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Crystal Storytellers: Melissa Manchester

Episode 4 of the Podcast Features Stories Behind the Songs and Life of Melissa Manchester

Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and actress Melissa Manchester set sail from Tokyo to San Francisco, sharing tales from her early days of singing jingles, backup for Bette Midler as part of the Harlettes and her story of how a conversation with her writing collaborator Carole Bayer Sager about their personal relationships at that time led to the hit “Midnight Blue.” Melissa’s illustrious career spans more than four decades and is sure to inspire any lover of the arts. Tune in and find out how she nabbed all four Beatles’ autographs at age 14 (hint: a travel advisor was involved!), plus many other highlights from the life of this prolific artist.

In 1980, Melissa Manchester became the first recording artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a single year, ‘Through The Eyes Of Love’ from Ice Castles and ‘I’ll Never Say Goodbye’ from The Promise, and to perform them both on the Oscar telecast.

Melissa starred in the national tours of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music Of The Night and Song And Dance, and played the role of Maddy, the title character’s mother, on the NBC hit TV series Blossom. Nominated for a Grammy in 1980 for ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud,’ she won the Grammy-Award for best female vocalist in 1982 singing ‘You Should Hear How She Talks About You.’ Melissa has composed music for the animated features The Great Mouse Detective and Lady And The Tramp II, the sequel to the Disney classic. In addition to composing the scores for the musicals I Sent A Letter To My Love and Sweet Potato Queens, Melissa also co-wrote the radio mainstays ‘Midnight Blue’, ‘Come In From The Rain’ and ‘Whenever I Call You Friend.’ Recently, Melissa celebrated her forty-five-year career with the release of her 21st album, ‘The Fellas,’ a tribute to the iconic male singers who set the platinum standard for the music of ‘The Great American Songbook.’

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