MILLISA HENDERSON

ABOUT

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       “Watch this video and you'll see why this young
woman is going to be a guitar goddess.”
- LIVE NATION, 2013



Millisa Henderson is Boston-based guitarist and the lead guitarist for alternative rock band and Manic Kat Records artist No/Hugs. Born and raised in Muskogee, OK, she has been an avid performer and guitar enthusiast since she first picked up the instrument at 11 years old. Named a hometown guitar prodigy, she has been inspired by guitar greats such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, and she hopes to carry on a tradition of blazing solos and soaring melodies for the next generation of guitarists.

        Millisa began her musical journey at a week-long summer rock camp in her hometown of Muskogee, OK. At the camp, she realized her musical dreams and immediately set goals to become a professional musician and attend Berklee College of Music. Soon after the camp, she began studying under local guitar instructor Bradley Spears. After taking lessons for only a year, she joined a local youth rock band. Throughout her teen years, she performed solo and with multiple other bands, and was a part of Rising Stars Productions, Inc. (a music non-profit organization). 

        At the age of 15, Millisa attended and was awarded a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s Guitar Sessions summer program. During the program, she fell in love with the college. The following two summers, she attended the Five-Week Performance Program, earning scholarships to both programs. At these programs, she was chosen to perform with top-level ensembles and performed at the Berklee Performance Center. After graduating high school, Millisa auditioned and was accepted to Berklee College of Music and was awarded the full-tuition Lollapalooza Scholarship. This prestigious 
award is endowed by the Lollapalooza Music Festival and awarded to one
outstanding rock musician per year.

In fall of 2016, Millisa made the move to Boston to begin studies at Berklee. Since then, she has performed all over Boston and been extremely involved

in Berklee’s programs and community. In Spring 2017, she was chosen to perform once again in the Berklee Performance Center for Pop/Rock Guitar Night, an event that is commonly one of the highlights of a student’s Berklee career. At Berklee, she is regularly recording and performing for all kinds of projects and performances, including a few sessions with Matt Ellard (Radiohead, Weezer, Black Sabbath).  She is also an honors student, making the Dean’s List multiple times, and was awarded the Guitar Department Achievement Award in Spring 2018. Millisa has studied under professors such as Jon Finn, Scott Tarulli, and Joe Stump.

Since moving to the city, Millisa has been very involved in Boston’s Music Scene as well. In addition to continuing her solo project,  during the summer of 2018, Millisa officially joined rising Boston alternative rock band, No/Hugs. With No/Hugs, she has released a critically acclaimed single, "Your Satisfaction is Fake," and played multiple shows including the last Van’s Warped Tour at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA and the historic 
Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA. They were also nominated for Unsigned Artist of the Year in the annual Boston Music Awards. On February 15th, 2019, No/Hugs announced their signing with New York label, Manic Kat Records.

Millisa currently resides in Boston as a sixth-semester student at Berklee. In the New Year, Millisa plans to release a solo EP, as well as more material with No/Hugs. No/Hugs will be embarking on a national tour starting at SXSW in Austin, TX in March 2019.


Millisa proudly endorses Equilibrium Guitars, Ernie Ball, DiMarzio, Walrus Audio, Strymon Engineering, EX-Gear, and Moxy Guitars.