All songs written by Melinda Joy and feature her on bass and vocals.

New Album - Beautiful Illusions

My new, full-length album was officially released on June 26th, 2020! It available digitally and in CD format here on my website as well as via SpotifyApple Music / iTunesAmazon MusicGoogle PlayYouTube, and all the usual online retailers. Click here for preview tracks album and ordering information!

I will be donating 10% of all digital and CD sales of the album via this website from June through August to organizations working for social justice and racial equity, such as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, and Color of Change. 

 

 

Unbound

M.J. Baby & The Last Word

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Unbound (2004) is Melinda's debut album with her former band, M.J. Baby & The Last Word. GoGirlsMusic.com calls it "a must-have for every blues/rock fan," while music journalist Kristi Singer observes "M.J. Baby & The Last Word brings soulful roots-rock with more jazz appeal than most 'rock' bands today can truthfully dish out." With your CD purchase, you'll receive a free download of the full album plus a bonus track, "Last Ditch," performed by Green-Eyed Cat.

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Fans at CD Baby describe M.J.'s voice as "haunting" and give the album high praise for "great work done with the highest production values. Very very fresh sounding arrangements and killer guitar tones."

Unbound  features Melinda Rothouse on vocals/bass guitar, Matthew DeOrazio on guitar/drums/harmonium, Eddie Ecker on drums/piano, and David Loayza on percussion. The CD traverses a wide emotional range, from the uncanny “Insomnia,” slow blues “Cold Town,” and introspective “The Grand Scheme” to hard-edged grooves like “Shades of Brown” and “Never Go Back.” Many of the songs describe a kind of wanderlust: being on the road, observing the terrain that’s passing by. It’s also about breaking out, cutting loose from the past and beginning anew. Unbound was recorded and mixed in New Orleans at Word of Mouth studio with renowned engineer/producer Tim Stambaugh.

Unbound  is widely available online - You can stream it on Spotify and stream or download from iTunes, Amazon.com, and many more!

More tracks and works in progress are available through Soundcloud.

Period Instrumental Music

SeaJoyJam

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This original musical score was composed by Melinda Rothouse, James Thomas Martin, and Daniel Sean Hannon for a local production of the play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead in San Marcos, Texas in 2010. It works well for medieval / renaissance soundtrack purposes.

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