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Melissa B.

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Melissa B.
A woman singing under pink lights stands with her hand on a mic-stand as smoke rises behind her
Melissa B. performs onstage
Background information
Birth nameMelissa Walton
Also known asMelissa B.
BornSumter, South Carolina
Occupation(s)Singer–Songwriter, Author, Producer
InstrumentsVocals, flute
Years active2013–present
Associated acts

Melissa Walton (later Melissa Bailey; stage name Melissa B.), is an American singer, songwriter, and author.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Walton was born in Sumter, South Carolina.[1][2][3] She stated in an interview that as a youngster, all she wanted to do was sing.[4] Walton is trained in classical opera.[4] She was raised in Japan, Germany, Hawaii and Virginia.[citation needed] She appeared as a contestant on the American Idol talent show during the 2005 season.[5]



Walton has been working as a recording artist since 2013,[1] when she released the single "Addicted" via iTunes on July 23, 2013[6] under the stage name, Melissa B. Her second single, "What You Started," made its US premiere on November 12, 2013 on iTunes and across all digital platforms.[7] Walton's third single, "Be Free," was released on Quantize Recordings with DJ Spen and produced by B. Howard in 2014.[8]

Melissa B. released the single, "Maria," in 2015.[9] She performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in October 2015 alongside Wouter Kellerman & Vincent Lyn[10]

Melissa B. was named one of the "TopTen R&B Artists to Look-out For" in 2016 from the UK magazine Fact Magazine.[11] She was featured in an article in Elmore Magazine that same year.[12] Melissa B. was credited as a songwriter and featured artist on Juan Cristiani's[who?] single "Dancing in the Rain," which topped the Billboard Charts Hot Single Sales in 2017.[13][14]

"Found" was her next single, released on EQ Distro in 2019.[15] On May 22, 2020, she released a new single "Back & Forth", on iTunes.[16] Her upcoming American EP, Flying Rivers, is in post production as of September 2020.[17]


In 2018, her book Digitally Independent, which Walton refers to as "...a self-help guide for the digital independent artist..."[citation needed] was published independently.[18]

"Combining voice and technology in our world today is not just singing, it is the combination of social media, wearable technology and augmented reality. In my world, I am, by day, a network engineer who loves designing computer infrastructure and learning how to improve communications with technology and people." —Music-Tech proponent, Melissa B.[4]

Music-Tech proponent and activism[edit]

Melissa B. has incorporated the "...juncture of voice and technology..." into her music.[4] Citing her as both artist and activist in a 2016 article, Annie Dinerman of Elmore Magazine reported how "...Melissa encourages young women to seek careers in computer science and technology..."[12][4] Walton is co-founder of Girl Geek Dinners NYC, a non-profit organization formed to interest young women to go into IT fields.[4]

Technology journalist, Jefferson Graham, interviewed Melissa B. about her use of Google Glass in a 2013 USA TODAY article, describing her usage of Google Glass. In the article, Walton states she "...bought Google Glass to show fans her daily life writing and recording music" [19]



Exclusively (released 2015)[edit]

  • Breathe
  • Steal From My Heart (feat. Gianna Salvato)
  • It's Real
  • Love Games
  • Wanna Love U (feat. BK BRASCO)
  • Maria

Computer Love (released 2017)[edit]

  • Computer Love (feat. PW)
  • Permission
  • MindFrame
  • It's Beautiful
  • Once Again
  • Time Machine - Interlude
  • Do It Like You
  • Love Me
  • Body Wow Ft. Patrick Toussaint
  • Shutdown - Outro

Production and songwriting[edit]

Song Title Artist Album Release Date Credit
"The Greatest (feat. Melissa B)" Grafh ft. Melissa B. Single 2016 Songwriter & Artist
"Creep " Grafh ft. Melissa B. Single 2016 Songwriter & Artist
"ONE NIGHT STAND" Jarvis Edwards Single 2017 Songwriter & Artist
"Waterman" Melissa B. Single 2020 Producer & Artist
"Everybody" Corey Feldman Album 2016 Background Vocals
"Permission To Love" Spencer Battiest & Melissa B. Single 2019 Producer & Artist


Title Release Date Album Billboard rank
"Addicted" 2013 Addicted
"What You Started" 2013 What You Started
"Be Free" 2014 DJ Spen Presents Melissa B.
"Set Me Free" 2014 Set Me Free
"Bang -Remix -Doc Ice" 2014 Bang - Remix - Doc Ice
"I Feel Alive Ft. Melissa B." 2014 I Feel Alive Ft. Melissa B.
"Starlight" 2015 Starlight
"Dancing In The Rain" 2017 Dancing In The Rain No. 1, No.3
"Samething" 2018 Samthing
"The Light" 2019 The Light
"Give It To Me" 2019 Give It To Me
"Permission To Love" 2019 Permission To Love
"Found" 2019 Found
"Just Like You" 2020 Just Like You

Nominations and awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
2015 Melissa B. HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards): Pop Won [20]
2015 Melissa B. Global Music Awards: Pop & Emerging Artist Won [21]
2015 Melissa B. & Juan Independent Music Award for Best Song - Children's Music Nominated [22]
2017 Melissa B. HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards): Dance Nominated [23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Melissa B. Releases "Computer Love" Album". Top40 Charts. June 6, 2017. Retrieved Aug 29, 2013.
  2. Richardine Bartee (Aug 29, 2013). "Power-singing synth-pop starlet Melissa B.". GrungeCake.
  3. "Melissa B." PRWEB. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Interviews — Gold Medal Winner Melissa B.; [[Global Music Awards online; accessed September 2020
  5. "Idol Seeker Faces Next Hurdle". Mike Holtzclaw. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  6. "Melissa B. Addicted". Discogs. July 23, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  7. "Melissa B.– What You Started". Discogs. November 12, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  8. "DJ Spen Presents Melissa B. Be Free". Discogs. July 23, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  9. "Melissa B. For 58th Annual Grammy Awards". top40charts. October 22, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  10. Jackson, Joe (2014-10-04). "Jazz Pianist Vincent Lyn Plays Carnegie Hall in a Double Bill with Flutist Wouter Kellerman". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  11. "10 R&B artists to watch in 2016". factmag. October 22, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dinerman, Annie (April 11, 2016). "Elmore Profiles Melissa Bailey, An Artist And An Activist". Elmore Magazine.
  13. "Billboard Hot Single Sales". Billboard Biz. Archived from the original on November 19, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "Un uruguayo en la cima de Billboard". NICOLÁS LAUBER (in sp). Retrieved 2017-08-07.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  15. ""Found" by Melissa B." Indie Pulse Music. November 22, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  16. "Melissa B. Is Back With a New Track "Back and Forth"". Grind Weekly. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  17. "Melissa B., "FOUND"". Vents Magazine. November 22, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  18. Melissa, B. (December 19, 2019). Digitally Independent. Book Google. ISBN 9781731597106. Search this book on
  19. Graham, Jefferson (July 4, 2013). "OK Glass Explorers, what's it like to wear Glass?". USA TODAY.
  20. "2015 winners". Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. "The Global Music Awards Winners - Dec 2015". Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  22. "Independent Music Award for Best Song". Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  23. "Hollywood Music in Media Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 14 August 2020.

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