Melissa Roberts was the name given to her by her parents when she was born on the 4th April but VANiLLA was the name given to her by her boyfriend a few years into their relationship. Born under the Taurus 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. Her singing career began when she was encouraged to record a tune by her fellow artiste, but only 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 hidden talents and wanted to take advantage of it.
For Mashramani 2007, she recorded the song “Queen of the Band” which 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. In 2009 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. In 2010 she once again placed second at the 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. After stating out of the competition for a few years, she returned in 2014 and once again captured the title Road March Queen.
As an individual who believes in ‘being everything you can be’ VANiLLA won the GABBF Miss Body Fitness Novice 2006 and Miss Body Fitness Intermediate 2007. She’s now a personal trainer and Nutritionist by profession. In the world of film, she has director over 20 music videos, worked as a second assistant director on the a Caribbean film “Sweet Bottom” and worked as the production manager on the international film “A Bitter Lime”
VANiLLA loves dancing and hanging out with her friends.