|Labels||No Format!, Malleable Records|
Mélissa Laveaux (born Mélissa Michelle Marjolec Laveaux on January 9, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec) is an Ottawa musician of Haitian descent signed to No Format! records (roster includes Gonzales and Julia Sarr). She is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist who plays music described as a mix of roots, folk, and blues using her signature percussive finger-style guitar and soulful vocal stylings. In 2006, Laveaux released a first full-length album of her own songs. It was co-produced with percussionist Rob Reid (on tabla and cajón) and Lisa Patterson of Imaginit Music Studios. Laveaux has received critical praise from her peers in such magazines as Colorlines and is a Songs from the Heart recipient from the 2006 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals' conference in the World Music category for penning "Koud'lo".
Mélissa has opened for several artists who have inspired her music: Meshell Ndegeocello, Feist and Lura. She's also performed at jazz and popular music festivals around the globe. Although most of her performances have been in France, she regularly performs in Japan and Spain. Festivals that have featured Laveaux include the Montreal International Jazz Festival (2007, 2009 and 2010), Cully Jazz, Donostia Jazzaldia, Festival du Bout du Monde (2008), Les Francofolies de La Rochelle (2009), Sakifo Musik Festival in La Réunion Island and le Printemps de Bourges. She has been a featured guest on CBC Radio's local programs Ottawa Morning and All in a Day and its national radio broadcasts Bandwidth, Canada Live, and Go!.
In 2009, Mélissa collaborated with producer MaJiKer for a track to be released on his B-side EP of Body Piano Machine.
Camphor & Copper
In July 2006, Mélissa Laveaux released her first record Camphor & Copper on the independent record label Malleable Records. But in 2007, Mélissa won the Lagardère Talent foundation's musician bursary. The grant was used to record and mix a new version of Camphor & Copper, mixed and mastered by Bénédicte Schmidt and released on No Format!. Five tracks were cut, and five additional tracks were added. Covers are « I wanna be evil » (Eartha Kitt) and « Needle in the Hay » (Elliott Smith) as well as a traditional Creole lullaby « Dodo Titit » originally sung by Martha Jean Claude. Producers who performed on the album include Majiker (beatbox) and Lisa Patterson (keys). While additional performers included Morgan Doctor (drums) and Martin Gamet (bass). This version of the album was released in France on November 18, 2008. Other European releases followed: Spain (2009), Italy (2009), Switzerland and Belgium (2009), Portugal (2010), Germany and Austria (2009). A Canadian release is set for March 2010 with Montreal indie label Spectra.
In 2009, Mélissa collaborated with producer Mocky for a cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love". This track was included alongside other B sides for the deluxe version of Camphor & Copper's release. Other tracks included "Les Cendres" and "First Class".
Dying is a Wild Night
Her second full length is due February 2013 in Europe. It will be entitled Dying Is a Wild Night, an excerpt from an Emily Dickinson quote: "Dying is a wild night and a new road".
- The Jazz Basterds: Ludovic Bruni, Vincent Taeger (from Poni Hoax) and Vincent Taurelle (keyboardist with Air) - guitar, bass, drums, percussions, piano, synths, keys and programming.
- Mélissa Laveaux - guitar, lead and backing vocals
- Thea Hjelmeland - backing vocals
- Mélissa Laveaux - songwriter
- Ludovic Bruni, Vincent Taeger, Vincent Taurelle - producers
- Bertrand Fresel - mixing
- Adam Ayan - mastering
Albums (full length)
- Camphor & Copper (Malleable Records, 2006)
- Camphor & Copper (No Format!, 2009)
- Dying Is a Wild Night (No Format!, 2013)
- Four Piece Mosaic
- Live at Alumni
- Warm Milk and Honey
- Hands off Haiti (2007)
- Nos Artistes - édition branchée (2007)
- SOS Haiti (2010)
- Crockard, Caitlin (2007-05-24). "Ottawa's Melissa Laveaux Signs With France's No Format Records". Chart. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- Mélissa Laveaux. "Mélissa Laveaux - singer-songwriter of soulful sort (official website)". Melissalaveaux.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
- Crockard, Caitlin (2006-06-30). "Ottawa Buzz: Melissa Laveaux Releases Camphor & Copper". Chart. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- Toshi Reagon, TV on the Radio and Mélissa Laveaux reviewed on ColorLines, http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-157950605.html
- OCFF Songs from the Heart 2006 Recipients, http://www.ocff.ca/press_releases/2006pressrelease_sfth_winners.pdf
- "Mélissa Laveaux". Fondation-jeanluclagardere.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27.