North Texas-raised singer-songwriter Melissa had first embarked on her musical journey when the world was already seeing what it could reap from its digital revolution. Careers were hatched all about by means of viral social media presence and grassroots fueling, which included Melissa during her first steps into the music industry.
She began her career as a YouTuber, uploading several videos which, since her 2008 debut on the site, have garnered millions of views – which, unlike many YouTube-oriented musicians, were mainly focused on her originals rather than any covers. Songs like “Try” and “Meant to Be” solidified her presence on the popular video sharing website as not just a bona fide singer, but an authentic songwriter steeped within poise and sincerity.
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, ‘Calls & Echoes’, was produced by another trio of notable forces within the industry: David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, India.Arie, Guy Sebastian), 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.
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