Captivating Couples 2011

Melissa & Ashley

Brooklyn, NY

Melissa, 27, lead singer/guitarist

Ashley, 25, drummer

The dynamic frontwomen of Brooklyn-based pop/rock band Melissa Li & The Barely Theirs met in early 2009 in a recording studio, laying tracks for Melissa’s former band. They have performed at various Pride events across the country and even had one of their singles nominated for a 2010 OUTMusic Award for Best Rock Song. Sometimes they butt heads over music, “but we never forget that we love each other and love playing together. Our willingness to compromise and listen makes us a great working couple. And, we have our cultural differences but we try to understand each other's varying histories and accept the many new traditions in our lives.” When not in the studio, these badasses “appreciate the simple joys of life, such as picking out a Christmas tree together, trying to beat each other's Fruit Ninja scores on our iPhones, or enjoying chocolate cake with Japanese green tea.”