Melissa Forbes is an Australian musician and music educator. Melissa’s voice has the ability to seamlessly move between genres, and she is equally at home singing jazz, rnb and soul, blues and folk music. Brisbane News described her sound as the “best of Ella, Etta and Aretha”. She has released two albums, 2005’s No More Mondays, and 2014’s The Intimacy of Distance which was a collaboration with Brazliian singer and guitarist Bianca Obino.
Performance highlights include appearances at the Queensland Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brisbane Jazz Festival, Women In Voice 21, featured vocalist with David Hobson and singing backing vocals for Michael Buble with a cappella super group Naturally 7. Melissa has performed nationally and internationally in Japan, Singapore and the USA.
As an educator, Melissa has been the recipient of fellowships and awards, including the Churchill Fellowship. This Fellowship enabled Melissa to travel to the USA in 2011 where she studied with leading contemporary singing pedagogues Jeanie LoVetri and Robert Edwin. In 2012, she was also privileged to study with eminent voice scientist Johan Sundberg at a short course held at his summer house in rural Sweden.
Melissa completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz voice at the Queensland Conservatorium. She has since gone on to complete her PhD at the same institution. Her thesis explored collaborative learning in higher music education. She is currently Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the University of Southern Queensland and in a former life, she was a corporate lawyer of little renown.