Melanie, who became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock, has been putting the pieces in order. Pieces of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey.
Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song… and nobody does this better than Melanie. See for yourself when Melanie performs in benefit for WLSR on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30pm. The concert will take place at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, located at 525 Kumquat Court in the Rosemary District. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.orgg or by calling 941-894-6469.
Melanie first came to prominence at Woodstock, where as a New York kid barely known outside of the coffeehouse circuit in Greenwich Village, she sang her song “Beautiful People” and inspired the first panorama of candles and cigarette lighters ever raised at a concert event. That, in turn, moved the young singer to write “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain”), which sold more than one million copies in 1970 and prompted Billboard, Cashbox, Melody Maker, Record World, and Bravo to anoint her as female vocalist of the year. Her single “Brand New Key,” an infectious romp about freedom and roller skates, topped the charts in 1971.
She hasn’t slowed down since, delighting music lovers the world over for decades and releasing many albums. Her music has been everywhere, featured on the soundtrack of the film Boogie Nights and covered by such artists as Deana Carter, Cher, Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus. She was awarded Billboard’s #1 Top Female Vocalist in 1972. She won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1989 for writing the lyrics to the song “The First Time I Loved Forever” for the TV series Beauty and the Beast. In April 2015, she was inducted into Red Bank Regional’s “Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame”. Melanie received the Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award at the Artists Music Guild’s 2015 AMG Heritage Awards. UNICEF made her it’s official spokesperson. Her children Leilah, Jeordie and Beau-Jarred are all musicians. Almost all her albums have been produced by her late husband, Peter Schekeryk. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and continues to record the occasional album and perform live all over the world.