Sunday Aug 4, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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Melissa Rios is an Acoustic Soul and R&B singer/songwriter based in Albuquerque, NM. She is originally from Las Cruces, NM and has been playing music professionally for 12 years.
She started out in local mariachi groups where she learned how to play guitar, vihuela, and guitarron. She was also trained in mariachi vocal style. At the age of 16 she was the recipient of the Elisa Gastellum Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding mariachi vocalists, at the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference.
In 2009 she was accepted into the University of New Mexico where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. She studied classical guitar under Benjamin Silva and Michael Chapdelaine and participated in various classical guitar ensembles, workshops, and masterclasses under the direction of John Truitt, Paul Nielsen, and Olga Amelkina-Vera.
Although she began writing her own songs at 13, Melissa released her debut album of all original music, “Love & Time” on November 11th, 2016. She has done studio work for other local songwriters and has been featured on KUNM-FM 89.9 show “Ear to the Ground” with Matthew Finch and “Roots of Indie” with Casey Mortensen, as well as the TAP to Music Podcast with Nick Johnson.
Melissa’s newest album “3 A.M.” was released on all digital platforms on December 12th, 2018.