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Sandra Melena

Sandra Melena
Gender: female
Age: 28
Country: United States  / SF Bay Area

About: "Music has always been a constant in my life and a haven for me to feel free and confident".

With her soulful voice and innovative music that fuses her love of pop, RnB, and hip hop, Sandra Melena is creating music that crosses borders and captivates listeners. Born in Latin America and raised in the United States, Sandra Melena fuses her Latin roots in her music through instrumentation and lyrics. With her contemporary and classical vocal training and years of performing, Sandra Melena has worked hard on achieving her sound and distinguishing herself as a solo artist. Releasing her first EP that includes original songs that range from Jazz ballads to contemporary Pop, Sandra Melena achieved her vision of creating music that could be enjoyed by the masses. Her lyrics are organic, real, and passionate and the themes are derived from her own life and experiences. Writing in a style that is honest and poetic allowed Sandra Melena to address issues that she has experienced or has witnessed in her life.

"My lyrics are very intimate and I admire many songwriters in the industry. I am most influenced by Eminem because he writes lyrics that are bold and sometimes brutally honest. I want my music to reflect me and allow my listener to create a bond with me on a personal level".

Growing up Sandra Melena displayed a passion for music well beyond her years. She was a natural performer and was placed in a professional children's choir called VOENA. At the tender age of seven, Sandra Melena performed her first solo and impressed her choir director as well as her mother. Following that performance, Sandra Melena began private lessons under the direction of Annabelle Marie. Working with Annabelle helped Sandra to polish her technique and embrace the freedom and thrill that came with stage technique. Continuing to be an active member of VOENA, Sandra Melena performed at The White House for five consecutive Christmas seasons, soloed at The Pageant of Peace in Washington DC, soloed at the Festival De La Musica in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, toured Italy and Greece, soloed at The World's Expo in Japan, and toured in China. aside from choir performances Sandra participated in her church choir, community theatre, school theatre program, and sang at local Bay Area venues.

In her late teens Sandra Melena began to study with Anja Strauss at the San Francisco Conservatory and embraced the classical genre. Sandra was well versed with contemporary training and now displayed a passion for opera and music theory. When she heard about the opportunity to audition for The Berklee College of Music, Sandra grasped the opportunity and was accepted into the school. While studying at Berklee, Sandra met many talented musicians and began to focus on her lyric writing, production, and arranging. She began to work with instrumentalists and writing seriously with the goal of releasing her first EP which would include all original songs and music. Sandra fused her love of Bay Area hip hop sounds with her voice which is greatly influenced by; Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Eva Cassidy, Alicia Keys, Sade, Beyonce, and Etta James. Her EP features many talented musicians including: Canek Martinez, Miles Hancock, Trent Bower, Jesse Biegel, and Anthony Del Barrio. Sandra Melena continues to write and is in the starting stage of recording her first full length album which will be released at the end of the year.

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