Elmore Profiles Melissa Bailey, An Artist And An Activist

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Melissa Bailey by Ranya Munir

By Annie Dinerman

 

Melissa Bailey, a petite New York beauty with a powerhouse voice, has been singing since the age of five. She walks in the footsteps of her aunt, Dawnn Lewis, the Grammy Award-winning singer, and multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter. Bailey creates her own catchy songs with an energetic blend of gritty glam pop, R&B and club music. She sings with impressive vocal skill and heartfelt honesty. She’s also an actress, a technical engineer and an activist.

Melissa encourages young women to seek careers in computer science and technology through her non-profit organization “Girl Geek Dinners NYC.” But music remains her first focus and deepest love, and the industry is starting to take notice. Within the past two years, Bailey’s honors have included Best Pop Artist and Best Emerging Artist (Global Music Awards); Best Pop Song for “Maria” (Hollywood Music Media Awards); and “Best New Female R&B Singer” (All Star Music Awards). Bailey has signed a recording deal with Bungalo Records (Universal Music Group).

At Carnegie Hall on October 13, 2015, she shared an evening with Grammy-winning composer/flutist Wouter Kellerman. As the last-minute guest of pianist Vincent Lyn, Melissa Bailey charmed an international audience. She performed “Maria,” which she wrote to draw attention to women who are working to break the cycle of poverty and hunger in developing countries.

– Annie Dinerman

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