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 it's "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. Although she never thought of herself as a vocalist she took on that role 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".
Now at age 20, she is still splitting her eight hour practice each day between and guitar and vocals, in addition to becoming a guitar teacher at the school where she began her lessons. She is now playing with some excellent musicians: Dominic Ciaccia on drums, Tim Latus on bass, and more recently, Rob Cerame on rhythm guitar. They recently finished and debuted their new EP, "Soundproof Walls" which contains 4 new songs in addition to the 3 from her original demo release in 2010.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.
Her band has been playing the local Rochester over the past year and also played a gig in Hollywood at the famed Viper Room in October 2010, to a very enthusiast and welcoming crowd. She currently is expanding out to other cities, including Buffalo and Syracuse. Her audience continues to grow and expand with each passing show, becoming much more than just another local talent.
Now 19 years old, this Rochester musician is an incredible guitar player, despite the fact she's only been at it for three years. After the initial Green Day epiphany, mom and dad still made her wait two more years before letting her take up the instrument, just to be sure. "I think that's what made me so motivated," she says. "I think I was just so motivated to make up for lost time. I worked at it really hard. My guitar teacher told my dad I was a natural, and that inspired me even more and I started playing three to four hours a day. In the summer I'd play six to eight hours a day." Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper
Melia is a lead-guitarist and vocalist, but most importantly of all, she is a genuine artist, able to combine her individual talents by writing great songs. I don’t doubt that some will dismiss her on the basis that her take on rock is catchy and accessible, but hopefully she will stick to her guns and just produce the music that feels right to her. Those prepared to give Melia a chance could very well be hearing a rock-star in the making. Jamie Downes, SoundSense Online (UK)
Melia is a young punk-rock goddess from Rochester, NY. She started playing guitar 3 years ago and now fronts her own band and shreds on her Silverburst Custom Les Paul from dusk ’till dawn. Her music is polished punk in the same vein as modern Green Day and her recordings are well-produced performances.
Melia is not content trudging through the trenches as an underground gem and, in her case, I think that’s a good thing. She’s got the whole package in terms of her skills, writing, and looks; I’m sure she’ll hit hard when she’s noticed by industry suits, but I hope she stays true to the underground because that’s where longevity and artistry lives. Christian King, The Unsigned
" I am different because I am a female lead guitarist and there aren't many out there right now that also write their own music and lyrics. I bring a different sound to the industry. I have a very grungy, distorted, dissonant, in-your-face sound with catchy melodies and honest lyrics. My songs have a lot of meaning which I think the current Rock/Alternative scene lacks sometimes." The List Magazine, San Diego