In addition to being one of the great voices in pop music for which she has won a Grammy Award and been nominated for numerous Grammy’s and Oscars, Melissa Manchester has also made her mark as an accomplished singer/songwriter. Her first two album releases Home To Myself and Bright Eyes positioned her as a dynamic new talent and compelling singer/songwriter. Her third album, Melissa, launched the smash hit single Midnight Blue.
After graduating from high school, Melissa entered New York University and enrolled in a songwriting class taught by Paul Simon. Soon she landed a staff writing job at Chappell Music and performed as a solo singer/pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village, where she met Bette Midler and Barry Manilow.
As a back-up singer for Bette, Melissa fulfilled her childhood fantasy of playing Carnegie Hall. Six months later, she had a recording contract, and went on to headline at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and performed for sold-out audiences across the country.
With Kenny Loggins she co-wrote the radio classic Whenever I Call You Friend, and has had songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson and Cleo Laine, amongst many others
In 2002 she 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 and the staged musical premiered in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre.
She also composed for Disney's The Great Mouse Detective, co-wrote the score for Lady And The Tramp II, and she released her sixteenth CD, When I Look Down That Road, all the while celebrating four decades of performing with appearances throughout the United States and beyond.