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Melissa “MoonChild” Stokes was born in California to a Nicaraguan mother, who sang for popular radio stations in her country.  Melissa was raised in Africa and the Middle East. From an early age, MoonChild wrote and published poetry. MoonChild’s musical influences include Celia Cruz, Prince, Armando Manzanero and Sadé. She is a songwriter and sings everything from Latin ballads to Hip Hop tracks and Smooth Jazz and R&B to Electronic Dance. She has performed thousands of people and opened for Smokey Robinson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.  She performs regularly with Willie Stewart of Third World and his Rhythms of Africa. She absorbed the rich tapestry of music and dance from the world around her: the orchestra of drums deep in the forest throughout the nights in Liberia, and the heart-felt, melodious prayers sung five times a day from the several mosques surrounding her homes in Morocco and Bahrain. After completing two years of pre-med and dance at the University of California, San Diego, MoonChild relocated to the east coast, where she found her voice. She performs at Jazz Festivals, charity events, health fairs, live music lounges and many other venues including the Save the Twinz: Live Pink! Women Who Jam Concert Series. MoonChild released a re-mixed version of her first project, Eclectic Collection I, in 2012, a jazzy, R&B, independent CD, and she is working on a new album. Moonchild can be found on all social media.