Born in Hackney, made in Camden (in the same tower block as musician/DJ/actor Goldie), Melisa Whiskey’s musical upbringing came via her local church and its gospel choir.
This path, which saw her sign her first publishing deal before she’d even released her first song, has lent her voice, which is naturally strong, both control and fluidity. Nowhere else are these features more apparent than in Billin’, in which she switches from warm, earthy sass – “If a man hasn’t got nothing for me / keep walking” – to elevated chorus. Played, also from her debut EP Moon + The Sky, embodies a similarly infectious spirit, while the James Brown-like funk of Sweetest Cake implies Melisa possesses just as much depth in invention as she does in soul. This is Melisa breaking ground.
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