Joining the ranks of such rocking sisters as Dionne Farris and Joi, but sounding unlike anyone of her predecessors, this Toronto native had music on her mind ever since she was a small child with her mother being an accomplished singer. Melanie Durrant's earliest musical break came about on a U.S. tour when her mother was singing background for a Tina Turner Tribute review. She also stunned the Toronto underground with her style in an all-woman regional showcase called Honeyjam. Citing influences ranging from the soulful swoon of Minne Rippleton to the hard-knock of Aerosmith to the "mercy me" lyrics of Marvin Gaye, the radiant singer/songwriter has no problems smashing through the walls of sound, seemingly unafraid of being musically adventurous. Full of melodic surprises, heavenly harmonies and a bold direction, Melanie Durrant will definitely contribute to the future of R&B in Toronto. She embodies the voice, look and sound that younger audiences has been waiting for.