BRADFORD singer Melissa Steel is tipped to be the star of the summer after riding high in music charts with debut single Kisses for Breakfast.
Set to a catchy tropical beat, the single features the vocals of Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan, who has worked with acts such as Snoop Dogg and Drake. Kisses for Breakfast entered the UK commercial radio charts at Number 6 and is filling up the dance floors across Europe this summer.
The video, filmed in Jamaica, sees Melissa at the centre of a beach party on sunkissed sands, dancing beneath palm trees as the sun goes down.
The 20-year-old signed a deal with Atlantic Records earlier this year and is currently working on writing and recording her debut album with producers such as Bless Beats and Jamaica's Baby G. She has already worked with several big names in the music business, including Kove, Sneakbo and producers High Frequency.
Melissa, who is half Jamaican, also features on another summer single, dance act Kove's Way We Are. On her Facebook page she lists her influences as Rihanna, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Bob Marley, Whitney Houston and Maria Carey.
Melissa is building a loyal fanbase, with celebrity followers including One Direction hottie and fellow Bradfordian Zayn Malik, who has tweeted the young star. A YouTube video shows Melissa and Zayn dancing in a house with another friend.
In a recent online blog, Melissa says that she has been working towards a music career since she was 11-years-old. Five years ago she started uploading videos onto YouTube, which showcased her talents and led to new contacts and an invitation to record material in London.
Melissa blogs: "I’ve been doing music for ten years now. I'm so proud of myself for doing this on my own. I’ve had times where I’ve felt like giving up and felt like this was never going to happen for me, but instead of giving up, I focused on my goals and believed I could do it.
"This is all I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a little girl. Sitting in my room imagining what I want my future to be like. Now those images are coming true."