Her voice has power and soul. It’s a voice all the more remarkable because it belongs to a petite, fresh-faced 24-year old, Toronto’s Melissa Bel. Her debut album, Brave, came at the age of 18 and received widespread radio play in Germany where she performed a whirlwind tour of 14 shows in 16 days.
Bel released her sophomore album, Distance, in April 2012 which quickly reached No. 1 on Montreal’s CIBL Jazz and Blues charts the following summer. The success of this release was followed up by another EP, Don’t Forget to Breathe, in June 2013.
Since then, she has shared the stage with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Colin James, Serena Ryder, Sloan and Matthew Good. Bel is currently working on new material for an upcoming release, and you can also catch her singing backup for break-out Atlantic recording artist Francesco Yates.