In just five short years, 21 year old Melia has become known as one of the top female indie rock artists on the music scene today. This musical prodigy is considered one of the top female lead guitarists of this generation, being compared to the likes of Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt and other female guitar legends. The recent 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 House of Blues in Hollywood, Melia's new EP, "Soundproof Walls" is receiving rave reviews, as she begins her first worldwide tour.
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”.
She is still splitting her eight hour practice each day between 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, James (Doc) McGowan on drums, Tim Latus on bass and most recently Jimmy Whitaker on rhythm guitar. 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 been opening for national acts this summer including The Offspring, Eve 6, Gaslight Anthem, Our Lady Peace, The Tea Party and Steve Vai.