Whilst a student at the University of Leicester, Melisa would pack in as many open mic nights as was humanly possible. She would pick up influential fans even at this stage, with BBC Introducing East Midlands going on to support and play her music at that early stage. She graduated with a 2.1 and just a year later, signed a publishing deal with BMG without having released a single song. Her muses remain a mix of the classic and hot: Aretha Franklin, Anderson Paak, Aloe Blacc, John Legend, Sade. What matters to Melisa is the vocals, above everything. It’s clearly something she’s taken to heart.