- Elissa


A native of Toronto, Canada, Elissa has been contributing to the dance music scene for over 15 years. Her talents have led her to tour the world in places such as Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, California, Miami, New York and Europe. She has been featured on over 100 compilations worldwide released by Universal Music, Sony Music and top dance labels.Elissa turned heads in North Amercia with her first single "Show Me How You Love Me". In 1996, this pop dance track bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100's chart giving her a first taste of radio success in Canada and the United States.In 1999, she released her first massive hit "Bailando". It was one of the most requested songs on radio and charted on both the National CHR and Dance Charts. Till this day, it is a club favourite worldwide putting Elissa on the map as a recording artist.Her next release "Mamboleo" was a Top 20 hit on the National CHR Charts and debut as the #6 top selling single in Canada in late 1999. "Mamboleo" earned Elissa heavy rotation on Kiss 98.5 FM Buffalo across the border from her hometown in Toronto and made it's way to international success. "Mamboleo" earned Elissa two Canadian Music Radio Award nominations for Best New Solo Artist and Best Rhythmic/R&B Artist.Her greatest achievement for the year 2000 was holding the #1 position with her single "Back To Me" on Toronto's hit music station Z103.5 FM Freestyle Frenzy program. She also received great support and heavy weekend rotation on the Johnny Budz Mix show on WKTU 103.5 FM in New York. "Back To Me" started charting in other countries and became a #1 hit on Brazilian dance and radio charts.In 2002, her first house single "The Light" won a Canadian Indies Award and a nomination for a Juno Award (equivalent to a U.S. Grammy) in the Best Dance Recording category. 2005 led Elissa to a few projects. Her release of the Radikal DJ's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" charted in both Canada and Singapore. Following this hit, Elissa released "Dream" in Singapore and it led to a #12 spot in the year end countdown on Singapore's hit radio station WKRZ 91.3 FM. This caught the attention of the team behind the Cascada project and Elissa gladly gave her writing credits for this single as it was re-released in Europe for dance recording artist Akira.In 2006, Elissa took America by storm with her single featuring producer Russ Castella titled "Truth". It hit the promotional circut with a high demand from U.S. Dj's. The song was remixed by 2011 Grammy Nominee DJ/Producer Mike Rizzo.By 2007, after a successful run in the dance community, Elissa released her greatest hits CD "I'm With The DJ". It included all of her chart topping hits as well as new productions from the same team that put together Latin Canadian artist Fito Blanko's CHR/International hits. She ended that year on various dance charts in Russia with her single released with the Italian production team EU4YA. "Tanti Auguri" was released on 12 dance compilations that year, including a MTV Russia CD along side Cristina Aguilera, Crystal Waters, JoJo, Akon and many more.2009 showed dance fans that Elissa hadn't lost her touch when her collab titled "Your Love Still Haunts Me" with Florida's production team Beat Thrillerz landed them a distribution release with Universal Music Canada and a #1 spot on BPM TV Top 20 Video Charts. The track received airplay in Canada and the U.S. and it also included a remix by DJ/Producer Cajjmere Wray who has also officially remxed songs such as On The Floor by J-Lo, Only Girl by Rihanna and Paparazzi by Lady Gaga.Taking a brief pause from the music scene, Elissa's music career is about to move in a new direction. She has been featured on MC Flipside's upcoming releases "Outta Control" and "All My Ladies". These tracks show her strong vocal and writing abilities. MC Flipside is Canada's most globally recognized DJ/Vocalist/Producer. His collaborative projects include releases with Deadmau5, Hatiras and Wolfgang Gartner to name a few. She has also co-written and lent her vocals for massive house producers for Tiesto's record label as well as Matteo Di Marr who has released music through Size Records and Spinnin Records. Dance is in Elissa's blood...she has many projects on the go for 2014 and she can't wait to share it all with the rest of the world!