Love letter from America

Singer and songwriter Melissa Baydemir has got through to the live shows for national competition Open Mic UK.

Monday, 15th September 2014, 10:36 am
Preston singer/song writer Melissa Baydemir
Preston singer/song writer Melissa Baydemir

The 15-year-old was born in Preston and moved to Florida when she was five, where she lived until the age of 13.

Out there she discovered her love for music and a passion for songwriting.

At 13, when moving back to the UK, the family settled in Penwortham.

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Unfortunately, she suffered bullying due to her accent but this only inspired her even more with songwriting, combined with her Christian faith, and she has gone from strength-to-strength.

She is now a regional finalist for Open Mic UK 2014 after 
auditioning the angelic performance of her song ‘Forever and Always’.

The competition itself has been a platform for artists including Lucy Spraggan, Jahmene Douglas and previous winner Brit Awards nominee Birdy.