Melissa Manchester

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“From ‘Midnight Blue’ to ‘Come in from the Rain,’ Melissa Manchester has written and sung songs that have touched hearts around the world. Now for the first time in 11 years the Grammy Award–winning star is back with a new album called You Gotta Love the Life, which reflects how she feels about the turbulent industry she has survived in for over 40 years.”—Huffington Post

“Manchester is a proven pop veteran who is right at home in any genre.”—Palm Beach Daily News

Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. She began singing commercial jingles at age fifteen and received her first publishing deal at age seventeen. After taking a songwriting class at New York University taught by Paul Simon, Manchester took her talents to the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow and hired as a backup singer.

She earned her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 with “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” Four years later, she won the award in the same category with the song “You Should Hear How She Talks about You.”

Manchester’s songs have been recorded by Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Loggins and Barbra Streisand. She has also written songs for movies created by Walt Disney Studios, Independent Pictures, and Tyler Perry.

Today, she teaches music at the University of Southern California, where her students encouraged her to record a studio album that was financed by a fan-based campaign. The album, You Gotta Love Life, was released in February 2015.

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