Melissa Polinar
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Melissa Polinar

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Music Connection Critique"

"....This artist has a voice that is not only skilled and imaginative, but distinctive in its tonal quality, allowing her to take the material to a higher level. “Always Need You” is piece of material that has commercial radio appeal. “Other Side” allows Polinar to show a surplus of soul in a sinuous, three-part vocal arrangement."

- Music Connection Magazine (January 2006)


"....a naturally strong vocal presence." - October 23, 2005 (

"Acoustic LIVE judges (Los Angeles, CA)"

"...extremely talented."

"rich, strong songs."

"powerful voice..."

"...great energy in your voice and delivery."

"...great stage presence."

"...very good musicianship."

"....what a surprising voice....and a very likeable & dynamic stage presence." - from: October 23 & 31, 2005 (review bites)

"UNSIGNED Music Magazine - Issue 27, October 2006"

"....Melissa had the goods and brought home the grand prize"

"It didn't take long for INgrooves to decide who they wanted to work with and they are very excited about the chance to work with Melissa."

>>>>in regards to winning "Fan Your Band To Fame Contest"
(Sponsored by: INgrooves -

- (k.l. hamlett)

""Sound Vault Sessions - EP" Music Review"

Just when I thought I was too old and musically jaded to be captivated by anything new, along comes Melissa Polinar to drag me out of my molehole by what’s left of my hair. Truth be told, I didn’t have to be forced out; I came willingly, having heard some of Polinar’s earlier tunes on MySpace a while back. But those offerings were just the bait that enticed me to the trap. Now, with the release of “The Sound Vault Sessions”, the trap has been fully sprung.

“Sound Vault Sessions” is, quite succinctly, a revelation. Whereas in her previous catalog Melissa’s charms were clearly evident, this new EP makes her talent abundantly and aggressively obvious. Major props to the Texas-based Cabrera brothers (Sid and Greg) for brilliant production values that keep the emphasis where it belongs - on Melissa’s uncanny voice. And what a voice it is – a glorious instrument equally capable of delicate surgical precision and blunt force trauma.

The Polinar pipes can stand on their own, but fortunately they don’t have to. On “Sound Vault Sessions” Melissa is backed up by crack studio cat Sid Cabrera whose multi-instrumental support kicks this effort way over the top. Check out the opening moments of “Sing To Me”, where a snakey bassline and rimshot-laden drum pattern recall the kind of off-kilter stutterbeat Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts used to do so well. A tasty guitar fill rolls into the mix, then Melissa lays down a smoldering “MMMmmmmm” that could overheat the laser on your CD player. By the time everybody arrives at the first chorus you’ll be jukin’ around like a dashboard bobblehead on a dirt road.

But the big beating heart at the core of everything is Melissa Polinar. Strip away all else, as in the “unplugged” version of “Meant To Be”, and you’ll realize what a special artist this is. Her songwriting, her playing, and of course her singing cannot be praised highly enough. Seriously, if Ms. Polinar can’t move you, you’ve got some issues that need to be addressed. Or you may be dead.

“Melissa Polinar - The Sound Vault Sessions” is currently available for download at all the usual places. At this time there is no record label listed – but rest assured, this is a major work from a major artist. - Asian Talent Online - Steve Foley


Melissa Polinar "Sound Vault Sessions - EP" (digital release/limited release on CD format 2007)
Melissa Polinar "(self-titled)" (independent released 2005, 2006)
Melissa Polinar "intro...." (independent released 2006)

To listen, go to:

Available at:
>>>>iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, Ruckus and much more (for "Sound Vault Sessions - EP")
>>>>SoundClick, CD Baby & (for previous releases)



Based in North Texas, Melissa began her musical journey in an age where careers were born via viral promotion and continuously fueled by grassroots following. She actively posted YouTube videos starting in 2008 which now cumulatively garnered millions of hits. Her claim to online popularity wasn't because of her covers but original work. A true singer/songwriter, Polinar's voice, musicianship, and songwriting made avid fans out of some of music industry's veterans and leaders such as QuestloveIndia.ArieJay Sean, Karmin, Ernie Halter, and Tony Lucca

Polinar's independently released full-length album entitled "Calls & Echoes" was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, India.Arie, Guy Sebastian), Josiah Bell(Johnnyswim, Jaden Smith, Mat Kearney) and Jesse Barrera (Jeremy Passion, AJ Rafael, My American Heart). With a mix of acoustic soul, folk, and vulnerably honest vocals, the project features Melissa's musical versatility yet pulls everything together with sheer cohesiveness. 

“Polinar channels the soulfulness of Tracy Chapman and the folkie punch of Stevie Nicks while intermittently tapping on her guitar to keep rhythm...Polinar’s vast musical collage makes it nearly impossible to ascribe her sound to any particular genre.” -Adam Joseph (Monterey County Weekly)

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