It’s been an intense few years for
singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Alexa Melo. In June
of 2015, at 20 years old, the Massachusetts-born, L.A.-raised artist
independently released her self-titled debut album. A series of West
Coast concert performances got industry tastemakers talking, acclaim
from the blogosphere began to build, and support from major market
radio programmers across the country soon followed.
But just as things were ramping up, emergency surgery on her vocal
chords grinded the momentum to an untimely halt. After a full year of
vocal rest – pure agony to a performer as prolific as Melo – she
slowly got herself back into the swing of things in 2016, recording a
series of cover songs to post on YouTube, garnering over a million
YouTube plays in less than a year.
Alexa moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2017 to begin a vigorous
search for inspiration, to continue rebuilding her spirit and to
create a new sound of her own. In a short few months she wrote and
produced her upcoming second release, the four-song "MUTE" EP. It
embodies and sonically manifests the mental and physical struggles
she'd dealt with while recuperating from vocal surgery. In the process
of producing "MUTE" she met a key collaborator, videographer Daniel
Garcia. He helped to create a visual aesthetic for the EP, directing
compelling and emotionally-charged music videos for each song.
Alexa plans to release the first single and music video in the summer
of 2018. The entire EP will be available September 2018.