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

2020 Beautiful Illusions Album Update: The new album will be officially released in digital formal and as a physical CD on June 26th, 2020 and I am now accepting pre-orders! Click here for a preview of the album and ordering information!

Below you'll find demo versions of three songs that will be featured on the 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 Mich Schreiber on drums/percussion and backing vocals. Updated versions of these tunes and nine more will appear on the record, due out this summer.

Deep gratitude to all who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo which helped to support the making of the album! (Indiegogo campaign archived here)

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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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.