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Melissa Bel - 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. It 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 Jazz and Blues charts the following summer. Bel pours her heart into the album's 6 tracks which include “Over And Done With,” a resolute, wash-your-hands-of-him break-up song and also a stirring rendition of Bill Withers' 1971 classic “Ain't No Sunshine.”
More recently, Melissa Bel has shared the stage with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Colin James, Serena Ryder and Sloan. In April, Bel opened two shows in London, England for Canadian Juno award winner Matthew Good. Bel released a brand new 7-song EP, “Don't Forget to Breathe” in June 2013, and will be touring Ontario and Quebec this summer.