Melissa Ann Maria Pettignano , was born on January 3rd 1988, on one of the coldest days of the year and immediately started showing signs of musical talent at the age of two, singing along and dancing to songs like, Connie Francis, The Supremes, and many others. Melissa, and her family as well, had a fond love and respect for the Doo Wops, as well as many other artists in the musical world of entertainment.
Her father and her aunt are the Doo Wop group/duo named Rickie and Vickie. Rickie and Vickie came out with “Joanie/Why Are You So In Love” on Angletone Records in the early 1960’s. For Melissa, it wasn’t just Doo Wop Melissa was fond of. Melissa sang and danced along to many other great artists of many different decades.
Melissa’s parents knew she was a true artist in her own right for all the many gifts and blessings she was given by the Grace of God. From a very young age she knew she was destined for something more, something bigger beyond herself, thanks to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She knew she was destined to be a performer, as well as all the other talents she possessed.
At the age of seven years old, Melissa started performing. She would perform in school, at other schools, contests, talents shows, family functions, events, and of course her favorite place: The Church of the Lord singing Gospel music. In 2003, Melissa won for Outstanding Soloist at the Six Flags Grade Adventure Competition. Her school chorus as well won that year.
Melissa has won countless awards for singing, but she is also an author and has won awards in the literary field. After completing tenth-grade, she knew it was time to pursue her careers all the way. After discussing with her family, she was home-schooled for the last two years of her high school education. In that time, she was signed to IMTS – Industry Model and Talent Studios, at the bold age of eighteen. There is where she started with modeling, as well as the opportunity to be an extra in the Sony feature film Spider Man 3.
During this time, she was finishing up her manuscript for her children’s book, and of course like always writing her music. Her book went live July 13th, 2007, and from that point on she has been promoting in newspapers, magazines, radio, tv, etc.
In 2009, Melissa and her father Raymond Pettignano Sr., wrote a song entitled “Gave you One More Chance”, which had started to already get radio airplay. In 2015, Melissa along with her father Raymond, worked with the Legendary Grammy-nominated multi-platinum producer Steve “Mr.Mig” Migliore on developing “Gave You One More Chance” into a remixed radio version and remixed extended version, as well as working on a single titled “Dear Lord Jesus”, also written by Melissa and her father.
“Gave You One More Chance (Mr. Mig Radio Remix)” and “Gave You One More Chance (Mr. Mig Extended Remix)” both released in March 1, 2016 worldwide and both hit # 1 on Dec 11th, 2015 Billboard King of Spins Top 20. It hit all the major charts coming in the top 30 in the first week. As it worked its way up the charts, the Daily Voice along with other major news media announced them with press releases as nominees for the 2016 Awards.
“Dear Lord Jesus” was nominated for a Native American Music Award in the Best Gospel/Christian/Native American Church recording. Currently, Melissa and her father Raymond worked with the legendary producer Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Records in association with Word Entertainment in Nashville and their team on a new polished release of
“Dear Lord Jesus” releasing Summer of 2018.
Dear Lord Jesus hit # 1 on the Christ Radio Charts on Jan 2019.
Dear Lord Jesus was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award on Jan 2019 for Christian / Gospel category.
Melissa won the Josie Music Award for Gospel / Christian / Inspirational for Vocalist of the Year on September 21st, 2019 in Dollywood.
The awards is hosted by Tina Marie Passantino and her daughter Josie Passantino.
Pre- party w as held at Blake Shelton’s Old Red.
The awards is held at the Dollywood Celebrity Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Melissa and her father Raymond Pettignano, Sr wrote a new song titled, ” Blessed Lord Jesus ” . They teamed up with Legendary Eric Copeland with Creative Soul Records in association with Word Entertainment.
” Blessed Lord Jesus ” releasing April 2020.
Keep on the look out for Melissa Pettignano. GOD BLESS!!