“Deeply personal songs.”
—Roberta Hershenson, The New York Times
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 Khloe 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 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.
“Deeply personal songs.”
—Roberta Hershenson, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Melissa Giges breaks the mold and bares her soul.”
—Adam Bernard, ARENA »
“Get ready to fall in love. Luckily for us, singer-songwriter Melissa Giges is on the scene! Do her clear voice, honest lyrics and chillingly beautiful piano playing sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve heard Melissa on MTV’s The Real World or Keeping Up With the Kardashians—or maybe it’s just what your music collection has been missing! Love new music? Get ready to obsess.”
—JUSTINE MAGAZINE »
“Clear, mesmerizing vocals and hauntingly beautiful lyrics . . . [Just When I Let Go‘s] first single, ‘Audience,’ enables Giges to flaunt her songwriting chops.”
—Maryann LoRusso, RED TYPEWRITER »
“On her latest album, Just When I Let Go, Melissa Giges has taken a chance. She is opening up, and it’s enabled her to tell deeply personal stories about suitors playing strange games, about exes that should come with roadmaps, and the apparent crime of being single.”
“Strikingly beautiful . . . [Just When I Let Go] has a blend of intimacy and intensity.”
—WE R PAPARRAZZI »
“I adore the clarity of her voice. Melissa is the heroine of this album in so many ways, and these songs will live within me just as my favorite characters do. My favorite thing about Melissa’s music though, is that her lyrics paint a vivid storyline . . . I see and feel everything that is happening. And just like with any good storyline, there is a beginning, a heartbreak, and an ending. I am enamored by all that transpires. No one is cheering louder for her than I am because such a declaration is bold, and vulnerable.”
—Ellen Marie Hawkins, RELATE MAGAZINE »
“Melissa Giges won herself a devoted fan base when she released her debut album (Evident) a while back. And now, after having her music featured on several national television shows, her latest album is bound to fan the flames of her career even higher. Just When I Let Go features ten well written and well arranged modern pop songs with a heavy emphasis on vocal melodies and lyrics. These songs are layered with just the right ingredients and Melissa’s vocals are exceptional throughout. If you love keyboard-based pop and appreciate genuinely talented ladies in the world of music, you won’t do much better than this.”
“Native New Yorker Melissa Giges is extraordinary as a songwriter . . . So many tracks have ‘hit’ written between the lines.”
—Cheryl Breudigam, WOMEN’S RISING MUSIC