Melisa Le Rue is an English- Filipino songstress with an eclectic, refreshing and raw sound. Born to an English Quaker father and Filipino Catholic mother, and raised with fostered siblings, Le Rue- culturally inspired by her multi national family and passion for music, fuses elements of broken beat, reggae, samba, jazz, folk and blues, to create uplifting music with a global appeal.
This London born, West Midlands raised, Dubai based singer- songwriter, launched her debut EP in New York at the legendary Joe’s Pub through Micheck Entertainment, in July 2014. Her first single ‘Unite’ features Grammy award winning group The Soweto Gospel Choir and was recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa. ‘Unite’ was also selected as Track of the week on ‘BBC Introducing’ on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester in the UK.
Performing both as a solo artist, and along with acts such as Metamorphiq, Yarah Bravo and The Latin Dub Sound System, Le Rue’s list of appearances and performances include FOX TV, Formula 1 Grand Prix, The Time Out Nightlife Awards, Lovebox festival, Notting Hill Arts Club, Roskilde festival, The Jazz Café London, Waterford festival, Glastonbury festival and Joe’s Pub New York. Le Rue has also been featured in publications such as Timeout Dubai, Emirates Woman, Infusion magazine and What’s On.
In addition to music Melisa Le Rue, an LSE Sociology graduate, is a passionate advocate for positive change, particularly in the areas of; non violence, conservation, green energy, holistic health, race, gender, and education. She is an ambassador for Basics Global, a UAE organization that work with communities in the Middle East and Asia affected by natural disasters.
“This EP can only be described as a joyful happy celebration of life, love, diversity and overall humanity. “Rather than look at differences, let’s share our similarities” as suggested by Melisa and as clearly evident in all the lyrics. It’s safe to say that Melisa’s EP will make you get up and dance, if not then it will at least evoke a smile on your face.”(Triplew.me EP review)
“In just four tracks, ‘Lost Soul‘, ‘Let’s Go’, ‘Life Is Beautiful’ and ‘Unite’, Melisa’s expressive, sinuous voice leads us on a mini-trip through human nature and its capacity for renewal, from confrontation to release. Her sound is personal and open, always pulsing atop electro beats that are by turn subtle, moody, trip-hoppy and, in the case of ‘Let’s Go’, seriously high spirited”’ (Vivien Goldman (NPR, BBC Radio 5, Radio 4)