Mélissa Laveaux (born Mélissa Michelle Marjolec Laveaux on January 9, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec) is an Ottawa musician of Haitian descent signed to NoFormat 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 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!.
Mélissa earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ethics at the University of Ottawa in December 2007.
In 2009, Mélissa collaborated with producer MaJiKer for a track to be released on his B-side EP of Body Piano Machine.