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Melissa Reese

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:21 pm


MELISSA REESE


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Date of birth:

Band position:
Keyboardist and background singer.

Time with Guns N' Roses:
2016-present.

Shows with the band:
Melissa came in to replace Chris Pitman for the "Not In This Lifetime" tour that started in 2016. She provides keyboard and backing vocals. As of {UPDATEDATE} Melissa has played at least {MELISSASHOWS} concerts with the band.
Biography:
Melissa Reese is an American musician and model best known for her involvement in Guns N' Roses and her collaborations with Bryan "Brain" Mantia. Reese began singing and playing piano at age 4. When she was 17, she learned Pro Tools, Reason, and Logic Pro and began performing and producing her own music.

Her first EP, "LISSA", was released in 2007, and featured collaboration with Bryan Mantia and Pete Scaturro. Three of the songs of the EP were featured in various TV shows, including Gossip Girl and Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Reese has worked with funk artist Bootsy Collins, rapper Chuck D, singer Vanessa Carlton, soul artist Goapele and singer Taylor Swift. In addition to composing, Reese has produced work for artists such as Drumma Boy.

Reese has worked on several projects with Mantia, a composing team dubbed "Brain and Melissa". In 2010, along with Buckethead, they released the multi-CD sets Kind Regards and Best Regards. Brain and Melissa composed part of the soundtrack to the video game Infamous 2, for which they were nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition" by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awards. Other video games the duo worked on include, Playstation Home, Modnation Racers, Twisted Metal, Fantasia: Music Evolved and Infamous: Second Son. They also scored the films Detention and Power/Rangers. They have worked with music video director Joseph Kahn on several television commercials, including NASCAR, SEAT, and Qoros. In addition, they scored a commercial for Johnnie Walker Blue which featured a computer-generated Bruce Lee. They also worked on several remixes of songs off of Chinese Democracy for a planned remix album.

Reese joined Guns N' Roses in 2016 as the band's second keyboardist, replacing Chris Pitman. She first performed with the band on the Not in This Lifetime... Tour.

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Re: Melissa Reese

Post by Uli on Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:37 am

http://www.seahawks.com/news/2016/10/13/seahawks-announce-fan-activities-sundays-game



Seattle native, Melissa Reese will perform the anthem. Melissa attended Roosevelt High School and was a member of the award winning Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  Her hard work led her to record with the legendary Bootsy Collins as well as co-produce and write songs with Grammy-award winning producer Drumma Boy. Reese's music production on the remix for Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video resulted in a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2016. Melissa works quite a bit with critically acclaimed director Joseph Khan, most recently on his "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" reboot that amassed over 18 million views in two days. She also has tracks in several network cable series including: Showtime's "Inside the NFL," ABC's "Mistresses" and "Cashmere Mafia," E!'s "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and The CW's "Gossip Girl." She and her partner Bryan "Brain" Mantia composed the music for the full-length major Playstation series release Infamous 2 - which received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. She has spent her career in the studio as a recording artist, composer and musician, and earlier this year joined legendary rock act Guns N' Roses as keyboard player.



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Re: Melissa Reese

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:55 pm

In an instagram post Melissa shed some news (to me at least) on how she come to be in GN'R:

Me and Caram Costanzo (aka CWeed) at the show yesterday (#copenhagen).... He is tha OG homie who held me down since forevs. We have co-written and produced some dope music together, laughed together, cried together and complained together. He is a huge reason why I'm in GnR, but more importantly he is insanely talented and hard working. Every show we play we are lucky our sound gets CARAMelized with love. Get woke to some Cweed fam!!! Love u CWeed!!! U destroy!!!



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Post by Soulmonster on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:55 pm

Seems like the picture was too large. Anyway, in case the post disappears, here is the text:

Melissa wrote:Me and Caram Costanzo (aka CWeed) at the show yesterday (#copenhagen).... He is tha OG homie who held me down since forevs. We have co-written and produced some dope music together, laughed together, cried together and complained together. He is a huge reason why I'm in GnR, but more importantly he is insanely talented and hard working. Every show we play we are lucky our sound gets CARAMelized with love. Get woke to some Cweed fam!!! Love u CWeed!!! U destroy!!!
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Re: Melissa Reese

Post by Uli on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:36 am

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The First Female Member of Iconic Rock Band Guns N' Roses Started As a Classically Trained Pianist

Behind the scenes with Melissa Reese.

Anyone who's seen Guns N Roses on their “Not in This Lifetime…Tour,” which kicked off in April 2016 and ends November 29, will have noticed Melissa Reese on keyboard and singing backup. The Seattle native is the only woman on stage with Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Frank Ferrer, and Richard Fortus. She's also the only woman to have joined the band's ranks as a full-time member, period, since it formed in 1985. "People, unfortunately, even now in 2017, have a tendency to be harder on women,” she says. “You have to work to break glass ceilings and to be noticed and acknowledged. But if I spent my time worrying about that shit, [I’d] have less time to do the work.” Here, Reese, who also works as a composer for video games, movies, and TV, tells the full story of how she got to be part of an “iconic, larger-than-life” band.

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http://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a13140857/melissa-reese-interview-first-female-member-of-guns-n-roses-get-that-life/
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