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

New for 2019! Below you'll find brand new demo versions of three songs that will be included on our new album: Beautiful Illusions, Orion's Bow, and Scorpion Kiss, recorded at Tomorrow Studio with Engineer/Producer Jason Mabry, featuring Michael Walker on guitar and backing vocals and Michelle Schreiber on drums/percussion and backing vocals. These tunes and nine more will appear on the record, due out later this year.

We've just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to pre-sell the record and raise funds to cover the recording and production costs. Check out the campaign here!


Melinda Joy

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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.

More tracks and works in progress are available through Soundcloud, and our album Unbound is widely available online - You can buy the full CD at CD Baby, iTunes,, and many more!