank the musicians: Mark Cashion, Nathan Hiltz, Eric St-Laurent, Sly Juhas, Kelsey McNulty, Michel DeQuevado. I am honoured to have worked with all of you, and truly understand the magic of being part of a band. 

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"Escape art" - a tribute to some of music's most influential refugees

 

A few months back, while grappling with my political stance on the Syrian refugee crisis, I found myself wondering how these issues influence the arts. So I've been working on a bit of a project, which pays tribute to some of music's influential refugees. I'll be featuring some of these tunes Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 at the Rex in April, covering Bob Marley, Irving Berlin, Marlena Dietrich, Wyclef, Vernon Duke and more.  Here is my favourite, Freddie Mercury, who flew from the sultanate of Zanzibar with his family during the revolution, where they started a new life in the UK.  Below is my take on Queen's "Somebody to love." (A very epic tune, hard to touch, but I love it..) share if you like!


MELISSA'S INTERVIEW WITH THE GARLIC HARLOT:

By far the most fun interview I've done to date.  Dana Rogers from the Garlic Harlot chatted with me about music AND food and created this amazing recipe for me..
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Request Melissa on CBC radio: http://www.cbc.ca/hereandnowtoronto/contact/
Check Out My interview in Canadian Beats Magazine:

http://canadianbeats.ca/2015/10/25/interview-melissa-lauren/ 

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    #birthday #pooped
  • My little miss is 4 months old today.  Sweeter than ever.  Even while teething. :) #mybaby #newmom #4monthsold
    My little miss is 4 months old today. Sweeter than ever. Even while teething. :) #mybaby #newmom #4monthsold
  • Rainy day ROM outfit.  Tattoo exhibit here we come!
    Rainy day ROM outfit. Tattoo exhibit here we come!
  • Wrote a new derge.  As per usual, can't get out of the bridge!  #songwriter #newtunes #jazz #blues #pop #roots #
    Wrote a new derge. As per usual, can't get out of the bridge! #songwriter #newtunes #jazz #blues #pop #roots #
  • Me and my miss in our Sunday best. She even gave me a signed card. #alldressedup #mybaby
    Me and my miss in our Sunday best. She even gave me a signed card. #alldressedup #mybaby
  • Note the strategically placed aunt hill.
    Note the strategically placed aunt hill.
  • Too sweet for words.
    Too sweet for words.
  • Helping me do some work recordings.  May have to start tracking baby hiccups.  #musicians #recording #hiccup
    Helping me do some work recordings. May have to start tracking baby hiccups. #musicians #recording #hiccup
  • Great night at the Rex. @natehiltz @gordmowat @steventaetz #livejazz #singer #songwriter #escapeart #pop #jazz #blues #covers
    Great night at the Rex. @natehiltz @gordmowat @steventaetz #livejazz #singer #songwriter #escapeart #pop #jazz #blues #covers
  • Delivering beer to grandpa.  @thecoachroach I know you'll love this
    Delivering beer to grandpa. @thecoachroach I know you'll love this
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