was born in England in 1972 to a Singaporean-Chinese mother and an English father. Her formal piano training began at the age of 6 and she went on to receive a diploma when she was 18, but it was in the years prior to this that her informal ear training started, thanks to her father, a church organist and jazz pianist. Melissa hummed harmonies to just about everything she heard and later, after her younger sister was born, they would sing in three-part harmony at home and in church.
During her school years, spent in UK and Singapore, Melissa played the cello and the Welsh folk harp, encouraged by her music teacher Lorna Wareham, who gave Melissa one-to-one tuition in harmony, counterpoint and composition. She also took part in various choral activities and earned a role in the school's 'Barbershop choir' (previously all-male) as a tenor!
Melissa continued to be active in the musical environment during her years at Kent University, and after a period of time spent in London and in Scandinavia, touring as an actress with a theatre-in-education company, Melissa decided to move to Italy and there slipped into the jazz scene
She went on to study with Barry Harris, Stjepko Gut, Dennis Jeter and LaVerne Jackson.
Melissa has worked with many musicians on the Italian and international jazz scene, namely Greg Burk, the American pianist/composer , New York bassist Jonathon Robinson, drummer of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Gerald Cleaver, pianists Antonio Ciacca, Nico Menci and Max Chirico, guitar player Davide Brillante, bass players Pietro Ciancaglini, Nicola Muresu and Danilo Gallo and drummers Alessandro Minetto, Dave Ohm and Aljosa Jeric.
Melissa is the author/composer of original pieces such as "I Think of You", "An Imaginary Girl", "Ella" and she writes the arrangements for her sextet. Her voice is described as sweet and fresh, but also as warm and sultry with an easy swing that brings meaning to the simplest of melodies. "one of the most interesting voices on the scene"
(Bologna da Vivere, June 2003) "After the Afro-American atmosphere of Benny Golson’s sax, now it’s the turn of one of the most acclaimed new voices on the scene Even if Ms. Stott is performing with the sextet as a vocalist, let’s not forget that the qualities of this musician do not stop here. First class arranger and classical pianist, the young artiste will undertake the classic repertoire of the American Songbooks"
(il Resto del Carlino, June 2003) Check out the official website at www.melissastott.com Contact for bookings and information