VANiLLA

VANiLLA
Member Society: COSCAP
Country: Guyana
Genre: Calypso/Soca

Biography

VANiLLA, an infectious name and a personality that has a wide spread venom that touches people where ever she goes is a woman of heart and energy.  Melissa Roberts was the name given to her by her mother on 28th April.This stunning lady is an individual of passion and extreme drive. She was never a singer, well maybe in her bathroom....... but because she worked at a studio she was encouraged to record a tune by her fellow artiste, but she took up the challenge when she was approached by...

VANiLLA, an infectious name and a personality that has a wide spread venom that touches people where ever she goes is a woman of heart and energy.  Melissa Roberts was the name given to her by her mother on 28th April.

This stunning lady is an individual of passion and extreme drive. She was never a singer, well maybe in her bathroom....... but because she worked at a studio she was encouraged to record a tune by her fellow artiste, but she took up the challenge when she was approached by Mr. Simon who is now her manager.

In 2005 she recorded her first song “Koc it up” on the Kross Kolor Label. The song was featured on the annual compilation album “wine till yuh drop volume 2”. Later that year VANiLLA recorded her second song “Boy” and that propelled her into the realms of the elite performers in Guyana, in that same year she teamed up with soca sensation Lilman to record the single Wine it up. For mash 2007 VANiLLA recorded the song ‘Queen of the Band’ which eventually won the Road March competition. This was a significant achievement since this was her first year in that competition.

In 2008, she lost the Road March crown by 1 point. In 2009 she regained the Road March Crown with the song ‘Rude’ which also placed second at the Soca Monarch Competition.

In 2010, she once again became queen of the Road with the song 'High' and placed second at the soca monarch competition, making her the only female to have won this competition three times. She is an artiste with tremendous potential, whom with the right guidance can achieve greatness.

VANiLLA is a well-rounded individual with titles of the GABBF Miss Body Fitness Novice 2006 and Miss Body Fitness Intermediate 2007. She is also a Certified Fitness Trainer and a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, video director and the assistant manager at her company. She loves dancing and hanging out with her friends.
Her favorite quotes 'it's better to have love and lost, than to never love at all.
 

Gig Calendar

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Past Gigs

May 25, 2016 (Wednesday) | 12:30 am | GCC Ground
Chiv Chandrapual Drive
Georgetown
Guyana
Event End Date:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:30am
May 22, 2016 (Sunday) | 11:00 pm | Guyana National Stadium
Providence
Georgetown
Guyana
Event End Date:
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 11:00pm
May 20, 2016 (Friday) | 08:00 pm | National Conference Center
Half Orchid Drive
Liliendaa
East Coast Demerara
Guyana
Event End Date:
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 8:00pm
May 19, 2016 (Thursday) | 05:00 pm | National Stadium
Providence
Georgetown
Guyana
Event End Date:
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 5:00pm
Feb 22, 2014 (Saturday) | 11:00 pm | Congress Place
Sophia
Georgetown
Guyana
Event End Date:
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:00pm
Feb 08, 2014 (Saturday) | 10:00 pm | Stelling Road
Stelling Road
New Amsterdam
Guyana
Event End Date:
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:00pm

Press Releases

THOUGH it may seem as if three-time road march queen and performer, Melissa ‘Vanilla’ Roberts has been off the scene these days, the Soca aficionado confirms that she is very much still active, with several upcoming projects on the horizon. Melissa hints that it is not that she has been inactive, but that the work of local artistes is not given enough attention on the airwaves, though many continue to produce current material. While this remains a significant problem, however, the 30-year-old singer continues to focus on her passions, both in the singing and filmmaking industries. This includes work on her upcoming 14-track album, “Who I am”, which she hopes to release later this year. Melissa says that the songs will seek to portray what she calls a ‘root sound’ in an aim to reflect her African heritage. “That’s why even though I sing Soca, my music sounds different to Trinidadian Soca because I really try to get that root sound aspect of my music through drums; I am deeply rooted in drums. I also like unique sounds, like the Amerindian flute and the Indian tabla drum,” she said. In addition to a unique sound, the album will also touch on personal experiences as a means of opening up to her listeners; a task she admits is not an easy one. “I think the biggest problem that I have is opening up myself,” she said. “I like to be in control at all times, and when you open up yourself, people get to see inside of you. And I like people to see just what is there. But there will be some deep things on the album though; personal stories…” speaks about drinking responsibly. Upon completion, the artiste says that she will also looking at promoting her music in international markets through her record label, Kross Kolor Records which has affiliations in Germany and the UK. Melissa noted, however, that one of the most important means of spreading music is to ensure that it is first popular in one’s home country, adding that this causes the ripple effect of having locals themselves wanting to share that music wherever they go. “It’s important that we at home get the concept of loving our own stuff,” she said. “And Guyanese do love their own music, but the biggest problem is that the general populace has not been exposed enough to Guyanese music as of recent.” She stated that a few years ago, Guyanese music had large play on the radio and television, but today, it is less so. “I really don’t feel that Guyanese have a problem with their own music, especially since the standards have improved greatly over the years. Even though, economically, it hasn’t been beneficial for artistes, producers etc, people are still investing in themselves to make better stuff,” she said. FILMDOM When she’s not in the studio, the talented artiste is also very active in the filmmaking industry. Having always felt connected to television and the behind-the-scenes workings of music videos she has been a part of in the past, Melissa took up studying Motion Picture Arts in Barbados at the University of the West Indies. After realising that she not only had a talent for production, but also writing, she left UWI, having penned three feature films and five short films. ‘A BITTER LIME’ Melissa then returned to Guyana, after turning down offers to stay in Barbados, and then in 2012 was put in contact with an Australian director looking to begin filming for a movie in Guyana. And thus her work as production manager on the motion picture, “A Bitter Lime” began. The film features a couple from Los Angeles, who, tired of the metropolis, decides to move to a new country to start life all over again. Shooting for the movie took place in both LA and Guyana, but the film takes place primarily in the latter, and also utilises mostly Guyanese actors. Melissa says that the film has completed shooting, and is currently in post-production phase. “We are hoping to get it released in May, because it would be good to have a feature film on Guyana released at that time,” she said.

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