Following a career defining moment with a cut on Avril Lavigne’s 2018 single “Tell Me It’s Over”, Toronto-bred, UK-based Melissa Bel has spent much of the last two years writing for projects other than her own, quickly becoming a sought-after songwriter.
2019 has seen her return to centre stage with the release of new music: June’s pop-soul bop “Cotton Candy”, and her latest single “If She Hadn’t Lied” which shines light on yet another side of Bel’s dexterous songwriting ability with its country undertones. The singles reached #54 (UK) and #10 (Canada) respectively on the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter chart.
Now faced with the welcome challenge of deciding which songs to give away to other artists and which to keep, Bel is currently working on a new EP of songs that are “too personal to pitch”, expected in Spring 2020.
Since moving to the UK in 2016 Melissa has performed at The Shard, The Gherkin and Tower Bridge as well as The Hospital Club, for Ticketmaster at The Natural History Museum, and Cornbury Festival among others. She has supported artists such as Joey Landreth, Maverick Sabre and Kylie at Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019.
Melissa’s 2016 EP ‘In The Light’, produced by Justin Gray (Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, John Legend), follows the remarkable story of how the girl from Canada found the love of her life in Las Vegas and unexpectedly relocated across the Globe to rural England. The 7-song album reached #49 on the iTunes Canada Top 200 Pop chart.
“Melissa Bel continues to impress with her uplifting, addictive pop music and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” – Fame Magazine