Thursday, June 23, 2011

Melissa Arnette Elliott

Melissa Arnette Elliott

By NaQuila Hardy

Better known as Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was born July 1, 1971. At the age 4 she always knew that she wanted to be a performer. Melissa had an unfortunate fate of abuse in her early childhood because of selfish acts due to a close family member.

That didn’t stop Missy from having tested to have a very high IQ in school. This allowed her to jump two years ahead of her class, but Elliott wasn’t satisfied with this so she purposely failed to get back with her peers.

In 1990 Elliott got the chance to form an R&B group called Fayze. In 1991 the group captured the attention of Jodeci member and producer DeVante Swing. Fayze then later moved to New York City signing to Elektra Records through DeVante Swing Mob imprint.

Elliott then became very successful having two album runs in 1996 with Aaliyah and Genuwine as a song writer and producer. There have been various artists that Missy has produced for throughout the years.

Missy has a diverse and unique style to music as is a melting pot to a community. Being blessed with all of this allowed her to have a remarkable sale of records in the U.S., maintaining six albums that were certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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