As a back-up singer for Bette, Melissa
fulfilled her childhood fantasy of playing New York's Carnegie Hall.
Six months later, she had a recording contract, and shortly thereafter
was headlining Carnegie Hall and performing for sold-out audiences.
Melissa's albums have served to establish her
as one of the most compelling singer/songwriters in contemporary
music. Her debut albums "Home to Myself" and "Bright
Eyes," positioned her
as a dynamic new talent, and her album "Melissa" launched the smash hit
single "Midnight Blue."
"Lovers After All" (from her "For the
Working Girl" LP), the sensual ballad that she wrote and performed
as a duet with Peabo Bryson, was a hit on both the Pop and R&B
charts. Melissa Manchester and
Kenny Loggins also co-wrote "Whenever I Call
You Friend," which has become a radio classic.
In 1980 she became the first artist in the
history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a
given year: "Ice Castles" and "The Promise."
Melissa went on to make Oscar
history by performing both of these works in their entirety during the
Melissa was nominated for a Grammy Award in
1978 and 1979. She received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female
Vocalist for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" from
her "Hey Ricky" LP, produced by Arif Mardin.
For her acclaimed 1989 album "Tribute," Melissa Manchester
came full circle, honoring the singers who influenced her.
From Garland to Streisand, Piaf to Fitzgerald, Melissa paid a sincere
and touching tribute to some remarkable entertainers with this lush
collection of classics.
Melissa Manchester has combined her acting and singing
talents in starring roles in Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Song and
Dance" and "Music of the Night," and in a recurring
role in the hit television series "Blossom." She also worked
again with Bette Midler, co-starring in the film "For The Boys," released by 20th Century Fox.
Melissa released her first
Christmas album on Angel/EMI Records. The CD, entitled "You," was hailed
by the New York Times as "a heartfelt Christmas album that sounds
classic on first listen".
In yet another career first, Melissa wrote the musical "I
Sent a Letter To My Love," based on
the acclaimed Bernice Rubens novel of the same name. She performed the
leading role in a National Public Radio broadcast premiere in 1998.
Melissa Manchester returned to the stage in
March of 1999, when she co-starred with Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"),
in Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed musical "Sweeney" at
The Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
She also completed composing
and recording the score for "Lady And The Tramp II," the
sequel to the beloved Walt Disney classic. Melissa Manchester received the
Governor's Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences for her contributions to the music and recording arts.