Mel Xkejfa is a singer/songwriter, who, formerly half of the successful Maltese band Chasing Pandora, has gone on to a solo career.
Mel moved to Gozo from Canada at the age of 7, and always knew that music would be her way of life. However, she found the lack of opportunities in Gozo frustrating and put her desire to become a lead singer in a band on the back seat whilst she studied for University.
After her graduation in 2004 she found a job at Tickety-boo, an artist management company which manages comedian Billy Connolly and is owned by Steve Brown, who was a producer on recordings like Empty Sky and Duets.
Working as Brown’s PA, her job took an unexpected twist one day when he heard her sing and offered to help her realise her dream.
After introducing Brown to Keith Anthony, the duo Chasing Pandora was formed and their first EP was released in 2006 at a launch concert in Malta. Their single, Feel the Rain, reached the top of the charts in Malta and won “Best Newcomer Award” at the Bay Music Awards.
In May 2007, Chasing Pandora released their debut album, Mocking the Mocking Bird, receiving great local acclaim. December of that year also saw the group receive 3 Malta Music Awards.
Brown has also impacted Heavenly Blue’s career.
Heavenly Blue are a young sister and brother song-writing duo who live on the Maltese Island of Gozo: Hannah Heavenly and Arlo Blue.
Laura Best, Personal Assistant at Tickety-Boo, tells Eltonjohnworld.com that Steve is their manager. He is also their father.
Originally from London, Hannah moved with her folks to Gozo when she was two years old, where Arlo was born 9 months later. Their parents thought it would be an adventure to move out of London for a few years and 12 years later they are still there.