Playing guitar for just over 5 years, 17-year-old Millisa Henderson from Muskogee, Oklahoma, has a passion and love for the instrument and for rock and metal music that surpass her age. She started playing at a week-long summer rock camp in June 2009 and began formal lessons in August 2009. She strives for her performances to be a positive influence and enjoyable experience for her... more
Playing guitar for just over 5 years, 17-year-old Millisa Henderson from Muskogee, Oklahoma, has a passion and love for the instrument and for rock and metal music that surpass her age. She started playing at a week-long summer rock camp in June 2009 and began formal lessons in August 2009. She strives for her performances to be a positive influence and enjoyable experience for her audiences, and she desires to share her love of music with others. She plays electric, acoustic, and classical guitar and sings. She can perform in a variety of music genres and especially admires the work of guitarists such as Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Randy Rhoads, and Joe Satriani. She is writing original music.
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Millisa is lead guitarist/vocalist for youth rock band, Insane Audio, and has been the guitarist for the Muskogee High School Jazz Band and “Pride of Muskogee” Marching Band. She composed the electric guitar music score for the marching band’s half-time show. She participates in the Saturday Night Spotlight and Rising Stars music program held each month at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee.
Her Oklahoma performances include Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame fundraisers, Red Cross Hero fundraisers, various Spotlight fundraisers, Muskogee Bare Bones Film Festival, Muskogee Azalea Festival Chili Cook-Off, Muskogee Heritage Days, Claremore Freedom Fest, Cookson Jubilee, Creek County Fair, 9/11 Freedom Walk, Oklahoma State Fair, Porter Peach Festival, Poteau Balloon Festival, Robbers’ Cave Performing Arts Festival, and Tulsa International Mayfest. She won “Outstanding Soloist” at the 2013 Northeastern State University Jazz Festival at Tahlequah. She played the Star Spangled Banner at the BOK Center for Tulsa Oilers’ ice hockey games. She performed with Insane Audio on KSBI-TV’s “Oklahoma Live” show in Oklahoma City. She won the 2014 OKC Festival of the Arts Idol competition, and performed solo on “Oklahoma Live” as Festival Idol winner. She performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra for the 2014 Tulsa Music Festival at the Guthrie Green as a fundraiser for Project Reach Tulsa and the Tulsa SPCA.
With the Saturday Night Spotlight and Rising Stars program, Millisa performed in Tennessee at the Tina Turner Heritage Days fundraiser in Brownsville in September 2012, 2013, and 2014; at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills in July 2013; and at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis in March 2014.
Millisa received a scholarship for and attended the week-long summer Guitar Sessions program and performed as part of the Berklee Metal Ensemble at the prestigious Berklee College
of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, in August 2013. While there, she was asked to audition for and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program for July 2014. While at Five-Week 2014, she was selected to audition for the All-Star Rock Ensemble and was one of two guitarists picked to be part of this top-level instrumental group that performed in concert at the close of the Five-Week program.
Floyd Rose, the company that manufactures guitar locking vibrato arms, chose Millisa as winner of their “Floyd Rose Signed Dive Bomber Guitar Giveaway Contest” on December 24, 2013, for her “Eruption” video entry. The contest promoted the Floyd Rose website, and her video is posted there.
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.”