'A life is like a piece of paper in which every person along the way leaves a mark'. This Chinese Proverb describes Melissa's song writing inspiration and style. Inspired by those around her, Melissa is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and a gifted songwriter. She has played numerous venues in both Ontario and British Columbia and has even won a few awards along the way. Melissa has been playing guitar for sixteen years, beginning at The Ontario Conservatory of Music. As a child, she was able to develop her voice at St. Mary's Choir and Orchestra School. By the age of fourteen, Melissa was playing in her first band Karma. In their brief four-year history, Karma's accomplishments included the first place standing in 'ROR Concerts Battle of the Bands' in 1997, held at the Embassy Hotel in London, Ontario. This gave the band an opportunity to record at Orbiter Studios in Toronto, Ontario. At that session, Melissa's song 'Real Disguise' was recorded and included on PIA Records 1997 compilation CD 'Rising Indies'. Since Karma, Melissa's style has matured into a rhythmic driven, melodic, acoustic style. In July of 1999, she relocated to Vancouver. Her move helped her find Tera Vickers, who became a valuable song-writing partner. Over the past few years, Melissa has been learning the craft of creating and releasing an independent recording and has finished her first project entitled 'The Paradox Project'.