I was born in 1986 in the stunning city of Riga, capital of Latvia, often called the little Paris as we have a great amount of Art Nuveau buildings in the city centre. At the time my destiny might have been already decided as we were under suppression of Soviet Union and sometimes when I look back at my life so far I am just grateful for the change that the World saw in late 1980s and early 1990s as my career and life has been solely depending on my family’s blessing and political change that allowed me to travel freely, gain education and work with numerous wonderful people. It is something that we can often take for granted, but in just very recent past people in certain parts of Europe were not allowed to leave the country, express their actual opinion, dream big and attempt to achieve.
Having played various roles in the music and media industries from a young age, I have a wealth of experience from both the ups and downs that anyone working hard experience in their careers. I started my career in music at the age of 12 by taking part in singing competitions and later forming my own self titled teen rock band where I was writing, singing and performing on a national scale. By the age of 15 whilst managing my own career without representation, I had become a household name in my native Latvia, gracing the covers of various magazines such as Cosmopolitan and FHM whilst my songs stayed on rotation on all the major radio and TV stations.
At the age of 16, Meldra joined forces with my guitar virtuoso dad and Latvian rock legend Johnny Salamander. We got to perform with the Liepaja Symphonic orchestra and Latvian National Opera Choir and headlining shows in front of up to 12,000 people at a time. We also worked with Multi Platinum selling Songwriter Producer Robert Wells (Arianna Grande) and Mats Leven (Singer at the Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen).
At the age of 19, I had graduated from Riga French Lyceum and it was time to move to UK to study music at the Academy of Contemporary Music. I ended up taking on a session musician role and working with artists such as Rod Steward, Ce Lo Green and Dappy performing at the Wembley Stadium, Graham Norton Show, Good Morning Britain to name a few.