Roses & Revolutions, is the singer /songwriter duo of Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt - a kind of unlikely pair, although they both hail from Rochester New York. Alyssa is a survivor of American Idol, she made it to the Hollywood round. Matt took the academic route, at Eastman School of Music where he studies Jazz guitar, and then onto SUNY Purchase for Jazz Guitar Performance. Neither school is known as a star factory, but they worked well for him. They linked up and their music has been on MTV, E!, Showtime and supported Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd and Ben Taylor. You can hear their different backgrounds in every song. Alyssa has the smooth, controlled voice tht can range up and down teh scale, belt and whisper in the same song that the AI training brings out. Matt's guitar playing is precise and emotional - the years of practice flow out with every note. The final effect is quite magnificent. I am proud to welcome them to Music FridayLive! in advance of their west coast debut concert at the Hotel Cafe on May 20.