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Introducing Stockholm singer Melina Leiva

Melina Leiva is an up’n’coming Stockholm artist, who is getting ready to release her musical debut in March. We had the chance to talk to Melina at the studio.

Melina Leiva is a 16-year-old from the Stockholm suburb of Hässelby, and her parents come from Argentina and Chile.

“I’ve always loved music, since I was six years old. And I’ve always been involved with music at school and everywhere.”, Melina explains.

Melina is signed to Octave Music Group and her producer Jani Avalon found her through an Instagram video. Or as Melina actually tells it, it was Jani’s wife who found the video and showed it to him. She had to do a fair bit of convincing to get him on board – but it turned out well for all sides.

So now, about seven months after that Instagram video caught their attention, Melina Leiva’s debut single All I ever wanted is set for release later in March.

“It’s a song about losing someone you love very much. Jani wrote it for his grandma. It’s a very beautiful song.”

The song has an acoustic feel with relaxed guitar strums in the background. We also had a sneak preview of Melina’s second single due for release in May, which had a totally different summery vibe.


In general Melina describes her music as pop music with urban influences. Currently her music is being written by her production team, but Melina would be interested in writing her own songs in the future.

“I always write at home, so that’s a thing I would like to do in the future. In my songs, I would like to talk about love, and I always write about my feelings.”

Melina is currently working with four new songs, which will be released in the summer. Among others she is working on a song with the Swedish artist Younes.

“Working in the studio is very intensive, but at the same time we have fun. We laugh a lot.”

Melina has also recently played her first live shows, some of them alongside Swedish rap legend Dogge Doggelito.

When asked about her influences, Melina mentions Rihanna and Beyoncé. She also says she’s very happy to see many Swedish artists, such as Zara Larsson, getting big success around the world.

“My biggest dream would be to be a big artist and work with music all my life.”

EDIT: Melina Leiva‘s debut single All I Ever Wanted is out now


About Nina Uddin

Nina Uddin
Nina is a freelance translator and writer, who also takes her photography pretty seriously. Popular music in all its forms is her biggest passion and she knows what's going on in the Stockholm (and Swedish) music scene.

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