Toronto based singer and songwriter Melissa Lauren has smoothly made the transition from veteran swing “crooness” to songwriter. The music - her own brand of old school jazz, Do-wap and Blues mixed with Indie pop inflections and sounds....very much a product of her early musical training meeting her adult musical encounters.
Her latest project, "No Heart of Mine" is a collaboration with jazz guitarist Nathan Hiltz. After a decade of professional pairing, the two became partners in life, had a baby and married. They are finally collaborating together in a duo format. Their soon to be released album, is being treated as a true record: one side originals, showcasing Melissa’s folky pop dreamworld, the other, standards, in which Nathan’s virtuosic comfort in jazz and it’s idioms shines. Different from Lauren’s past albums, a new single will be released each month. The first song “Time”, a torchy ballad, was prompted by the birth of her daughter, the sadness of moving on, normalizing pain that could be embraced and felt. The (unreleased) folk/pop “Eyes Open” was awarded runner up in the North American Song and Lyric Competition.
As a teen, Melissa got a strong start touring and performing across North America with The Toronto All Star Big Band. She spent her early adulthood finding her sound and paving her way in the Canadian music scene as a songwriter, performer, and musical director. Melissa has performed at local and international music festivals and series, including the Halifax Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival and Oakville International Jazz Festival as well as Canadian Music Week, North By North East Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Sudbury Jazz Fastival, Toronto Harbourfront Music Series, the Home Smith jazz series, and has had residencies in Toronto at places such as the Rex and the Cameron House. Summer of 2018 saw her a nomination for best artist at the Halifax International Jazz Festival’s Stingray Music Competition. While touring Canada has become a constant in her touring life, Melissa was thrilled to debut in Europe this Spring with shows in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland.
Melissa's sophomore album, "Your Mess" was released to great charting and review across Canada. The first single released in Canada, “Send Them Away,” was song of the week on CBC radio in Toronto, and nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.
Melissa's sophomore album, "Your Mess" was released to great charting and review across Canada. The first single I released in Canada, “Send Them Away,” was song of the week on CBC radio in Toronto, and has been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.
In addition to her own music, Melissa has been lending her voice to studio work in the electronic music scene. She has sung on five of producer/writer Hibernate’s recently released tracks, one of which was the opening track one of seminal pioneer trance DJ Paul Oakenfold’s compilation albums, released under Perfecto Records.