Today – 13th September – Ghana’s next-gen Singer, Songwriter, and Producer Mellissa releases new single ‘Me & U’. A rich fusion of sounds creates the self-coined “Afro Sexy” driven by Mellissa’s angelic vocals over a Mont Jake (Nonso Amadi, Greentea Peng) production.
A sensual video shot in Nigeria follows a short love story with Mellissa as the main focal point directed by TSE Studios (Lojay, Teni, Bloody Civilian) and TUNDECUTS (Rema, Asake, BNXN). Labeling it as “an anthem for the girls”, Mellissa hopes to empower others to find their most confident selves in a song that redefines and reclaims sexy as a feeling rather than a physical attribute.
As a child, Mellissa engaged with music in any way she could. The sounds from her Mother’s restaurant next door to her home began was her earliest introduction to music. From the underground gems of Ghana’s Ofori Amponsah and KK Fosu to the legendary sounds of Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys, Mellissa was able to explore the melange of sounds from not only Ghana but outside her hometown too. During her teens, the school choir allowed her to flex her slick vocals while conquering stage fright, allowing her to meet friends with whom she could share her love of music.
After completing a film degree in the US, Mellissa began expressing her creativity in different mediums to fuel her competitive energy in every aspect of life. Mellissa takes inspiration from the sounds of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America to avoid limiting her sound and express herself most authentically.
Collaborations with sister and best friend Moliy and Ajebutter22 introduced her to the world in addition to her standout contribution to Amaarae’s ‘Feel A Way’. A tipping point in her career saw her perform alongside BOJ at his Village Underground performance last summer, followed by compliments from her idol WizKid.
Mellissa is rising alongside the next generation of artists to propel culture forward. With new music and a trip to London on the horizon, ‘Me & U’ is the beginning of an exciting chapter. For more information on Mellissa please visit: Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok