Melissa Manchester
American actor and signer
Melissa Manchester
Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Beginning in the 1970s, she has recorded generally in the adult contemporary genre. She has also appeared as an actress on television, in films, and on stage.
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John Krasinski On The Wild Car Ride That Inspired 'Lip Sync Battle'
Huffington Post - 6 months
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Review: Melissa Manchester, Liberated, at 54 Below
NYTimes - almost 2 years
High spirits predominated when Ms. Manchester performed songs from her most recent album, decades after her biggest hits.
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Celeb birthdays for the week of Feb. 15-21
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Feb. 15: Drummer Mick Avory of The Kinks is 71. Actress Jane Seymour is 64. Singer Melissa Manchester is 64. Cartoonist Matt Groening ("The Simpsons") is 61. Model Janice Dickinson ("America's Next Top Model") is 60. Singer Ali Campbell (UB40) is 56. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli ("The Sopranos") is 56. Bassist Mikey Craig of Culture Club is 55. Country singer Michael Reynolds of Pinmonkey is 51. Actor Michael Easton is 48. Actress Renee O'Connor ("Xena: Warrior Princess") is 44. Actress Sarah Wynter ("24") is 42. Singer Brandon Boyd of Incubus is 39. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers is 39. Singer Conor Oberst is 35. Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is 31. Actress Amber Riley ("Glee") is 29.
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Melissa Manchester On Song Travels
NPR - about 2 years
Manchester shares her new single and her achingly slow rendition of the Ronettes classic "Be My Baby." She also reprises a few of her hit songs, including "Come in from the Rain." » E-Mail This
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A Night That Rocked My Soul
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last week, I had an evening that reminded me not just of the power of music, but of that greater power only to be found in theatre, where story emboldens the songs and familiar melodies are suddenly lifted and filled with new purpose, seizing the intention of a specific moment in the story. It was a night that truly rocked my soul! It was the opening of the new Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin at the Lyceum Theatre. This show, brilliantly conceived by writer/director, Randy Johnson, does not rest in the safety of being the jukebox tribute musical that audiences may expect but, courageously, through a magical incarnation of Joplin by Mary Bridget Davies, actually brings her back to us for a night of joy that left me hoarse from cheering and singing along. I'm sure I wasn't the only one since there were some half dozen show-stopping standing ovations throughout the two-act performance. Though the fact of it is inescapable, rather than focusing on the cliché of Janis' trag ...
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Xaque Gruber: Prairie-oke!: Big Hits and Big Laughs at Silver Lake's Cavern Club
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What do the following pop culture touchstones have in common: The B-52s, Melissa Manchester, Guns n Roses, The Exorcist, Glee, and the classic TV series set in the 1880s starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert that ran on NBC from 1974 to 1983? The answer is of course, Prairie-oke!, the latest, hilariously warped theatre mashup musical from L.A. based writer/director, Dane Whitlock, who brought us last year's hit, Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter. Highlighted by effervescent choreography by Joseph Corella, the lively Prairie-oke! is as endearing as it is demented. Long one of L.A.'s best cross-generational theatres, The Cavern Club is having a banner year with a playful, cheery, inventive lineup of pop culture confections highlighted by Chico's Angels (returning in October), Connie Loves Juice, The Madonna-logues, and now, Prairie-oke!, the year's most mirthful musical parody thanks in large part to its wildly talented ensemble including Drew Droege, Lib ...
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Jenny McCarthy Defends Cousin Melissa's Weight
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Jenny McCarthy is defending her cousin, Melissa McCarthy, against the offensive criticism made by movie critic Rex Reed regarding Melissa's weight. "He can go to hell!" says Jenny. New York Observer critic Reed wrote a Feb. 5 review of Melissa's new movie, "Identity Thief," in which he criticizes the actress's weight by calling her a "female hippo," "tractor-sized" and "obese and obnoxious." Many considered the personal jabs to be unnecessarily low blows. "I don't have the whole story, but, I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it's really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general," Jenny told E! News about Reed's review of Melissa, admitting that she has been out of the loop because of the press tour for her new VH1 talk show, "The Jenny McCarthy Show." "Anyone to attack like that is just wrong and hurtful," she said, "and it doesn't do anyone any good. Not even Rex Reed." Adding, "She's very, very, very talented and people kn ...
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Melissa Manchester: The Chicago Tour Diary
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
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Arts centers coexist in south metro
Hometown Source - almost 5 years
Opportunities to see national acts and for local, emerging artists to blossom The Lakeville Area Arts Center (left) and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center host similar events but have forged separate identities. Photos by Rick Orndorf Editor’s Note: Larry Werner, general manager and editor of Sun Thisweek, wrote a column about how the arts enrich the lives of children. by Michael Ricci Sun Thisweek Two Dakota County cities prove that there is more than one way build, operate and define an arts center’s role in the community. The 11-year-old Lakeville Area Arts Center turned a church into a community gathering place for performances, special events and classes, while the three-year-old Burnsville Performing Arts Center is banking on national entertainment to fill its revenue stream and its place in the arts scene. Because of the way the two arts center projects were launched and supported by municipal governments, they have different relationships with their communitie ...
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Who, What, Where: Melissa Manchester To Perform In Washington, DC - May 15
Glitterazzi - almost 5 years
Grammy Award-Winning Singer Melissa Manchester is getting ready to take Capitol Hill by storm. She will perform at the historic 6th & I synagogue May 15 -- and, we can't wait to see her! Melissa's previously performed on stage with Bette Midler, and her song, "Don't Cry Out Loud," was even referenced on an episode of "Friends." Want to see Melissa? Purchase your tickets right here.   Did you know? ... Proceeds from Melissa's 2008 single, "The Power of Ribbons," benefited breast-cancer research!   VIDEO: "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" by Melissa Manchester
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Charles Karel Bouley: Billy Elliot Has Stars Dancing the Red Carpet at Pantages (SLIDESHOW)
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It's not easy being a Billy. Although one would never know it to meet one. And yes, there's more than one; there are four to be precise, each able to carry the load of the entire multi-million-dollar tour of Billy Elliot, which stops at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. through May 13. And each of the four have something in common with the story: they're young, they dance and sing, and that can bring about problems for a 12-year-old. "A lot of my friends think I'm gay," a very well-spoken 13-year-old named Zach Manske told me at the cast party for the Los Angles opening, held at Delphine Hollywood in the W Hotel. He joins castmates Ty Forhan, Kylend Hetherington, and J.P. Viernes as Billy. "I'm not, I don't identify as gay," he continued, nearly flooring me with his insight, his sense of self and direction at 13. I guess carrying a major Broadway show will do that. Like Billy, Manske likes to sing and dance. "It's weird, because I get reverse discrimination. I ...
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Music Review: Melissa Manchester - Playlist: The Very Best of Melissa Manchester
Blog Critics - almost 5 years
Playlist is a nicely priced retrospective of <a class="fplink fp-193039" href="/Melissa+Manchester+1">Melissa Manchester</a>’s hits, singles, and rarities.
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Interview: Melissa Manchester - The Journey of an Artist
Blog Critics - about 5 years
The legendary vocalist and composer talks about her experiences in the music business and what she's up to now.
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"Midnight Blue" & Beyond: A Conversation With Melissa Manchester
The Huffington Post - USA - about 5 years
A Conversation with <a class="fplink fp-193039" href="/melissa+manchester+1">Melissa Manchester</a> More...
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Melissa Manchester: The Real Power of Ribbons
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Together, one download at a time, we will not only keep breast health away from politics, but we will show the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Planned Parenthood and women everywhere the real power of ribbons!
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The Valley Line: Of peacocks and the Pasadena Pops - Valley Sun
Google News - over 5 years
The big surprise of the evening came when one of his closest friends, singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, stopped by to say hello and to add her own postscript to the love letter Hamlisch was writing to films. Manchester is such a soulful singer,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melissa Manchester
  • 2013
    In 2013, Manchester announced that she was recording her 20th studio album, "You Gotta Love the Life", her first since "When I Look Down That Road".
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to independently release the album. The album features performances by Keb' Mo', Joe Sample and Dave Koz. Highlights include a duet with Dionne Warwick and a second duet with Al Jarreau called "Big Light", which Melissa co-wrote with Grammy Award winning composer John Proulx. In an interview with NPR, Manchester talks about the crowd-funding experience and relays the back-story behind the single, "Feelin' for You". A drunk in a juke joint approached Manchester and asked if she was married, to which she replied, "Yes, very happily." The drunk replied, "Too bad, cause I got a feelin' for you." "Feelin' for You", written by Manchester and Sara Niemietz, includes a solo by Keb' Mo'. The single was released on January 9, 2015 and premiered at #2 on the Smooth jazz charts. You Gotta Love the Life was released on February 10, 2015, and hit #17 on the Billboard Magazine Jazz Albums chart for the week of February 28, 2015. A second single, "Big Light", featuring a duet with Al Jarreau, along with an accompanying music video, was released for radio on June 15, 2015.
  • 2011
    In 2011 an independent film named Dirty Girl was released with many of Manchester's songs used throughout the film, five of which made it onto the soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details Manchester made a non-speaking cameo appearance as the pianist who accompanies the lead character's rendition of "Don't Cry Out Loud".
  • 2008
    In 2008, Manchester released a new single, "The Power of Ribbons", to digital retailers.
    More Details Hide Details Proceeds of the single benefit breast cancer research.
  • 2007
    Also in 2007, she recorded a duet with Barry Manilow as a cover of the Carole King classic "You've Got a Friend" on Manilow's The Greatest Songs of the Seventies.
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    In April 2007, she returned to theater, starring in the Chicago production of HATS!
    More Details Hide Details The Musical, a show to which she and Sharon Vaughn, contributed two songs.
  • 1991
    In addition, she opened Game 6 of the 1991 World Series singing the U.S. National Anthem.
    More Details Hide Details Manchester composed and recorded the soundtrack to the direct-to-video Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001).
  • 1990
    In 1990, Manchester could be heard performing "I Wish I Knew", played over the opening credits of the CBS television drama The Trials of Rosie O'Neill.
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  • 1982
    In 1982, she released "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which won the 1983 Grammy for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance, beating out Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Juice Newton, and Laura Branigan. The song itself reached #4 in Cash Box and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as #10 Adult Contemporary. Manchester continued to place singles on the Adult Contemporary charts throughout the 1980s. Another top 10 entry on the AC chart was a 1989 updating of Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By".
    More Details Hide Details The single was pulled from album Tribute, which honored some of the singers that influenced her style. In 1992 she sang the title song for the animated musical, Little Nemo: Adventures In Slumberland written by the Sherman Brothers and accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, Manchester returned with her first album in 10 years: When I Look Down That Road. While touring to support the album, she was praised for her still "powerful voice" and for "reinventing herself while staying true to what made her popular." She appeared as herself during a two-day guest appearance on the ABC-TV daytime soap General Hospital to sing the song for Robin Scorpio and her AIDS-afflicted boyfriend Stone Cates. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Manchester alternated recording with acting, appearing with Bette Midler in the film For the Boys, on the television series Blossom, and co-writing (with bookwriter-lyricist Jeffrey Sweet) and starring in the musical I Sent a Letter to My Love based on the Bernice Rubens novel of the same name.
  • 1979
    In 1979, she performed two nominated songs on the Academy Awards show: "I'll Never Say Goodbye" (from The Promise) and "Through the Eyes of Love" (theme song from Ice Castles).
    More Details Hide Details The winning song that year was "It Goes Like It Goes", from Norma Rae.
    In 1979, Manchester reached #10 with her version of Peter Allen's "Don't Cry Out Loud", for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.
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    She would later record this for her 1979 Melissa Manchester album.
    More Details Hide Details She guest-starred on the CBS-TV daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow to teach a main character, who played a singer-songwriter, the essentials of the craft.
  • 1978
    Manchester collaborated with Kenny Loggins to co-write Loggins' 1978 hit duet with Stevie Nicks, "Whenever I Call You Friend".
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  • 1974
    She also performed the song live on Burt Sugarman's television series Midnight Special in 1974.
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  • 1973
    Her debut album, Home to Myself, was released in 1973; Manchester co-wrote many of its songs with Carole Bayer Sager.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Manchester's album Melissa produced her first top ten hit, "Midnight Blue", which enjoyed 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song's peak-position was #6 for the week of August 9, 1975.
  • 1972
    Manchester made a brief speaking appearance as "Yoko Ono" on the 1972 album National Lampoon Radio Dinner, on the track entitled "Magical Misery Tour", and as the background singer in "Deteriorata".
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  • 1971
    In 1971 she became a member of the Harlettes, the back-up singers for Midler.
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  • 1951
    Born on February 15, 1951.
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