Melissa Polinar

Melissa Polinar

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Melissa Polinar - Riding Solo

"Melissa Polinar was an early adopter. YouTube performers are around every online corner these days, but Melissa’s smoky, soulful voice and beautiful original songs found an early audience on the Internet that’s given way to a successful (independent) solo career." (PledgeMusic Oct 12, 2016)

A winning amalgamation of Polinar’s smooth, soulful vocals, heart-bearing lyrical content, and passionate musicianship had even made music industry veterans and leaders avid fans. Among these industry heavyweights are Questlove, India.Arie, Mark Kibble (of Take 6), Jay Sean, Karmin, Ernie Halter, and Tony Lucca. Polinar’s independently released full-length album in 2014 called ‘Calls & Echoes’, was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Guy Sebastian, India.Arie), Josiah Bell (Estelle Darlings, Johnnyswim, Mat Kearney), and Jesse Barrera (AJ Rafael, Jeremy Passion, My American Heart). Combining the best elements of her retrospective, honest, and intrinsic acoustic soul and folk stylings, the project truly encapsulates all of what makes Polinar a true artist through her knack for cohesive versatility and heart.

Her latest project was recorded in 2016 and was exclusively released on PledgeMusic to her core fans. The EP titled "Rise At Eventide" will be released worldwide in 2017. Produced by Polinar's familiar collaborator Jesse Barrera in San Diego, the project is an extension of Melissa's familiar musicianship including a more fearless approach expanding and solidifying her musical territory. India.Arie was featured on a song and other collaborators include Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Amos Lee), Morgan James, and Doug Wamble.

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Genre: Soul
Subgenre: Singer-Songwriter
From: Fort Worth, TX