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Love Is Just Around The Corner

November 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

I am honored that Mel Tormé and Johnny Mathis recorded some songs of mine, ever so beautifully. I was so amazed by Mel’s scat tour de force that I had to make it my nod to the great Tormé. To my knowledge, this piece had only been performed with the late great jazz pianist, George Shearing, but never fully orchestrated. Once again, Citrus alum David Catalan's arrangement and Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra did a masterful job of knocking this one out of the park! Video creative concept, direction and editing by Paco Silva. Song recording [...]

Just released music video with Barry Manilow

September 11th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

My precious friend, Barry Manilow, suggested this song, "For Me and My Gal". We both loved the original version, sung by Kelly and Judy Garland, from the film of the same name. Peter Hume did a wonderful orchestration. "Singing with Barry is always a treat as he is a consummate musician, we've known each other for so long. We were there at the beginning of each other's long, enduring careers and we are still devoted friends." Read Melissa's interview with BILLBOARD here.

Read Michael Cavacini’s review of “The Fellas”

September 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Melissa Manchester is one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. Her velvety, soulful voice is unmistakable, and I always look forward to new music from this immensely talented songstress. More than 25 years after Melissa Manchester released Tribute, her 1989 album that honored the great female singers who influenced her, she turns the tables with The Fellas, a radiant encomium to the men, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin, and the iconic songs they made famous. The Fellas is available everywhere on September 8. This album is the Grammy award-winning [...]

“Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”, the first single from Melissa’s 2017 album, The Fellas.

August 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

On Monday, Melissa Manchester gave fans a taste of her forthcoming album, The Fellas, sharing the album opener and first single, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head,” via her social media channels. Her rambunctious, horn-filled version of the song swings exuberantly from the rafters. “I wanted to invite the audience in, right away, to what the album and song was going to feel like,” says Melissa Manchester. The classic song was first recorded in 1960 by Dean Martin, who also performed it in the film Oceans 11 the same year. [...]

Did you miss Melissa’s interview with Seth Rudetsky? Catch it here!

April 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Check this out! I had the best time with Seth. He is Amahzing!!! If you missed my interview on Sirius XM you can catch the interview here. Seth Speaks on Broadway is a weekly gabfest and hosted by Seth Rudetsky with your favorite stars of the stage and recorded live with a studio audience.

My 21st Album ‘The Fellas’ Now On Indiegogo

April 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

"The Fellas" is my tribute to several of the great men singers who rocked my world and informed my soul. Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, that crowd ... " I've been given the beautiful opportunity to collaborate with the Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra to bring this dream to life! You can be a part of the serious fun - AND help us launch this album in a big way.

My Black and White New Year

February 13th, 2017|Categories: Journal|Tags: , , , |

1987 into 1988 I had just returned from a grueling six-month tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Song and Dance. I was, effectively Song as I occupied the stage alone for the entire first act. I'd never learned so much, never worked so hard and never dug so deep, emotionally and spiritually, to stay strong and sane. I was performing eight shows a week and, as the sole star of the musical, I had to do press on every day off in a new city. I also had my nine-month-old son, Nathan, with me, along with his [...]

Democracy, like love, is a living thing

January 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

This is where I was yesterday. Sharing a historic moment with 750,000 fellow/sister citizens at the Women's March #womensmarchla. It was not my first march but it was for thousands in the crowd. I'd flown across the country from Massachusetts, early in the morning, watching CNN on the flight as it showed the remarkable march unfold while the sun was coming up across our beautiful nation.

Melissa Manchester Lends Her ‘Light” to Good Day Chicago’s Christmas Special

December 25th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester performs her original Hanukkah single, "Let There Be More Light," on Good Day Chicago's two-hour holiday special on Christmas day. Anchor Sylvia Perez says, "We wanted to make sure we included a Hanukkah segment in the show and Melissa's song is just perfect. We've been so excited about this." The song was written in answer to a terrorist bombing at a prayer meeting in Mumbai that claimed the life of a young rabbi and his pregnant wife. Manchester had the occasion to meet the young rabbi's best friend, also a rabbi, and to [...]

Let There Be More Light

November 27th, 2016|Categories: Journal|Tags: , , , , |

Several years ago, I lived by the ocean. You would think that it would be idyllic, right? But I found that the corrosive element of the salt air did odd things: It wilted celery I'd bought in the morning, turning it to a noodle-like substance by sunset. Salt air, literally, ate through a lovely brass plate I'd kept in a box in the garage. It was also an unexpected setting for a new song. In 2008, there was an awful massacre in Mumbai - a bomb blast in a Chabad Center, a place to service the [...]