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In A Chair

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 [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Journal|

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

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. [...]

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

Thrilled to be climbing the charts again!

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

January 19th, 2016|Categories: News|

Melissa premiered her new single YGLTL on the Radio today!

"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!

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

Open Spaces and Gas Stations

“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 »

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

New music video of “Big Light” featuring Al Jarreau

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.

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

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

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, [...]

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

Melissa is going to TheatreZone, Naples to perform two cabaret-styled concerts.

Today it was announced that Melissa Manchester is going to Naples to perform two cabaret-styled concerts on February 18 and 19, 2016 at 8 pm, in the Equity theatre group's 250-seat G&L Theatre. "Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience this talented, award-winning artist up close and personal in our beautiful, intimate theatre," urges TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni. "Melissa has headlined at Carneige Hall and Radio City Music Hall and we're confident her limited engagement at TheatreZone will sell out quickly," he adds. Melissa and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the radio classic, "Whenever I Call You [...]

August 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Equal Dignity

When I was a little girl in Manhattan, in the warm spring months, men could at last roll up their sleeves. On my way home from school, I'd stop into the local candy store, pick out my treat and offer my quarter to “the candy man.” That's what we called him. As he gave me my candy, I noticed tattooed numbers on his arm. It wasn't until years later I realized he'd survived some death camp imprisonment during World War II. He had been identified as an “other.” That's all it took to de-humanize him but [...]

June 30th, 2015|Categories: Journal|

Kindness

In the last few years there has been a profound awakening in my life due to some deep emotional seismic shifts. Details are not terribly important.What I would consider run of the mill catastrophes. What landed at my feet and in my heart was the kindness that was shown to me and my kids during that time.My village of family and extended family helped me organize my mind and my life and it was overwhelming.Seeing a houseful of people packing up my stuff alongside me to move one afternoon and those too fragile to do heavy [...]

June 7th, 2015|Categories: Journal|