Armed with a stunning voice, disarming humor, and a preternatural ability to connect to her audiences, Melanie catapulted from the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene to the big stage at Woodstock. This performance, and her hit single inspired by the event, “Lay Down (Candles In the Wind),” put Melanie on the map. She was introduced by Keith Moon at 1970’s Isle of Wight Festival, where she received four standing ovations. The early 1970s saw several accolades from leading publications like Billboard, Melody Maker, and Record World, due to her ubiquitous chart-topping single “Brand New Key.”
Recent decades have been just as good for Melanie. Her records have now sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. She was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and later opened the New Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations, where she was invited to perform on many occasions. Melanie’s songs have been covered by Cher, Dolly Parton, and Macy Gray. A new generation of fans was introduced to Melanie when “Brand New Key” was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…it [is] hard to disagree that Melanie has earned her place alongside Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Marianne Faithfull in the pantheon of iconic female singers.” –The Independent