"MELIA, singer, songwriter & lead guitarist of alternative rock band MELIA (Rochester NY), delivers a powerful, passionate, true to the music live performance as energetic as the stage presence that compliment each other in a profound chemistry from band members in Angelo Marasco (bass), Jimmy Whitaker (rhythm guitar) and Erik Wheater (drums)." ~TMRN Nick Rapidfire
MELIA is a 3x Winner 2012 Indie Music Channel Awards, "Best Female Rock Artist", "Best Rock Song" and "Song of the Year" ("Just A Bride") as well as 2013 "Best Female Rock Artist". - MELIAROCKS.com
Photoworx by TMRNWorld Nick Rapidfire
Carteret Avenue Stage, Jersey Shore Festival
MELIA performed (set-two) Sunday, May 21st 2017
MELIA has become known as one of the top female indie rock artists on the music scene today. The winner of 3 awards, including "Best Female Rock Artist", as well as "Best Rock Song" and “Song of the Year” (“Just A Bride”) at the 2012 Indie Music Channel Awards held at the House of Blues in Hollywood, again in 2013 “Best Female Rock Artist” and once again “Best Female Rock Artist” and “Best Rock Song” (“Charge Like A Bull”) in 2016. Melia’s first EP “Soundproof Walls” as well as her most recent ep “Skeletal Remains” has received rave reviews.
"Skeletal Remains" was released in December of 2015. The ep was recorded in NYC at The Magic Shop and was engineered and produced by Grammy winning Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, Shakira).
Melia began her music career as a guitarist at the age of 16. She had been trying to get her parents to let her take guitar lessons after going to her first Green Day show during its “American Idiot” tour two years earlier. They made her wait two years before taking up lessons, which she feels propelled her motivation. She excelled at guitar very quickly, practicing 6-8 hours a day and within eight months of taking up the instrument had formed her first band with a couple of high school friends. Although she had always written poems and lyrics while with her first band she also began writing her own music and lyrics and started playing some of that original music at shows. She took on the role of vocalist in her first band as well and wanting to sing to her fullest potential she began taking vocal lessons.
After graduation she became serious about pursuing her musical career. During that summer after graduation she had the experience of a lifetime when she attended another Green Day concert and was chosen by lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, to play guitar for the song “Jesus of Suburbia”.
She is still splitting her practice each day between guitar and vocals, in addition to becoming a guitar teacher. She is now playing with some excellent backing musicians for her live shows. The music is a guitar-driven alternative rock style with message-laden lyrics that come from her personal experiences or of those close to her.
Melia has played with The Offspring, Eve 6, Gaslight Anthem, Our Lady Peace, Walk The Moon, Oberhofer, The Tea Party, Thousand Foot Krutch, Love and Death, Big Wreck, Steve Vai, Twenty One Pilots, New Politics, Fuel, Sick Puppies, Black Star Riders, Asia, Chevelle, Lacuna Coil, The Misfits, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Saliva, Otep, Adam Gontier, Chris Daughtry and Halestorm.