What's your full name?
Melissa Marion St Rose
How did you get your artiste name?
Melly Rose came from one of my best friends She gave me that name when I was 15 and she always wanted the name Melly Rose to be a name she alone could call me lol. Later when we both went off to college, she came to visit me on my campus and while hanging with my friends she called me Melly Rose and it stuck! Everyone started calling me Melly Rose.
What is your Nationality?
How old were you when your talent became evident and you knew you were gifted? Feel free to give some details.
I was 7. My dad is a pastor and at that age, he added me to the choir. After that I couldn’t stop singing
Who is your biggest musical and non-musical inspiration?
So many. I’m most inspired by the emotions of the world, especially recently. My view point of the world and the people is also a big inspiration. Musically, I’m versatile with my selection of music, my inspiration comes from multiple artist/ genres/ songs.
Besides what you’re known for, what else can you do really well that the general public is clueless about?
I can cook, I actually love cooking.
What are your all-time top 3 songs from your own catalog.
1. Definitely this this one ‘Shine Pon Me’.
2. Body Good
3. Get It From Mama
Are you happily married/taken, or single living your best life?
I have a boo lol.
What is your most memorable performance or experience to date?
The Nigerian Entertainment Awards. That experience was amazing. That awards show is one of the biggest shows in Africa and I was able to not just perform but was also nominated for an award. I’m so grateful for that experience and definitely my most memorable so far.
Soca music is still not recognized as a mainstream music genre. Why do you think this is and what do you think is the first step to bring about change?
I think we need numbers all around. Streaming, artist, content, support. We need more numbers.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
By Gods grace, on a larger platform and doing more non-profit work.
Do you have a favourite song (not one of your own)? If you do, can you tell us what it is and why it's this particular one?
At this moment I’ve been listening to this song called 'Claim It' by G Child as well as 'Holy' by Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper on repeat. With all the craziness going on in the world, I’m in need of some light and these songs light my spirit at the moment.
Who do you think is the most under-rated Soca artiste in the Caribbean?
Wow so many lol. There’s M1, Jimmy October, Adanna ... the list goes on.
What's your favorite dish to cook?
That differs according to the day. Some days I make a mean pasta, then others I make my callaloo, fried rice, macaroni pie, baked fish and peas and potato salad.
What genre besides Soca can we find right now in your personal music playlist?
I have a good bit of Afro.
Life of the party or do you prefer to lay back and go with the flow?
Lol it’s according to the environment.. I can be all of the above.
Dreams of working with anyone in particular, performing on any specific event or in a certain country?
I would love to work with some locals, like Patrice, Kes, Machel and many others. But in general I would really love to create beautiful music with beautiful people.
Snakes ... really, really dislike them.
Will you be releasing more new material even though no carnivals are being planned for the foreseeable future?
Most definitely, there are still people that I can share with who love the music so why not?
Any other Soca rising stars in the Caribbean we should keep an eye out for?
Jonnelle Manwaring, I love her talent and she a great person.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I think its, not giving up lol. It’s not easy to be an artist and so many things come your way that make you question everything you’re doing and it’s so much easier to quit than to keep going so I say I’m most proud that I didn’t give up.
If you had the chance to make one wish a reality, what would you wish for?
Wow. At this moment, give the world peace.
Any last words for the people of Europe?
Hi guys, hope to see you guys soon, sending lots of love and positive vibes.