Melisa was born in Hackney but grew up on Bray Tower – the same Camden tower block as Goldie. Introduced to Gospel music at a young age enrolling at her local church, she signed her first publishing deal without having released as single track aged 24. Now 26, she dropped her first track ‘Played’ in January this year and quickly picked up a BBC Introducing Track of the Week spot as well as heat from BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Twin B who made it his Track of the Week. The natural soul and depth of Melisa’s vocal was too strong to deny.

Melisa came through with her follow up track ‘Sweetest Cake’ and once again set the bar for new UK soul and R&B. Already receiving support again at BBC Radio 1Xtra and premiered with WONDERLAND, ‘Sweetest Cake’ is the first track to be taken from her forthcoming debut E.P. ‘Moon & The Sky’. The natural jump to the track mixed with the menacing bassline reminds of both Amerie and most excitingly, the playful invention of Anderson. Paak.

Now coming with the second taster from her new debut E.P. ‘Moon & The Sky’, ‘Billin’ is an outspoken, harder offering that brings a whole new dimension to Melisa’s work. The boss-like stance is there, as is the throaty drawl and natural, understated power, but again the slick, grinding production together with her warnings to men scared of women on the grind and making money for themselves makes this a defiant, powerful call to action. Allusions to the natural R&B character of Mary J Blige seem relevant, with a unique London grounding. Now moving in the same circles as Jae 5 and J Hus’s camp, this is a level-up statement of intent from Melisa. It’s also an edgy, soulful banger that keeps the young star’s reputation building as we knew it would.