Real Okie Stage • Friday, June 16 • 1:45pm
Playing guitar since June 2009, 18-year-old Millisa Henderson from Muskogee, Oklahoma, has a great love for the instrument and music. Also a vocalist and keyboardist, she strives to give positive, enjoyable performances while sharing her love of music with others. Her performance range crosses many genres, but rock and funk/fusion are her favorites. She is currently working on original music and is influenced by admired guitarists Jason Becker, Guthrie Govan, Eric Johnson, John Petrucci, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, and Steve Vai. Millisa has been lead guitarist/vocalist for two youth rock bands, MHS Jazz and Marching Band guitarist, a Rising Star Productions’ Spotlight music program participant, and a member of Tulsa Guitarchestra, an electric guitar orchestra.
Millisa has performed at many Oklahoma events and venues such as the Azalea Festival Chili Cook-Off, Bare Bones Film Festival, BOK Center for the Tulsa Oilers, KSBI’s “Oklahoma Live” TV show, Oklahoma and Tulsa State Fairs, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Rentiesville Dusk ‘Til Dawn Blues Festival, Tulsa International Mayfest, and Tulsa Music Festival with the Tulsa Symphony. She has played at fundraisers for charities like American Red Cross, Blue Star Mothers, CASA, Gospel Rescue Mission, and WISH. Out-of-state performances have included Hard Rock Café in Dallas, Texas, and several Tennessee performances with the Spotlight program: Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Hard Rock Café Memphis, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, and Tina Turner Heritage Days.
As second place guitar winner of the 2015 Queen of Strings international competition for unendorsed guitarists and bassists, Millisa was the only U.S. winner from over 900 worldwide entries. Other awards and honors are 2014 Spotlight Horizon Artist of the Year, 2014 OKC Festival of the Arts Idol winner, 2013 Floyd Rose Dive Bomber Guitar winner, and 2013 NSU Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist. After receiving three summer music program scholarships to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Millisa was awarded a $120,000.00 four-year college scholarship beginning September 2016. She is currently a guitar instructor at Zomac School of Music in Muskogee.