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Making It with Terry Wollman

August 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

I had the most delightful interview with my dear friend and co-producer Terry Wollman on his new radio show "Making It with Terry Wollman", at entertalkradio.com. I was honored to be his very first guest. We chatted about life, music, integrity, laughter, and how to make it in the music business. You can listen here...

Melissa performs at the The O’Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference Aug 9.

July 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Melissa Manchester will perform at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford August 9th. She is best known for her hit songs "Don't Cry Out Loud" and "Midnight Blue" (and for co-writing "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Kenny Loggins)...

BIG LIGHT (the dance mix) is now crossing the pond.

February 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Delighted to be back on the charts again ... and it's a new one! BIG LIGHT (the dance mix) is on the New York Music Pool dance chart, opening at #44. The duet was originally released on, YOU GOTTA LOVE THE LIFE, one year ago today. This is a dance remix version, a hit in Europe, now crossing the pond.

In A Chair

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Journal|

Last July I broke my left ankle. Originally, there was a chance that both ankles suffered fractures but, as it turned out, the left one broke good and clean - no ligaments were torn to complicate matters - and the right ankle merely suffered a sprain, which recovered quickly. I had surgery, performed by an adorable young doctor who struck me more as a young kid in need of snack rather than as an accomplished surgeon. After surgery, where a metal plate and two screws were left to support my broken bones, I landed in a [...]

The Sweet Potato Queens Musical, Premieres March 17 – 27, 2016 in Houston

January 27th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Houston's Theatre Under The Stars's TUTS Underground will present the world premiere of a new musical featuring a score by Melissa Manchester (Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter) and Sharon Vaughn titled SWEET POTATO QUEENS. The Musical is loosely based on the life-story of #1 New York Times best-selling author and SPQ founder, Jill Conner Browne and featuring a collaboration with Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and bookwriter Rupert Holmes. Holmes is the first person in theatrical history to solely win Tony® Awards for Best Book and Best Music and Lyrics, and Best Musical for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. [...]

Thrilled to be climbing the charts again!

January 19th, 2016|Categories: News|

My single "You Gotta Love The Life" moved up the Mediabase Smooth AC chart by nine positions! Even happier to be in such great company with my co-producer Terry Wollman Music and Adele! Thanks to Cliff and Jason Gorov and all of the program/music directors around the globe who continue to show such great support! And special thanks to all of the Fanchesters out there - I couldn't do it without you! M

Melissa premiered her new single YGLTL on the Radio today!

October 13th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

"You Gotta Love the Life" (for consideration as Song of the Year at The GRAMMYs) from Melissa's 20th album of the same name is directed by Paul Gervasi and captures the inner life of this artist's journey - the grit, the grind and the joy. Check out the NEW music video here!

Open Spaces and Gas Stations

October 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

“Open Spaces and Gas Stations,” Manchester’s co-production with Canadian songwriter James Collins, is currently bubbling under the Top 100 Anglophone chart in Quebec and is being spun at radio stations in the Philippines, New Zealand and Scotland. “Open Spaces” switches pop styles for Melissa, in this collaboration with Toronto-based singer/songwriter James Collins, who co-wrote Melissa’s “My Christmas Song for You” as well as the much-played “Frozen In Time (The New Wedding Song)”. BUY ON ITUNES »

New music video of “Big Light” featuring Al Jarreau

August 26th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

U.K. producer Liam Keegan – known for his remixes of Rihanna's "Diamonds", Demi Lovato's "Cool For The Summer" and Sia's "Chandelier" – will release his dance remix of “Big Light,” this Friday, October 16.

Melissa Manchester to Perform 
at the Festival of Arts August 29th

August 21st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Singer Melissa Manchester and actress Mira Sorvino lead off the Festival of Arts’ one-night only celebrity benefit concert and performance of the Pageant of the Masters on Saturday, August 29 in Laguna Beach, CA. This red carpet one-night affair will offer guests an evening of music and a special performance of this summer’s popular Pageant of the Masters, titled “The Pursuit of Happiness.The Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant of the Masters, is the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season. Other guest celebrities from television scheduled to appear are Paget Brewster, Raymond Cruz, [...]