Playing guitar since the young age of 11, Millisa Henderson from Muskogee, Oklahoma, has been a female rock phenom from the start.  Also a vocalist and pianist, she strives to give her audiences positive, high-energy performances they won't soon forget! 

     Millisa began her musical journey at a week-long summer "Rock Camp" in Muskogee. It was there she realized her musical dreams, and she immediately set goals to become a professional musician. Soon after the camp, she began studying under local guitar hero Bradley Spears. During her teen years, she performed across the Midwest with Signs of Warning and Insane Audio (two youth rock bands), as well as performing solo and as part of the Rising Stars Productions, Inc. non-profit organization.  She has performed at venues such as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, G-Fest, The Berklee Performance Center, Hard Rock Cafe Dallas and Hard Rock Cafe Memphis.

     During the summers of 2013, 14, and 15, Millisa attended summer programs at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It was during these programs that she fell in love with the college. After graduating high school in 2016, Millisa was accepted to Berklee on the full-tuition Lollapalooza Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to one outstanding rock musician a year. At Berklee, she has studied under professors such as Sal DiFusco and Jon Finn. 

     Millisa currently resides in Boston as a second-semester student at Berklee. She is a member of the Berklee-based Ronnie James Dio tribute band, Magica, who is currently booking shows in the Greater Boston Area. Millisa is also currently writing and recording an original solo EP, which is set to be released later this year. 

Biography

      
      At the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Millisa received a scholarship for and attended the week-long 2013 Guitar Sessions program. She performed as part of Ethan Brosh’s Berklee Metal Ensemble. While there, she was asked to audition for and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee’s 2014 Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

At Five-Week in August 2014, she played in the World Blowout Ensemble. She auditioned for and was one of two guitarists selected for the All-Star Rock Ensemble, a top-level instrumental group. Both ensembles performed to a full-house at the Berklee Performance Center.

She received another scholarship for 2015 Five-Week and performed in the Funk Fusion Blowout Ensemble. Again, she auditioned for and was selected for the All-Star Rock Ensemble. Again, both ensembles played to a full-house at the Berklee Performance Center. During the program, she auditioned and was also awarded a $30,000.00 per year scholarship (total $120,000.00) for Berklee’s four- year undergraduate music program.

Ultimately, Millisa was awarded the Berklee Lollapalooza Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded to one outstanding rock musician every year. She began college at Berklee in September 2016. 
   

Awards and Media Attention

Berklee

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Queen of Strings

     Queen of Strings, an international competition for unendorsed guitarists and bassists, chose Millisa as second place guitar winner in their first annual competition on June 9, 2015.  The contest was judged by renowned professional women musicians.  These judges included bassists Nik West (contest founder), Annie Clements, and Nicole Fiorentino and guitarists Orianthi, Jennifer Batten, and Kat Dyson.  Millisa was the only musician from the United States who placed from over 900 original entries around the world.




Diverbomber at 16




     Floyd Rose chose Millisa as winner of their “Floyd Rose Signed Dive Bomber Guitar Giveaway Contest” on December 24, 2013, for her video entry covering Van Halen’s “Eruption.”  The contest promoted the Floyd Rose website, and her video is posted there.

     

Live Nation's Attention




Live Nation, the Beverly Hills, California, live events and entertainment company, featured Millisa’s “Eruption” video on their Facebook page on  January 20, 2013.  Over 80 videos were submitted on their January 13 post requesting new artist videos. Live Nation’s comment:  “Watch this video and you'll see why this young woman is going to be a guitar goddess.”



Other Various Awards



In April 2013, Millisa was chosen as an "Outstanding Soloist" at Northeastern State University's annual jazz festival.

Millisa was chosen as the 2014 RSP, Inc. Spotlight Horizon Artist of the Year

In April 2014, Millisa was the winner of Festival Idol during the Oklahoma City Arts Festival in the 13-18 age category. 
   

 Past Performance ​History

     In addition to performing as a solo artist, before attending Berklee, Millisa was the lead guitarist/vocalist for two youth rock bands, Insane Audio (2013-2014) and Signs of Warning (2010-2013), both which regularly gigged throughout the state. She was also the guitarist for the Muskogee High School Jazz Band and “Pride of Muskogee” Marching Band (2012-2014)

     From 2012-2016, Millisa was an active participant in the non-profit program "Rising Star Productions, Inc." This organization provides musical instruments and educational or developmental scholarships in music and other performing arts for youth and adults in local and regional communities through funds generated from its monthly “Catch a Rising Star” talent show and other events. RSP, Inc. combines charitable and humanitarian efforts with events, so artists who perform gain experience and share artistry with social consciousness. Millisa is still involved in the program and helps with social media/graphic design. She still performs at the monthly show as a guest when she is in Oklahoma.

Millisa has been the guitarist for two musicals: Muskogee Little Theater's production of "Always,,, Patsy Cline" (Spring 2016) and The Berklee Musical Theater club's production of "Victoria: A New Musical," an original musical written by berklee student Prosper Fiske. (summer 2017).


Miscellaneous Performances:


 The Middle east restaurant and nightclub
Cambridge, MA

Bare Bones Film and Music Festival
Muskogee, OK

Claremore Freedom Fest
Claremore, OK

Cookson Jubilee
Cookson, OK

Creek County Fair
Supulpa, OK

G Fest 2016 and 2017
Muskogee, OK

Make Music Muskogee
Muskogee, OK

Muskogee Heritage Days
Muskogee, OK

9/11 Freedom Walk
Muskogee, OK


Oklahoma State Fair
Oklahoma City, OKlahoma






Tulsa State Fairs 
TUlsa, OKlahoma

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (opening once for the Swon Brothers)
Muskogee, OK

Paul's Valley Summer Concert Series
Paul's Valley, Oklahoma

Porter Peach Festival
Porter, Oklahoma

Poteau Balloon Festival
Poteau, OKlahoma

Rentiesville Dusk ‘Til Dawn Blues Festival
Rentiesville, Oklahoma

Robbers’ Cave Performing Arts Festival
TGA Kids' World International Festival
Wilberton, OKlahoma

Tulsa International Mayfest
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Millisa’s Special Event
Performances Have Included:

  • Berklee Rock/Pop Guitar Night 2017 - Berklee Performance Center

  • Hard Rock Café in Dallas, Texas, as part of artist Super T’s (Tracy Underwood) band. (September 2014)

  • Tulsa Music Festival at the Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the Tulsa Symphony (May 2014)

  • KSBI-TV’s “Oklahoma Live” television show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with Insane Audio (January 2014) and solo as OKC Festival of the Arts Idol competition winner (May 2014)

  • BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, playing the national anthem for Tulsa Oilers’ ice hockey games (December 2013-2014)

  • Northeastern State University Jazz Festival at Tahlequah, Oklahoma, winning “Outstanding Soloist” (April 2013)


Millisa’s RSP, Inc. Performances in Tennessee Have Included:

  • Hard Rock Café in Memphis (March 2015)

  • Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis (March 2014)

  • Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills (July 2013)

  • Tina Turner Heritage Days in Brownsville (September 2012, 2013, and 2014)


     Millisa has performed for Rising Star Productions, Inc. charity fundraisers in Oklahoma for organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, Blue Star Mothers, CASA, Gospel Rescue Mission, Infant Supply Closet, Kids’ Space, MCM Food Pantry, Monarch, and WISH.