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Melody Gardot

The story of vocalist Melody Gardot is as remarkable as any who perseveres against abject adversity. Born in New Jersey in 1985, she took up piano and played as a youngster on the nightclub scene of Philadelphia, influenced by jazz, folk, rock, and pop music. At age 19 she was a fashion student at the Community College of Philadelphia. But, on a fateful day, while riding her bicycle, the driver of a Jeep made an illegal turn, hurtling into Gardot and leaving her in the street for dead. As she lay hospitalized for months with multiple head injuries and pelvic fractures, her love for music was the best therapy she could receive. While in her hospital bed, she wrote and recorded songs that would become the EP Some Lessons. Upon her eventual release from intensive care, Gardot found the strength and determination to further her career as an artist. Blessed with a beautiful voice and grand insight as a songwriter, her cognitive powers slowly but surely became pronounced, leading to the independent recording and release of her debut CD, Worrisome Heart, which was reissued in 2007 by the Verve label. Her music could be described as a cross between Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Shania Twain, but goes deeper than mere pop convention. Gardot is hypersensitive to light and noise, thus she wears dark glasses, and uses a cane to walk. On-stage she requires a special seating unit, and wears a Transcutaneous Electro-Nerve Stimulator, a TENS device, to assist in alleviating her neuralgic muscle pain. As amazing as her story is, what is more evident is that she possesses a blue style and persona that reflect not only her afflictions, but conversely the hope and joy of making personalized music that marks her as an individual and original. Though touring is difficult, she has been performing in major cities on the East Coast to support her recordings. In 2009, working with producer Larry Klein and arranger Vince Mendoza -- both known for their work with Joni Mitchell -- Gardot followed up her Verve debut with My One and Only Thrill. Gardot returned in 2012 with her third studio album, The Absence, featuring production from guitarist/composer Heitor Pereira.

Gardot altered her musical direction when she returned to the recording studio. She reteamed with Klein, and focused on music strongly influenced by R&B, blues, and jazz in a set of original, socially conscious songs. Her first single/video, "Preacherman," was inspired by the death of Emmet Till. The second, "It Gonna Come," was released as a docu-video a week prior to the album. The full-length, Currency of Man, was released by Decca in June of 2015. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi
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I too went to CCP, although many years earlier. Love her story and her music. Great depth and feeling.
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So lovely ♡
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Love the sound . New for me I'm really digging it.
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Melody Gardot great singing despite your disabilities . I use DEVICE FOR WALKING THAT IS VERY NEW ANF REMARKABLE!! ! IT IS BIONESS L300. IT GREATLY ASSISTS ME TO WALK WITH MS AFTER 25 YEARS AND FEEL I MAY RECOVER!!! GOOD SINGING KEEP IT UP!!!
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Love your style��
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Just beautiful!!! Just found her and instantly a favorite!
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A classic icon among the best. Can't get enough.
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Ms. Gardot has a very special way of singing a song which draws me into the story. She's great!
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I enjoy her very much. I find myself getting lost in her music for hours on end after a hard days work. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely voice with the world.
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Amazing!
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oabs2
Wow...I really felt her music
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I just discovered Melody on Pandora and now download her songs to listen to all the time. She really is a remarkable woman, a survivor, a classy lady with soul. Such a talent and lovely inspiration.
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tmorrisjr
Melody is an inspiration to the scene of new music. Someone so young with very experienced sound!
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Back in 2007 I had the joy of having Melody perform at my venue in Mount Holly. It's an experience I'll treasure for the rest of my life. Not only is she a talented artist, her soul has a brightness that I've never seen matched.
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normtoystoys
Her talent, sound and vibe are as good as her looks. Unlike a lot of pop female singers these days, she's a true musical artist.
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sandys538
First time I have heard this artist. She is really good!
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mbar1016
Laura Gwillim, wait until you see her in concert!!! Beautiful person!!!
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Very Nice
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Very Nixe!!!
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kevin75903
Love love love, can't wait to hear more, will support you and all of your endeavors. Beautiful voice that transports me and really makes me feel your intentions
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That's why I love Pandora. I get to discover someone like Melody Gardot. Just wonderful!
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Once I heard Melody...I was hooked. Her music is very soothing and personal life story is so inspirationa l .
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First time listener, gotta say I adore this music! ��
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lynnbauer041 3
First time listener. Had to know more and now I'm hooked. Thank you pandora for introducing me to this beautiful and soulful voice.
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gloriousgi1
Just listen to for first time... WOW ❤️
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I remember her! I fractured my pelvis and saw her on Wikipedia. Now I'm healed and has been for a year and she starts playing on my Pandora.
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elipice
I love her soothing voice and there is so emotion in her songs.
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So, so lovely....
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hamiltonscot i n n
I play Melody for my guests here at the Hamilton Scot Inn all the time. I think I have fallen in love with Melody Gardot
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Girl you got my
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Yes...Please ! She melts me!
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oneyld69
The voice of an Angel!
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theworldofkc 1 0
she is fabulous!
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She warms my heart. A talented fighter. How can you do better?
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This woman has a lot of talent. Her bio is very inspiring as well.
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It'sy first time listening to her. He voice is so sultry, beautiful and feminine. And her French is wonderful!
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I love her
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Love her!
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laurabermel
I have listened to Melody Gardot now for a few years and never, ever tire of her voice, music and her arrangements . I purchase her music as gifts for others. She is a gift and should be known to all!
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LIKE !!!!!!
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love love love...
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I'm amazed by her , I never heard about her before , now I'll listening her music every day .
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This is soul in my heart
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She is amazing I love you Melody
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Ah, Ms. Melody....
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A living testament to the notion that it is not necessarily what you have done, but what you have survived --- in Gardot's case, it's both. A voice so soulful, sensuous, yet raw with emotion ... amazing!
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ip_mumuse
OMG, I didn't know anything about her background. I love her voice, and even though her covers were sexy, so I searched for a video, and wondered why she seemed to be hiding her face...I guess it makes sense now.
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Clearly something very different but good about her. She clearly has a unique style. True artist!
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Got me beggin girl...
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GRAZIE !!!!
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