Raised in North Texas, Melissa began her musical journey in an age where careers were born via viral promotion and continuously fueled by grassroots following. She actively posted YouTube videos starting in 2008 which now cumulatively garnered millions of hits. Her claim to online popularity wasn't because of her covers but original work. A true singer/songwriter, Polinar's voice, musicianship, and songwriting made avid fans out of some of music industry's veterans and leaders such as Questlove, India.Arie, Jay Sean, Karmin, Ernie Halter, and Tony Lucca.
Polinar's independently released full-length album entitled "Calls & Echoes" was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, India.Arie, Guy Sebastian), Josiah Bell (Johnnyswim, Jaden Smith, Mat Kearney) and Jesse Barrera (Jeremy Passion, AJ Rafael, My American Heart). With a mix of acoustic soul, folk, and vulnerably honest vocals, the project features Melissa's musical versatility yet pulls everything together with sheer cohesiveness.
“Polinar channels the soulfulness of Tracy Chapman and the folkie punch of Stevie Nicks while intermittently tapping on her guitar to keep rhythm...Polinar’s vast musical collage makes it nearly impossible to ascribe her sound to any particular genre.” -Adam Joseph (Monterey County Weekly)