Mello holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts and is a Cum Laude graduate. He was inducted into the International Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition, he is a member of the elite MENSA International High IQ Society.
Mello was born in Watertown, N.Y. and grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts. He is a self taught musician (electric bass, upright bass, guitar, keyboard, harmonica) and vocalist with over 30 years of live performance and recording experience. He has performed at over 3,000 live events to audiences as large as 25,000 people. He is a member of BMI Music Publishing and has credits on several television shows including The History Channel’s “American Pickers”.
In 2002, Mello joined the nationally touring Dan Lawson Band which included appearances at “Bike Week” in Laconia, N.H. , Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Daytona, Fl, as well as several appearances at The Nashville New Music Conference. It was during this time that he began collaborating with former Dan Lawson Band keyboardist Sean Hagon.
In 2003, Mello performed with The Dan Lawson Band aboard the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid in New York City at a memorial concert on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. The concert was held as a benefit to raise money for the victims and families who lost loved ones during the attack. He also performed at several additional benefits for the 9/11 families and fund raisers for the “Best Buddies” organization. Also in 2003, Mello and Hagon were technical advisors for “The Night of Healing Concert” in Providence, R.I. which was held to raise money for the victims of The Station Night Club fire. This successful event included performances by Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Rick Derringer, Paul Shortino, Blue Oyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band and many other well known acts.
In 2006, Mello joined The Dan Lawson Band for a performance on the HBO Original Series “Family Bonds”. In 2007, he collaborated with Sean Hagon on music for the Fox Sports Net New England Original Series “Celebrity Build” which starred NFL players Matt Light of The New England Patriots and John Runyan of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2010 and 2011, Mello hosted and co-emceed the “Monster Jam” monster truck rally at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI.
Mello’s collaborations with Hagon have included live performance, music for several local and national television shows as well as television and radio commercials, and corporate jingles.
In addition to his extensive music experience, Mello has also held positions as Vice President and Director in several multi-billion dollar financial institutions and as a state and federal regulatory compliance consultant and auditor in the financial services industry.