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MELISSA GIGES

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“Deeply personal songs.”
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—Roberta Hershenson

Native New Yorker Melissa Giges is no stranger to success. Her music has become a staple on national radio and television, with multiple songs appearing regularly on shows like MTV’s Real World, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, and Kourtney and Chloe Take Miami.

In addition, the critical acclaim and commercial success of her debut album, Evident, has won her a loyal following with her mesmerizing performances and strikingly beautiful voice.

Now, the singer-songwriter is set to return to the national spotlight June 10th, 2014, with her new release, Just When I Let Go. About both the record, and its first single, “Audience,” Giges says, “I think this new album has a blend of intimacy and intensity to it. My lyric writing has become more personal than ever, while the music has become even more melodic, focused, and direct than ever. It’s loud, it’s bold, but I feel it also has a smart sophistication to it—a vulnerability—that I’ve wanted. I can’t wait for my audience to hear it.”

Intelligence and sophistication are not surprising, given Giges’ musical background. A classically trained pianist since age four, she discovered her love of singing by humming melodies of the works she was learning for the piano. Giges continued her musical studies, later majoring in classical voice as a Presidential Arts Scholar at George Washington University. Her stand-out gifts have led to performances at the White House and the Kennedy Center, as well as a European concert series.

Melissa Giges’ new album, Just When I Let Go, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Blake Morgan in New York City, and will be released worldwide on July 22, 2014, with an exclusive iTunes release June 10th, 2014, on ECR Music Group.