Melissa Roberts is her given name Vanilla was the name given to her by her boyfriend a few years into their relationship. Born under the ARIES sign, she is an individual of passion and extreme drive and her personality has a wide spread venom that touches people where ever she goes. She is recognized by many as a strong woman who is very consistent and always gives her best in all that she does. She was never a singer , well maybe in her bathroom….but because she worked at a recording studio she was encouraged to record a tune by her fellow artiste, but later took up the challenge when she was approached by Mr. Burchmore Simon of Kross Kolor Records who is now her manager. In 2005 she recorded her first song “Koc It Up” on the Kross Kolor Label which was featured on the annual compilation album “Wine Till Yuh Drop Volume 2”. Later that year Vanilla recorded her second song “Boy” and that propelled her into the realms of the elite performers in Guyana, and in that same year she teamed up with Guyanese Soca sensation Lilman to record the single “Wine it up”. By that time Vanilla realized that she had talents hidden in her and wanted to take it to another level. For Mashramani 2007, she recorded the song “Queen Of The Band” which eventually won the Road March competition beating the reigning Soca monarch that year and thirty others. This was a significant achievement since that was her first year in that competition and she was convinced that she can make a difference in the entertainment arena in Guyana. In 2008 she lost the crown but because she never gives up she decided to continue in the competition. The following year she placed second at the sixth annual Carib Soca Monarch competition with the song “Rude” and also regained her title as Queen of the road. Vanilla is an artist with tremendous potential, whom with the right guidance can achieve greatness. She placed second at the 2010 Soca Monarch competition and remains undefeated as the Queen of the road being the only female artist in Guyana to have won the title three times. She has a few hit singles which were all produced by Kross Kolor Records.
As a well rounded individual Vanilla won the GABBF Miss Body Fitness Novice 2006 and Miss Body Fitness Intermediate 2007. She is a video editor, director and a manager at the company she works with. She loves dancing and hanging out with her friends.
She favours the quote, “it is better to have loved and lost, than to never love at all