With over 45,000 downloads sold to date in 2013, Melissa Otero is an internationally acclaimed musical artist in both the Latin and Pop/Rock world. Born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico, Melissa felt compelled to honor both her American and Latin roots in her music by writing and performing in both English and Spanish. She released her first single “My First Everything” in 2006 which became the #1 single for two consecutive weeks on Hot 96 in Portland, Oregon.
On Christmas day in 2008, her first LP was released titled “My Spirit” and it received massive radio airplay in parts of Western Europe, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US. By 2010, Melissa had toured the US, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In April 2012, the official music video of the song “Angels and Demons” was released on VEVO, making Melissa one of the first independent artists to release a music video with the giant video company. Due to the success on VEVO and YouTube, Melissa was growing a demand and she went on her first official tour with her musicians titled the Angels and Demons Tour
In October 2012, almost immediately after the success of her tour, Angels and Demons was released on the Rock Band® Network, making it the 4,001 song on their roster. During the same time, the producers from the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms took notice of the track and decided to include it in their following season. On January 1st, 2013, Angels and Demons debuted on Dance Moms, their third season premier with 2.8 million viewers. It was the shows most viewed premier to date, making it a huge success for both Lifetime TV and Melissa. The song was used for the group performance in the In10city Dance Competition in Denver, Colorado.
Melissa Otero’s long-awaited new album “Angels and Demons” is a startlingly impressive, aptly-titled adventure into the adult contemporary sound. Brimming with weighty themes and fierce versatility, it should win her newfound respect.
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Throughout its 11 tracks Melissa runs the gamut of emotions as skillfully as always, with solid pop-rock sounds and hip urban dance beats, all courtesy of some fine production work to match. Singing with wild abandon, slow-burning passion and all the places in-between, she sinks her teeth into many themes. The soaring, graceful title-track mirrors some of her immense vocal and songwriting talents.
This album showcases Melissa’s true artistic talent and her willingness to stretch her relevancy as an artist in this modern age plagued by one hit wonders and pop garbage. It’s a stunning display of artistry and takes you through so many waves that you’ll be pressing replay so many times your fingers will go numb. Besides the title track, check out; Closer (feat Logikil), Spellbound, I Miss You and White Line Fever.
I am particularly in love with Melissa’s Spanish songs, With You, and Tu Corazon which remains my absolute favorite on the album. Few female singers have a voice that captures so much power and grace than hers and when she sings in Spanish she sends chills up my spine with her unique style.
“Angels and Demons” is an excellent album, but I would expect nothing less from a singer-songwriter like Melissa Otero. Expect to love this from the very first listen, yet be prepared as these songs also get better and better with each subsequent listen. I’m officially hooked on this album right now, and listen to it constantly. This album is a window into the world of an artist who knows exactly what she wants exactly what she’s got and exactly who she is.
Melissa Otero is destined for major success; don’t miss the chance to listen to an explosive talent in evolution… next time around you may just have to deal with ‘Sold Out’ signs!
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