Melissa Gordon Rhine
by Melissa Gordon Rhine
New Territory was started by Singer/Songwriter Melissa Gordon Rhine in Atlanta, Georgia. Her idea was to have a project that would allow artistic freedom and growth for all musicians involved while moving the group along a creative corridor where all styles could intersect. Improvisation is the main contribution that all members bring to the ensemble. Melissa began her love affair with music as a baby (maybe earlier). She began picking out tunes by ear on the family piano at 2 years old. At 8, she began writing poetic lyrics. Her elementary education included studying piano and theory at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. She also studied violin, recorder, guitar and was an active part of various choral groups. She began studying Voice at age 18 and continues to study as well as enjoys her work as a Music Educator, currently teaching Voice, Piano, Song Composition and Performance skills. There have been a wide variety of performances as well as studio experience. Melissa appeared as "Miss Harmony" in the "town" of Crossroads at Stone Mountain Park. She has also performed on WXIA TV for the special "A Southern Christmas". Her inspiration has come from Sarah Vaughn, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Buddy Guy and numerous artists throughout musical genres and eras.