Melissa Bel has been captivating audiences and listeners her whole life with her powerful, soulful voice and compelling songwriting. She grew up in a musical household in Burlington, Ontario listening to soul, classic rock and blues music, and draws inspiration from the likes of The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer and Christina Aguilera.
Her latest single, “Sunshine“, is Melissa as you’ve never heard her before. Written in Nashville with Kris Bergsnes (Tim McGraw), the song breaks down experiences of disappointment and resignation with a despondent maturity, combining folky lyrics with a classic soul-era sound.
Her May 2020 single, “Can’t Go Home“, produced by Joseph Cross (The Courteeners), combines folk-pop and country-tinged sensibilities to create a catchy, raw, new-vintage sound. The track reached #25 on iTunes UK’s Top 200 Country chart and received playlist support from Amazon Music Canada.
Having cowritten Avril Lavigne’s recent single “Tell Me It’s Over“, the Toronto-bred, UK-based singer/songwriter is quickly becoming a sought-after songwriter for other artists and projects in addition to her own.
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.