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Author's BIO:

Hello. My name is Melissa Pettignano. I am 26 years old. I have been writing since I could write. I love expressing my feelings on paper and letting people read it and feel what I feel. I am a professional music artist as well, and hope to share that with many of you one of these days. I’ve won many awards for singing and writing . I am truly blessed, and I thank God everyday. My family is very big. My household contains my mother, father, brother, one cats and myself. I grew up in Jersey City until  I was seven  and then moved to Secaucus, New Jersey six months later. 

I went to Clarendon School until sixth grade when I graduated.  After that, I attended Secaucus Middle School for two years (seventh and eighth grade). After passing eighth grade, I graduated . For the first two years of my high school education, I attended Secaucus High School  ninth and tenth  grade. For the last  remaining two years, I was home schooled.  

I decided after tenth grade it was time for me to pursue my music, writing and modeling. I have done everything any young girl my age would want to pursue. I experienced many wonderful things, went to prom, and  learned a lot from my experiences. I didn’t have it easy when I was younger. I didn’t have it hard either, but I’ve been through a lot since then.  My faith has and always will be a part of me and it has truly helped me with a lot. If anything faith is #1 to really bring you to your roots. 

One of the biggest losses I have had to deal with was losing my aunt, Arlene T. Babakitis on September 11, 2001.  I’ve shown  my love and support  through writing and music. That day was a day no one will ever forget. I pray for everyone, and my love is with them all. I started writing when I was in fifth grade “Suzanne Lantana” and I’ve been hooked since. 

As I stated earlier certain things are real, but sometimes that is what makes a story interesting. It’s fun to figure what’s real and what’s not. This book, a collection of short stories, is something I feel many young girls and even  some boys can relate to. I say this because many pre-teens and teenagers have so much to say and sometimes don’t get the chance to say it. These stories will make many pre-teens and teenagers say,  as they read, “I know what she went through“, “I know of a friend who is going through the same thing” or, “I went to a party just like that,” or  “my school does the same thing. ”  By this,  they can gain some sense of  certain situations and relate or learn from it.


MUSIC BIO:

Melissa Ann Maria Pettignano , was born on January 3rd 1988, on one of the coldest days of the year.Melissa started showing signs of musicial talent at the age of two, singing along and dancing to songs like, Connie Francis, The Supremes, and many others. Her family, as much as her self, has a fond love and respect for the Doo Wops , as well as many other artists in the musical world of entertainment. 

Her father and her aunt are the Doo Wop group/duo named Rickie and Vickie . Rickie and Vickie came out with Joanie/Why Are You So In Love in the early 1960's. They were with Angletone Records. For Melissa it wasn't just Doo Wop Melissa was fond of. Melissa sang and danced along to many other great artists of many different decades.

Melissa's parents knew she was a true artist in her own right for all the many gifts and blessings she was given by the Grace Of God. Melissa from a very young age knew she was destined for something more, something bigger beyond herself, thanks to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She knew she was destined to be a performer, as well as all the other talents she possessed.

At the age of seven years old Melissa started performing. She would perform in school, at other schools, contests, talents shows,family functions.events and of course her #1 place,The Church of the Lord singing Gospel music.In 2003 Melissa won for Outstanding Soloist at the Sixth Flags Grade Adventure Competition. Her school chorus as well won that year.

Melissa has won countless awards for singing, but she is as well an author and won awards in the literary field.After her completing her tenth grade year of high school, she knew it was time to pursue her careers all the way. After discussing with her family, she was home-schooled for the last two years of her high school education. In that time she was signed to IMTS - Industry Model And Talent Studio's, at the bold age of eighteen. 

There is where she started with modeling as well as got to be an extra in Spider Man 3 the movie. During this time she was finishing up on her manuscript for her children's book and of course like always writing her music.Her book went live July 13th 2007 and from that point on she has been promoting in newspapers, magazines, radio, tv, etc.In 2009, Melissa and her father Raymond Pettignano Sr, wrote a song entitled: Gave you One More Chance, which has started to already get radio airplay.Keep a look out for Melissa Pettignano.  GOD BLESS!!

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