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"17-year old Anthony Melillo is first to be # 1 on the Alive with Clive Top 20 Chart established to create a CD to be sold to raise at least a billion dollars for AIDS victims in South Africa"


United States of America (Press Release) July 13, 2008 -- Was Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney Or Bruce Springsteen This Good At Seventeen?

He's young -- just seventeen. He's charismatic. He's talented. He is fast building a repertoire of impressive songs. And he is already topping a music chart the likes of which the world has not yet seen!

His name is Anthony Melillo and at the moment stands at the top of the recently-inaugurated Alive with Clive Top 20 Music Chart with five times more votes than his nearest competitor.

The Alive with Clive Top 20 was created by Clive Swersky, host and producer of the popular and inspiring television show known as Alive with Clive -- Turning Your Passion Into Profit!

The Alive with Clive Top 20 consists of musicians who have been guests on Alive with Clive. Ranking in the Alive with Clive Top 20 is determined first by the number of votes cast at, the Official Web site for Alive with Clive, and then by the number of plays on a musician's My Space page.

Other dynamic emerging musicians who have been making major moves up the Alive with Clive Top 20 Music Chart in recent days include Cassandra Kubinski, Jeneen Terrana, and Joséphine Ancelle.

The Alive with Clive Top 20 Music Chart is updated biweekly and the most recent chart was published at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2008.

One song from each musician who is in the Alive with Clive Top 20 on the last day for voting is going on a compilation CD consisting of 20 songs.

Clive's plan is to sell at least 50 million CDs (or a downloadable version of the CD) for $20 each to raise at least a billion dollars for people suffering from AIDS in South Africa.

source: FPR

"That's My Son," one of the songs performed by Anthony Melillo and his brothers, Joe and Nick, during their interview on Alive with Clive is available for viewing on YouTube.

"I believe every son wants his parents to hear That's My Son," says Clive, "and I also believe it is destined to be a # 1 hit all over the world. Now, the question remains: Was Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney or Bruce Springsteen this good at seventeen?"

Alive with Clive is broadcast on Channel 76 in White Plains on Mondays at 8.30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and some segments can be seen on the Internet. For more information about the show, visit

More information about Anthony Melillo and his upcoming debut CD, Just Gettin' Started, is available at

A Yamaha digital piano for musicians who play the piano on the show is provided courtesy of Frank & Camille's of Hartsdale, New York, through Eric Johnson at (914) 285-9524.

Corporations that would like to be associated, through sponsorships or in other ways, with this venture, and reporters who would like to interview Clive about this venture, are invited to contact him at (914) 274-8280.

# # # - Clive Swersky

May 29, 2009]

Music Scholarship to be awarded in June in Memory of Westchester County, NY Teen Justin Veatch

May 29, 2009 ( via COMTEX) -- The family of Justin Veatch (, who tragically died in his sleep as a result of an accidental drug overdose ( at age 17 in September 2008, will be awarding its first music scholarship in their son's name, at Senior Awards Night at Yorktown High School, Wednesday, June 3, 2009. The music scholarship is part of The Justin Veatch Fund's mission to foster support for young emerging artists and further the musical talents of students.

Justin was a singer/songwriter/musician known for his exceptional musical gifts which continue to attract fans on the internet and through downloads on iTunes. His family is releasing Justin's first CD later this summer at the request of thousands of fans from across the globe who contacted his parents and friends after hearing his music on MySpace, where they maintain Justin's music page.

Justin's download singles ''ESRT Page 14'' and ''Whispering Spirits'' have sold on iTunes throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Japan. Along with sales of songs, more significantly, the community has supported the Fund. According to Jeffrey Veatch, Justin's father, "The Yorktown High School Student Senate donated money, and several of Justin's friends who formed the band 'City of Molotov' gave us a generous donation. Others are buying Fund tee shirts and writing checks. We are honored by the extraordinary thoughtfulness of Justin's peers, and overwhelmed by the love and respect that Justin had during his short life." Mr. Veatch explains, "This first 2009 scholarship is $1,000 and a very significant step for us. We aim to increase that amount substantially in the next year and provide money that will help fill some of the gaps created by cuts in budgets for the arts. The Fund's board of directors determined that candidates for the first scholarship would be chosen among members of Justin's graduating class at Yorktown. Next year we hope to expand on the county or state level." Sales of the CD ''Permagrin: The Music of Justin Veatch'' (An Ivoryton Piano Factory Production, available this summer at] and through major outlets) will raise additional funds for future music scholarships ( ''Permagrin'' -- a title chosen by Justin when he dreamed of his first CD -- will include six of his originally recorded songs.

In addition, the CD will have covers of his music by: Chicago's "Owen," members of Toronto's ''Boys Night Out,'' New York's ''Moving Mountains,'' ''The Bensen-Scott Big Band,'' Brazilian jazz artist ''Vinicius Cantuaria,'' Orlando's ''Breathing Chemistry,'' and Dallas' ''Caterpillars.'' Also included is ''Justin's Song,'' a tribute written and recorded by singer/songwriter Anthony Melillo, one of Justin's classmates. "It's a collaboration of the well-established alongside young, emerging talents -- an eclectic combination that represents what Justin was truly about," his dad said.

The Justin Veatch Fund ( is a non-profit 501c3 organization set up in 2009 by Justin's family. The Fund supports music education and awards scholarships to high school graduating students pursuing study in the field of music, to honor Justin's legacy. More info at:] and].

About Justin (January 5, 1991 to September 8, 2008): Justin Veatch demonstrated his talent for music at an early age, taking formal piano lessons at five. The grand piano became his anchor and led him to other instruments like the trumpet, guitar, synthesizer, drums and other percussion instruments like the glockenspiel. As Justin's music became more complex he began to work in a professional studio environment at age 12 and quickly demonstrated his ability to transform a concept of a song into a finished work. Later, in his basement studio he began combining analog and virtual sounds into songs he performed entirely by himself. The name of his project band, The Ivoryton Piano Factory (now the name of the family publishing company), was inspired by road trips north from New York City through Ivoryton, CT where he frequently passed an old piano factory that had long since been abandoned.

Media contact: Rodi Rosensweig, 203/270-8929, Rodicompany(at) ### Read the full story at


Does the name The Melillo Brothers ring a musical bell in your ears lately? If so, you’re not the only one. You have seen them all over the local NY music scene slowly making a name for themselves around Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties, the Tri-state area and beyond. And beyond is where they are definitely going, as the US Winners of the 2010 Emergenza International Music Festival. Emergenza hosts this global battle of unsigned bands competition over a nine month period in 18 countries. This year’s International Finals will culminate this August in Germany for an exciting 3-day Music Festival that could very well be compared to our very own Woodstock of yesteryear.

(PRWEB) July 08, 2010

Hailing from The Hudson Valley, this delightful trio of family-friendly singer/songwriters are making a name for themselves with some good old-fashioned talent and sweat equity. Their story began just two short years ago with Anthony Melillo beginning as an acoustic solo artist but within only a few short months was making enough of an impact that his brothers came on board. They have decided, only one year ago, to forego careers in order to chase their passion and dream. Anthony, the youngest of the three, has deferred his acceptance to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, while his brothers Nick and Joe have put their theatre and business careers on hold. Now known as The Melillo Brothers, it looks as though they have made a good decision. Recently, they broke through one of the most difficult places to break into, NYC. How did they do it? They will tell you themselves that they are doing it by taking their passion and fashioning it into a smart business plan. Combine that with a strong work ethic; a vision for the impossible and finish it with uncompromising faith; and you got yourself a winning combination.

Anthony, at 17 began making some serious strides and was gaining respect amongst audiences and peers for his deep lyrics, heartfelt melodies and sweet, stylized vocals. He released his self-produced debut album “Just Gettin’ Started” in August of 2008 in an effort to have a demo available for college applications and auditions. It won a few accolades in US and international songwriting contests, as well as getting him Artist Spotlights on local TV and radio stations. It wasn’t long before older brothers Nick (19) and Joe (21) came home from college wanting to help their younger brother go for his dream. Both brothers went to work lending their beautiful voices, songwriting skills and instruments to the mix. And as they say, the rest is history… in the making.

A little over a year ago, their mom and manager, Joanne Melillo, submitted the boys into the 2010 Emergenza International Music Festival battle of the band competition in Manhattan. They did not hear from the organization for several months. Then, last October they were contacted and chosen to perform in the First Round of the competition to be held at New York’s famed nightclub, Fontana’s. Learning the competition is largely based on audience voting and support, the enterprising family went about promoting the event as a means to break into the NYC music market. Excited with their new opportunity, they went about gathering family, friends and fans to spread the word about their unique chance to play at famous venues. It worked. Although it is difficult to get some of The Melillo Brothers’ fan base into NYC venues because of the 21+ age requirements of many places, they still managed to make the top 3 of the night. They were on their way.

However, also making it through the First Round were many other, more established local and national bands. They were sure these other bands could topple them from any chance of making the Semi-Final Round unless they had a game plan. Before they could ever imagine getting to the Finals at the infamous Webster Hall, the brothers knew they had to step up their game. They focused on developing themselves into a marketable brand; honing in on each of their crafts; and developing stronger songs with even more compelling melodies and lyrics that would gain not only audience support but also the judges’ attention.

Their first strategy was to play out and get as much local exposure as possible. In turn, they found their fan base growing weekly over the next several months. This resulted in their playing more than 250 shows over the last two years. That’s amazing when you realize they don’t have a professional booking agent, yet. Following them is like watching veterans re-write the book on how to make it happen in the music industry today. Because of the extensive live shows, they have secured over 1000 fans on their email list, as well as selling more than the 1000 original units of "Just Gettin' Started" because of ongoing internet sales on iTunes and CD Baby. This acoustic, self-produced album has become so popular that it's going into reprint.

They called every ‘impossible’ venue, sending their music and EPK out hoping to get hired; and they did. They played Open Mics anywhere they could find them and within no time, they were on the map. Because of the warm reception they received everywhere they went; their wide-range of musical style and amazing harmonies; their ability to engage an audience of all ages and, of course, their obvious growing fan base, they ultimately found themselves performing at many coveted music hotspots such as The Towne Crier in Putnam, The Bayou in Mt. Vernon, Pete’s Saloon in Elmsford, and even the infamous Bitter End in NYC. Just recently they were also secured to perform this Summer at the prestigious Pleasantville Music Festival and Six-Flags/The Great Escape in Lake George. Believing in the power of giving, they've appeared in dozens of charity events from several Relays For Life, The Harlem Dowling Foundation, Alliance for Safe Kids, New York City Relief, The Justin Veatch Memorial Foundation and the Easter Seals Walk With Me–NYC event, two years in a row. They also performed at the Second Avenue Street Festival a few weeks ago, boasting a few hundred thousand visitors throughout the day. This also continues to create tremendous exposure and respect.

Ever industrious, these fellas have also gone out securing private and company sponsors to help with the increasing costs of upgrading their music and image. They even launched a fund-raising campaign to prepare for their very own do-it-yourself tour that may very well become the format for independent bands trying to get out on the road. This unique concept born only 3 months ago after appearing at the 2010 SS Cape May Festival, the "Home Sweet Home Acoustic Tour" has them and 3 other up-and-coming artists booked in 7 states, 16 cities and in 17 prestigious venues from Piano's Lounge in NYC to the Hard Rock Café in Nashville and back from July 8-27th.

You would think with all the plates spinning, something would break. Well, it did… in March, they broke out of the Semi-Finals of this massive battle of the bands at the famed Crash Mansion taking 2nd place to their new found friends from Long Island, Midnight Mob. Using their idea to put up a promotional video on YouTube that they filmed in their basement, they got the support they needed. The funny and clever video invited the help of family, friends and fans by giving them a chance to be in a music video shoot at Crash Mansion. Fans coming to the show could be part of the video and even secure ways to get free tickets for themselves and their friends. It worked…taking 2nd place, they moved on to compete in the Finals at Webster Hall. In addition to everything they've been doing to increase their visibility offline, they also focused on further developing their online support. They updated their myspace to depict the change from Anthony as solo artist to The Melillo Brothers and added new music. They created a Youtube Channel to draw more people to their site and to their shows. They secured a couple of local young photographers and filmographers to help them with photo and video shoots. Then, they brought on board Producer Tony Woodroffe of Noyz Boyz Entertainment and Brianne Farquar of Elizabeth Maxwell Media who designed their webspace, social networks for their new EP “Something In Between,” completing the package right on time to release it at Webster Hall. Genius.

When learning about their strategies, it is easy to be stunned by these young men’s business acumen. They are exactly what this industry is looking for these days and it is no surprise that they are on their way to Germany. They're working an average of 10-14 hours a day creating, booking and promoting, so much so that they began their own company, Melillo Music, Inc. which is completely owned and operated by the three young men.

But, let's cut to day of Finals...last Sunday, June 27th. To give you a peek as to the kind of guys they are, when asked to cut their set from 25 minutes to 18 because of venue time constraints, they prepared a set that stayed under the request at 16 minutes out of respect for their fellow bands and Emergenza organizers. Other bands were not as cooperative. Even more impressive is that when they showed up for sound check and got a look at some of the bands they were against, they went straight to a local rehearsal studio to tighten up their set. Then later, during their own live set, they gave kudos to their fellow competitors. Furthermore, they not only cheered but also VOTED for their friends, Midnight Mob. This type of professionalism and genuine respect for their peers is something we need more of these days, in every industry. Whether or not you like their John Mayer-esque or Dashboard Confessional style, all-in-all these kids are hard not to like. And it’s no wonder they caught the judges’ attention.

Watching their set at Webster Hall gave a clue as to exactly where these boys are headed and made them true contenders for the title of the night. They grabbed the stage with the command of seasoned entertainers, wowed not only their fans, who came out in droves, but the entire ballroom with their electric energy, soulful melodies and stunning harmonies. Then to add to the excitement, Nick Melillo was named “Best Drummer” for the event right before Sabrina Barino, the Executive VP of Emergenza, made the announcement of the Third, Second and First Place Winners. It was obvious their surprise when Midnite Mob and Prime Prophecy tied for Third and the spunky family of young talent also from Westchester, Graveshift, was named Second Place Winners.

The crowd went wild as she pronounced The Melillo Brothers as the 2010 Emergenza International Music Festival National Winners who will be representing the United States in Germany. It was a sight to behold and we knew this was history in the making. This is a team of brothers who genuinely like each other, who show tremendous respect for themselves and their veteran band mates, guitarist Chris Palmerini and bassist Steve Geller, who sometimes accompany them on larger shows like this. And, to end the night, they displayed special honor to their parents when they invited them on stage to take their winners bow with them.

They may be new, they may be young, but they are sure to become an industry standard that many unsigned bands will look to emulate and follow. Congratulations to The Melillo Brothers. What’s next? Next, they are heading on the road for their first east coast tour then on to the beautiful Black Forest Region of Germany for the Tubertal Festival and the Emergenza International Finals competing for the World Title along with 17 other European contenders.

If you’ve missed them until now, you can enjoy them at the Pleasantville Music Festival on Saturday, July 10th, where they’ll be performing two acoustic sets on the Beer & Wine Garden stage opening for The Bacon Brothers, Jakob Dylan and Rusted Root at 3pm & 4pm. Stay informed of their music, merchandise, upcoming tours, festivals and shows on

These young men are a "must see"... they'll touch your heart and give you faith again in the power of family, good friends, hard work and going for the dream.

# # # - PR Web


Debut Album: "Just Gettin' Started"
1. Coffee
2. Drift Off
3. WiiOut
4. That's My Son
5. Kiss Me Sweetly
6. Her Song
7. Never Slow Down
8. Come Home
9. Fairytale

New EP "Something In Between"
1. Just Gettin' Started
2. Blanket
3. Attitunes (ft Theory)
4. Coffee (new version)
5. That's My Son (new version)
6. WiiOut (new version)
7. Justin's Song

Soon-To-Be-Released Singles:
Your Favorite Song
I Told You So
Where's My Juliet
Little Black Dress
Letter to You
Love Actually



THE MELILLO BROTHERS...are Singer-Songwriters and Recording Artists, performing Acoustic, Pop & Soft Rock music.

You may have enjoyed seeing young Anthony around Yorktown and Ossining playing his guitar for friends and fans at open mics and battle of the bands or at the pavilion in town. You may have seen him and his older brother, Nick, acting and dancing in shows at Yorktown Stage, the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Tarrytown Music Hall or singing with The Westchester Dreamcoats at Giant Stadium. Both were active in Yorktown High’s Drama Club, Choir and Dance Company, where they wowed audiences with stellar performances. Anthony in his senior year was nominated for the popular high school equivalent of the “Tony’s,” the Helen Hayes/Metro Awards, for Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Duet as “Bobby Randall” in “Good News.” He won for "Outstanding Duet" at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill on June 8, 2009. See for a streaming video of the event.

And now, The Melillo Brothers are making news in the local and national music scene, as well!

Anthony is an 18-year-old acoustic artist, singer/songwriter and composer. He is often compared to an early John Mayer, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and recently, to Jason Mraz. Some of his other influences include Ray Charles, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Jack Johnson, Kenny Vasoli and Mike Rowe.

His passion for words come in beautifully vocalized love parables that take you on a musical journey with heartfelt rhythm and grace. Mixing it up with some fun, jazzy and upbeat songs, he continues to take you on a lyrical ride. Each of his transitions is quite unique and keep you listening for the next change. Both to the trained and untrained ear, he is a listening delight and a joy to the heart.

Although new to the music scene, this charismatic teenager should rise fast as a family favorite, developing fans of multiple age ranges and genres of music. Now, teaming up with his older brothers, they are making strides and gaining much attention. Wayne Warnecke, President of Segue Records says, "It is so rare now-a-days to find such young artists with an enormous amounts of talent and ability. They're bound to go far." Marcus Cheong, Producer of “Angels-The Musical” says, “This music has a refreshing honesty and real emotion. Anthony writes from the heart and sings with great passion." Says Anton Evangelista, President of Comprehensive Films, "Every once in a while, a talent comes along and everything clicks - voice, lyrics, music, performed by a young man who makes it all look so easy. Be on the lookout for Anthony Melillo - a singer/songwriter who brings together all the elements of great original music, beyond his young years!"

He was originally influenced by his older brother, Joe (23), who is also a singer/songwriter, to begin playing guitar in the first place. "Joe was 14 when he picked up a guitar and started playing and composing. My other brother Nick was 12 and jumped on a drum set my parents gave him one Christmas, so I just wanted to be part of the band." says Anthony, "I was only 9 and to keep me quiet, the parentals bought me a bass and the rest is history!"

His brother Joe is a recent graduate of Pace University Honor's College, and was managing a restaurant before giving up his career to help his brothers go for the big prize. He wows audiences with his soulful vocals and jazzy style originals. Nick is a new graduate of SUNY New Paltz with his BA in Theatre Arts, which he acquired in only 3 years. He energizes this team of brothers with precision percussion and switches seemlessly from drums to keyboards and back again. Whether playing an instrument or not, he adds another dimension to their 3-part harmony. They are both talented and gifted in their own right and are committed to supporting their younger brother's dream. Together, there's a "magic" that happens when they hit the stage, an energy and honesty rarely seen, and with beautiful harmonies that leave an audience awestruck and wanting more. It's just plain good music that keeps all ages singing & dancing along. Their interaction with audiences is professional and mature, not typical of such young talents. More recently, not only Joe but also Nick has chosen to forego his career to help his younger brother fulfill his dream. During this transition, they are fast becoming known up and down the east coast as "The Melillo Brothers."

As a recent featured musician on the local cable television show "Alive with Clive - Turning Your Passion Into Profit," Anthony has made quite a stir with his appearance along with his brothers, especially with one of his songs, "That's My Son," which can be viewed on YouTube or heard above with full orchestration. Clive Swersky, host of the show taped weekly live out of White Plains Cablevision, has recently inaugurated the Alive with Clive Top 20 Music Chart fe