Elissa Carmona

Elissa Carmona is a NYC-based singer/songwriter, Air Force veteran, and winner of the 2024 Alumni of Distinction, SU-CASA, Arts Funds and Community Arts awards. Trained at NYC’s famed Music & Art High School, she holds a BA in social science and MSW degree in nonprofit management, and is a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable.

A soul singer with roots in New Orleans and Puerto Rico, Elissa now performs throughout the U.S. to promote awareness for causes like sickle cell disease, gun violence, and disaster relief. In 2016, she founded Morrisania Band Project, an award-winning musical collective that adds vibrancy to NYC through music, community engagement, and social initiatives.  In 2022 and 2023, Morrisania Band Project was voted “best cover band in the Bronx” in the Ponce Bank Best of the Bronx competition.  

In 2023, Elissa headlined throughout NYC at festivals like the DOT Summer Streets, and Bronx and Queens Night Markets, and toured with her band in New Orleans last year. She now performs tributes to legendary singers Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan through commissions from Bronx Council on the Arts.  Elissa is the present 2024 artist-in-residence at Concourse Plaza Wellness Center.

This year, she joins Morrisania Band Project for the 2024 Soul Odyssey, a series of live concerts throughout NYC,  and will headline at the Yankees opening day on April 5th. 

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Ronè Carmona-Greaves

Ronè Carmona-Greaves, a Bronx-based craftsman, singer, and illustrator, is a creative force with a diverse range of talents. As a founding member of Morrisania Band Project (MBP), she leads and contributes background vocals, showcasing her versatile vocal abilities. Ronè’s artistic journey began at Art & Design High School, where she majored in cartooning, and has recently found a renewed passion for illustration after a six-year hiatus, exploring oil pastels and blending techniques.

While her academic pursuits led her to study culinary arts at Hudson County Community College, amassing over 50 credits, and earning a culinary arts certificate at Hostos College in 2017, Ronè has seamlessly blended her love for music and culinary arts.

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Ronè crafts marketable self-care products using natural ingredients. From scented candles to lotion bars and body scrubs, her creations showcase a dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Singing has been a lifelong passion for Ronè, starting at the age of 7. Since 2016, she has been an integral part of MBP, finding solace and joy in rehearsing and performing. Despite her natural shyness, Ronè’s performances have not only built her confidence but also provided a platform to comfort and uplift others. She stands as a testament to resilience, artistic versatility, and a commitment to pursuing her passions, making her a standout figure in the vibrant Bronx arts community.