Melissa James made her mark on a burgeoning dance scene in 1995 with the infectious groove of her second single “Baby Come Back”.
This song earned Melissa a Top 20 Aria dance chart and subsequent national media exposure through high rotation air-play and an appearance on Channel 9’s “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”.
A period of personal re-assessment saw Melissa close herself away whilst she continued to explore new musical terrain through song-writing , various session work and surrounding herself with some of the finest musicians in Australia.
A six page feature in Black & White Magazine – “The Rock Album” unleashed a new look Melissa with a fresh attitude and a batch of self-penned tunes leaning more towards pop, rock and soul.
“Beautiful Day” was written and produced by Melissa and Ashley Cadell the producer & writer for Kate Ceberano , Peter Andre and Swoop.
Melissa said “”Nature gave me a voice with a five octave range so it’s up to me to explore everything that I can do with it.”
Melissa produces songs with sing-along chorus’s and a bright breezy Radio friendly attitude that feels just like summer with the voice of a pop diva.
The current band line up consists of:
Melissa James – Vocals
Shane Ryall – Guitar
Kevin McFerron – Drums
Dave Daharamasena – Bass
Single Releases Melissa James has been involved in:
“Up There Cazaly”: Columbia/Sony. Rap performed by Melissa James. This release reached the #20 on the National Pop Aria Charts.
“I Just Wanna Make Love To You”: Columbia/Sony. This recording was a remake of the Willie Dixon tune, which debuted at #100 on the National Pop Aria Charts. The B-side of this release, “Where Are You Now”, was written by M. James / Quinlan / Carter / Inglis.
“Love You Right”: 1994 EMI. Recorded by the famous dance act “Euphoria”. “Euphoria” had requested Melissa James perform the rap. This release had reached #1 on the National Pop Aria Charts.
1995 earned Melissa James a record deal with “Rooart/La Digue”. Melissa released a dance/cover version of “Baby Come Back”. This release had reached #11 on the National Dance Aria Charts. The B-side “Sweet Possession” was written by M. James / R. Inglis.
“That’s Alright With Me” was due to be Melissa’s next release with “rooArt / Shock”. During this time “Rooart” was consolidating with BMG Australia.
“Beautiful Day” was released in 1998 via rooArt / BMG.
The brand new single “Left In The Cold” was recorded and produced by Ashley Cadell at Metropolis studios in Melbourne and is out now.