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Left Eye’s protégé T’Melle talks recovering from tragic accident and new single

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While the world was grieving the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez from the internationally-known girl group TLC, others who were injured in the fatal car crash were recovering from their injuries. T’Melle was one of the passengers who had been hurt on that tragic day in April of 2002. Although she suffered major injuries to her left leg and hip that threatened to end her days as a dancer, T’Melle was determined to pursue a music career, and now she has a brand new single and video out to prove that she is far from a quitter.

As a teenager, T’Melle moved from Philadelphia to Atlanta in hopes of making it big in the entertainment industry. She became a background singe for Usher and eventually became a protégé to Left Eye.

The singer says that even though she went through one of the hardest periods of her life after losing her mentor and facing life-changing injuries, she wasn’t going to let anything deter her from her goals and dreams that she’s held close ever since she was a child.

“I’m the girl that still had hope when life took a turn. After a tragic car accident, I was told I might never run or dance again. Losing Left Eye — the person I looked up to, who impacted the world — was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. I’m the girl that people told to quit and that this wasn’t going to happen for me. I’m the girl who’s been told ‘no’ way more than the word yes,” T’Melle said in a press release. “I represent survival, determination and empowerment!”

T’Melle is now ready to show the world that she’s an amazing singer and dancer who is fit for stardom. She released a video for her new single, “Drop It Down,” in August. She calls her sound “edgy R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta).”

“[This is] a feel good video that moves you and put’s you in a 90s feel where people hung out at the playground to get away from their problems. It’s about different age groups getting together and uniting but also how life can change in a minute all from a bad decision and what’s going on in the world today,” she says.

For updates on T’Melle and her future projects, follow her on Instagram and Twitter @ItsTMelle​.

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