MJ (formerly known as Melissa Jiménez) is a recording artist, singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, model and actress. She is recently known for participating on NBC’s mega hit show “The Voice” Season 6 as a Top 20 contestant, Top 5 on Team Usher & TELEVISA’s “La Voz México” (The Voice México) Final Season as a Finalist on Team Alejandro Sanz.
Born in Queens, NY, MJ was raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey by her greek mother, Maria (Anagnostos), and Mexican father, Horacio Jiménez. MJ’s musical experience began early, going to studio sessions and rehearsals with her father (singer/multi-instrumentalist) since she was a baby. At age 14, she took the place of her mother in her father’s 10 piece orchestra as lead vocalist. Singing different genres of music such as jazz standards, pop, r&b, soul, funk, latin, greek, classical, bossa novas, etc. Within no time, the teenager was writing her own songs and accompanying herself on guitar and piano. She also discovered a love for dance and started taking dance classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, mambo, tap and hiphop/street jazz at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
MJ currently has her song “1 TO LOVE” featured Exclusively on Amazon’s “LOVE ME” playlist
She has her first EP debuting in April 2017!
Throughout her career, MJ had incredible opportunities working, recording, collaborating and performing as a featured artist with a variety of people and artists in the music industry:
- Sugar Hill Records, Ruff Ryders Entertainment & Roc-A-Fella Records with Damon Dash
- Rapper Drag-On’s song “U Had Me” and appearing on Styles P’s video “Daddy Gotta Get That Cash”
- Rapper Beanie Sigel’s single & music video “Feel It In The Air” from the 2005certified platinum album The B. Coming
- Singer-rapper Wyclef Jean’s tribute song “Selena” (verse written by MJ) & single
- “Touch Your Button (Carnival Jam)” from the 2007 album Carnival Vol.II: Memoirs of an Immigrant
- Featured in the song “Dance With Me” (written by MJ) included in the major motion picture/soundtrack “First Daughter” starring Michael Keaton, directed by Forest Whitaker
- Featured in the song “Take The Lead (Wanna Ride)” (verse written by MJ) featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony, Wisin & Yandel and Fatman Scoop produced by Swizz Beatz. Included in the major motion picture/soundtrack “Take The Lead” starring Antonio Banderas, directed by Liz Friedlander
- Mexican-American Cumbia group A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All-Starz latin single & music video “Rica Y Apretadita” from the 2008 album Planeta Kumbia
- Toured Europe and the United States performing on stage and TV shows with Wyclef Jean (AOL Sessions, Yahoo Sessions, MTV Artist of the Week Commercial)
- Toured the United States performing on stage and TV shows with A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All-Starz (Cristina, Don Francisco, Premios Billboards, Premios Deportes, Alma Awards, Premios Texas Awards)
- Toured around the world performing on stage with Nile Rodgers and CHIC as a lead vocalist
- Performed the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, Giants Stadium & the U.S. Open
- Performed “Amazing Grace” at the first 9/11 Memorial Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
- Featured in Complex Magazine and King Magazine and others
- Featured voice on Hershey’s Drops commercial
- Top 20 on The Voice Season 6 Team Usher
- Finalist on La Voz México Final Season Team Alejandro Sanz