|Birth name||Melissa Ashley Graham|
|Also known as||Queenie, Diva, Wiggy, Maggie|
|Occupation(s)||Singer DancerTV Presenter Paramedic|
|Labels||Edel Records. Jive Records 1997–1999 (Girl Band)
Zomba Records 2000–2003(Solo)
|Associated acts||Solid HarmoniE Raffish Afroz|
1995–1999: Solid HarmoniE
Graham joined Solid HarmoniE as an original member in 1995 and signed their first record deal in New York with Jive/Zomba records. They had success in the following few years. The band enjoyed considerable success and popularity in Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, Japan, and Malaysia, where they had toured on different occasions during 1997 until 1998. They released one album and five singles until the group split up in 1999. During this time they sold over 2 million records and Toured with the Backstreet Boys, Nysnc, Peter Andre amongst others.
In 2014 she reunited with band members Beki Onslow and Elisa Cariera for a reunion tour and they released a new single called ‘Circus’ which was written by Melissa Graham and Tim Laws.
Melissa started a solo career in 1999 and started a new album in the Netherlands where her former band had been cordially received by the fans. Her first single Bulletproof was released on 6 November 2000 in Germany and it was recorded to reach 89 of German top 100. Shortly after two more singles Welcome to my World and Hello World (Belle Perez Cover) were released which were reasonable successful in the Netherlands. She was still to finish her solo album as of 2003, but her album was never released due to some unresolved issues with her recording company. Melissa was also the face of Italian clothing company Freesoul. She also appeared in a 6-page feature in FHM, making the ‘Girls of Summer’ Special edition 2001.
She then went on to write a number one single for Girl Band ‘Raffish’ with ‘Plaything’. She also co-wrote the title track to ‘The Afroz’ album, called ‘Aint it Funny’.
In 2015 she co wrote and sang on Warriors of the Dystotheque’s first Album ‘The Future is Ours’. The track was called Atom Vibe. This Album was received warmly on Radio BBC2 and BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 6 Music BBC Radio 1 Across The Line Electric Mainline RTE 2XM BBC Introducing in Coventry and Warwickshire.
In 2017 she was commissioned to write and produce the Title track and incidental music for an up coming TV series. The name of the series has not yet been released as is still in production.
She studied Paramedic Science at University of Coventry and was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Emergency Practice from Derby University. She still holds a paramedic Licence.
Melissa has attended the BSA (Birmingham School of Acting) and started her acting career in a few short films. She took a small but pertinent role in the short Sci Fi Film I.R.I.S. with film director Hazraf ‘HaZ’ Dullul
In 2016 she starred in Mera Mahi NRI alongside actors Kulvinder Ghir (Goodness Gracious Me) and Hardy Sandu. This was released in Spring 2017.
She also took a featured role in the upcoming Sci Fi Thriller ‘The Beyond’ which is the brain child of talented producer and VFX genius Hazraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull. The Beyond will be available in the US on January 9th 2018 via Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, Vudu, Microsoft XBOX, YouTube, Cox Communications, Dish Communications, Suddenly and Verizion Fios. She has also been credited as assistant production manager and casting director for this Movie.
Melissa started DJing around 2 years ago and is producing her first EP one half of the EAT VEGANS collective. The EAT VEGANS are set to release their First EP in Spring 2018. She favours Deep House and progressive house but plays a few different genres and played at Sol House Ibiza in 2016.
TV APPEARANCES Melissa and Solid HarmoniE have appeared on The National Lottery, TOTP and Melissa was recently Featured on BBC2’s ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ with Kriss Akabusi, Katy B, Johnny Borell, Alex Brooker and was hosted by Jack Whitehall.