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Toronto based singer and songwriter MELISSA LAUREN has smoothly made the transition from veteran swing “crooness” to songwriter. The music – her own brand of old school jazz, Do-wap, and blues mixed with indie pop inflections and sounds – is very much a product of her early musical training meeting her adult musical encounters.

Her latest project, “No Heart of Mine” is a collaboration with jazz guitarist Nathan Hiltz. After a decade of professional pairing, the two became partners in life, had a baby and married. They are finally collaborating together in a duo format. Their soon-to-be-released album, is being treated as true record: one side originals, showcasing Melissa’s folky pop dreamworld; the other, standards, in which Nathan’s virtuosic comfort in jazz and its idioms shines.

She has performed at local and international music festivals and series, including the Halifax Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and Oakville International Jazz Festival as well as Canadian Music Week, North By North East Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Sudbury Jazz Festival, Toronto Harbourfront Music Series, the Home Smith “Year ‘Round Jazz Festival”, and has had residencies in Toronto at places such as the Rex and the Cameron House.

Summer of 2018 saw her being nominated for best artist at the Halifax International Jazz Festival’s Stingray Music Competition. While touring Canada has become a constant in her touring life, Melissa was thrilled to debut in Europe this Spring with shows in Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Poland.

This evening’s singing star MELISSA LAUREN features ERIC ST-LAURENT on guitar and ROSS McINTYRE on bass, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of the Home Smith Bar.