As a professional singer Melissa has been active for over ten years. As a backing vocalist she performed with various international artists on stages all around the world. Her music is a mixture of neo-soul, warm Cape Verdean sounds and Brazilian influences. She loves world music and is especially drawn to artists that aren’t afraid to mix up traditional music with contemporary styles. Thinking 'Out of The Box' is a character trait that she is known for. Melissa is always open for new musical adventures. She has drawn musical inspiration from Cape Verdean artists like Boy Ge Mendes and Sara Tavares, Brazilian singers Maria Bethania, Ivette Sangalo and neo-soul singer Jill Scott.
Since 2008 Melissa has been working together with her producer Sebastiao dos Santos. In 2013 she released her dreamy debut single ‘Lullaby’. When asked about the feeling she’d like to bring across with her single Melissa answered: ‘Sunny Saturdays & Lazy Sunday mornings’.
So if you’re looking for darkness, keep on looking, Melissa Fortes is here to bring out the sun!