Descriptive as it may seem, Melissa Polinar is all that and then some – a talented young musician with a strong will to “help others” through her music.
In an interview with Polinar yesterday, January 9th, she said she had “a catalog of more than 200 songs” that she had written. And like many other musicians she is passionate about her work.
She said, “I wrote about breakups and life in general, growing pains.”
Polinar says she doesn’t write with any specific message, but said, “I want to be honest and positive. Always honest. I don’t want to be pretentious, somebody that I’m not.”
Not naming anyone in particular, Polinar said she had many mentors.
“All those that worked with me writing songs, teaching me to play guitar, piano. They are the ones that shaped me. My creativity comes from them.”
Her influences include Stevie Wonder and vocal jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, and she said her style is “kind of like those influences crossed with James Taylor.”
Like a lot of singer songwriters the young artist from the longhorn state Texas said, “James Taylor is a strong influence in my music.”
”I try to fuse the folk aspect of my playing and the soulful aspect of my singing..”
Polinar was born in the Philipines and moved to Texas at a very young age.
Even though no one else in her family is a musician, Polinar said, “My whole family has been very supportive of me pursuing my musical interests.”
She said that she enjoyed songwriting and performing equally.
“The moment I finish a song, I get really giddy, a feeling of accomplishment…. But the moment I get to perform it in front of a crowd, it’s another reward, a kind of a high!”
Performing is something Polinar does with ease. The songbird has a beautiful soothing voice that mixes well with her skilled acoustic guitar playing.
She recently performed one of her singles, "Skyline," for Knocksteady TV, a song that that would be a nice addition to a anyone's Tunes to relax to playlist.
Her desire is to record a full-length album by the end of 2013.
She has a Kickstarter campaign going to help fund the production. You can donate to the project here.
Polinar is like a rare jewel, like an antique Victrola – full of beauty, full of passion, and full of songs yet to be written.
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