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       Millisa Henderson is a Boston-based instrumental rock guitarist and the guitarist for alternative rock band No/Hugs. Born and raised in Muskogee, OK, she has been an avid performer and guitar enthusiast since she first picked up the instrument at 11 years old. Named a hometown guitar prodigy, she has been inspired by guitar greats such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, and she hopes to carry on a tradition of blazing solos and soaring melodies for
the next generation of guitarists.

        Millisa began her musical journey at a week-long summer rock camp in her hometown of Muskogee, OK. At the camp, she realized her musical dreams and immediately set goals to become a professional musician and attend Berklee College of Music. Soon after the camp, she began studying under local guitar instructor Bradley Spears. After taking lessons for only a year, she joined a local youth rock band Signs of Warning. Throughout her teen years, she also formed another band, Insane Audio, was a part of Rising Stars Productions, Inc. (a music non-profit organization), and performed as a solo instrumental guitarist. By her mid-teens, she was an established rock guitarist in eastern Oklahoma. She has performed at midwest venues and events such as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, GFest, Tulsa Music Festival (performing with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra), Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Nashville, Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, and Hard Rock Cafe’s in Dallas and Memphis.

        At the age of 15, Millisa attended and was awarded a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s Guitar Sessions summer program. During the program, she fell in love with the college. The following two summers, she attended the 
Five Week Performance Program, earning scholarships to both programs. At these summer programs, she was chosen to perform with top-level ensembles and performed at the Berklee Performance Center to sold-out crowds a total of 4 times. During her second Five Week, Millisa auditioned and was awarded a generous scholarship for undergraduate study. After graduating high school, Millisa auditioned and was accepted to Berklee College of Music and was ultimately awarded the full-tuition Lollapalooza Scholarship. This prestigious 
award is endowed by the Lollapalooza music festival and awarded to one
outstanding rock musician per year.

In fall of 2016, Millisa made the move to Boston to begin studies at Berklee. Since then, she has performed all over Boston and been extremely involved in Berklee’s programs and community. In Spring 2017, she was chosen to perform once again in the Berklee Performance Center for Pop/Rock Guitar Night, an event that is commonly one of the highlights of a student’s Berklee career. At Berklee, she is regularly recording and performing for all kinds of projects and performances, including a few sessions with Matt Ellard (Radiohead, Weezer, Black Sabbath). She is the founder and president of Guitarchestra, a student-led club of 7 guitarists playing orchestral arrangements. She is also an honors student, making the Dean’s List multiple times, and was awarded the Guitar Department Achievement Award in Spring 2018. Millisa has studied under professors such as Jon Finn, Scott Tarulli, and Joe Stump.

Since Moving to the City, Millisa has been very involved in Boston’s Music Scene. With her solo project alone, she has performed at venues such as Out of the Blue Too, Midway Cafe, The Spot, and the Middle East. During the summer of 2018, Millisa officially joined rising Boston alternative rock band, No/Hugs With No/Hugs, she has released a critically acclaimed single, "Your Satisfaction is Fake," and played multiple shows including the last Van’s Warped Tour at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. they were also nominated for Unsigned Artist of the Year in the annual Boston Music Awards. Other venues and events Millisa has performed with No/Hugs include the Middle East, Allston Villiage Street Fair, the Salem Halloween Festival, Geno’s Rock Club in Portland, ME, Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, and Club Heaven and Hell in Washington, D.C.

Millisa currently resides in Boston as a sixth-semester student at Berklee and active member of The Boston scene. In the New Year, Millisa plans to release a solo EP, as well as more material with No/Hugs. No/Hugs will be performing at the Whiskey A Go-Go in January 2019, as well as multiple dates at the NAMM show. They will be announcing other tour dates for 2019 very soon. Millisa proudly endorses Ernie Ball strings, DiMarzio pickups, Walrus Audio, 

Strymon Engineering, EX-Gear, and Moxy Guitars. 


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