"Watch this video and you'll see why this young woman is going to be a guitar goddess"
Live Nation Concerts, 2013
Millisa Henderson is a Boston-based guitarist and the founder of progressive rock project, Hydria. Originally hailing from Muskogee, OK, she has been an guitar enthusiast and avid performer since she first picked up the instrument at the age of 11. Named a hometown guitar prodigy, she has been inspired by artists ranging from Steve Vai and Joe Satriani to Plini and Intervals.
Millisa began her musical journey at a week-long summer rock camp. Throughout her teen years she joined multiple bands and played throughout the Midwest. At 15 she became a volunteer for Rising Star Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with goals to help give young artists a chance to perform and bring music to charities and underserved communities. With this program, Millisa performed at venues including Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN; Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, TN; Hard Rock Café in Memphis, TN; and the Tulsa Jazz Hall of Fame.
From 2013 through 2015, Millisa attended summer programs at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During her final summer program, she was awarded a merit-based scholarship to pursue a bachelor's degree at the school. Ultimately, Millisa was nominated for and awarded the full-tuition Lollapalooza Scholarship. This prestigious award endowed by the legendary Lollapalooza festival is awarded to one rock and performance-focused musician per year.
In September 2016, Millisa started college at Berklee. Since moving to Boston, Millisa has been an in-demand and active sidewoman and session player. Her experience has ranged from playing in wedding bands to performances at the NAMM show to gigs in Europe. In May 2020, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual major in Guitar Performance and Professional Music with concentrations in music production, music business, and songwriting.
Through the COVID-19 Pandemic, Millisa has been writing and recording the first EP for her progressive rock/metal solo project, Hydria. The first single will be released in 2021.
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