Melissa released her first music album Opened in 2008. The 23 year old, who studied music and teaching at Avondale College, wrote all the music and lyrics on the 13 track album.
“The songs are about recognising my weakness and recognising that God’s love is perfect,” says Melissa. “My music’s purpose is to reveal God’s true heart.”
Melissa says that inspiration for the first song the she wrote for the album, It’s Alright, came after she finished praying at the end of high school and was going through a period of not knowing what to do. “The music and lyrics just came to my mind,” she said.
The production of the album was largely a family affair. Melissa's siblings provided backing vocals and played some of the instruments.