Photo by: Malik Daniels
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 15 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 Matt Kollock Show Podcast.
Melissa’s newest album “3 A.M.” was released on all digital platforms on December 12th, 2018.
"3 A.M. the time of true honesty, of saying out loud what we can't and won't say during the day; the time to say the things that make us feel the most uncomfortable."
Melissa Rios is endorsed by:
Grace Harbor Guitars
John Pearse Strings
Photos by: Malik Daniels & Jonathan Trujillo
Photo By: Yiftach Belsky