Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Through her training and experience, Miami-based rocker Melissa Burnos has formed a musical style that can be called her own. Her voice ranges from smooth and sultry to brash and powerful and her songs beckon to be heard. Entranced by Melissa’s seductive beauty, captivating stage presence and a unique vocal style, audiences and critics alike can’t help but take notice of the immense talent that is… Melissa Burnos.
Born on Independence Day and growing up in South Florida Mellisa's calling was apparent at a very young age. Beginning her classical dance training at 4 years old, Melissa’s talents stood out.
She first rose to national prominence by claiming a coveted position as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and appeared before audiences at hundreds of charitable and national events with the NFL.
Of all her fond memories cheering for the Dolphins what stands out was the sisterhood that existed between myself and the other girls. She also just loved the cheering for such huge crowds about 75,000, explaining, "It was an immeasurable rush!"
As she continued with her dance training, Melissa also began to cultivate her vocal talent.
After she earned her English Literature degree from Florida Atlantic University, Melissa began teaching and focused on refining her vocal gifts. Her fierce passion for writing poetry soon exposed her natural abilities as a songwriter. Encouraged by her dear friend and Bee Gee, the late Maurice Gibb, her singing and songwriting skills flourished.
Melissa describes her music is soulful rock/pop, and lists among her her musical influences: Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Blondie, Poe, Portishead, Garbage, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Maurice Gibb, Ray Charles, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Prince.
And when she's on stage with the fans all watching her Melissa says, "It feels amazing! I love the connection I feel with the crowd. We feed off of each other's energy and the resulting performance is explosive!"
Melissa is also involved in several events benefiting Autism Awareness and Research, Children In Distress and fund raisers for fine arts and music programs in public schools.
For upcoming show dates, CD releases and more visit Melissa's Official Website MelissaBurnos.com and MySpace page.
You can download free official MB ring tones here.
Request Melissa's music on Girls Rock Radio here.
Live footage from Melissa's performance of her song Defrost!