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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Currency Of Man

1. It Gonna Come

2. Preacherman

3. Morning Sun

4. Same To You

5. Don't Misunderstand

6. Don't Talk

7. If Ever I Recall Your Face

8. Bad News

9. She Don't Know

10. Once I Was Loved

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Track List: The Absence

1. Mira

2. Amalia

3. So Long

4. So We Meet Again My Heartache

5. Lisboa

6. Impossible Love

7. If I Tell You I Love You

8. Goodbye

9. Se Voce Me Ama

10. My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way

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Track List: My One And Only Thrill

1. Baby, I'm A Fool

2. If The Stars Were Mine

3. Who Will Comfort Me

4. Your Heart Is As Black As Night

5. Lover Undercover

6. Our Love Is Easy

7. Les Etoiles

8. The Rain

9. My One And Only Thrill

10. Deep Within The Corners Of My Mind

11. Over The Rainbow

12. If The Stars Were Mine (Orchestral Version)

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Track List: He’s A Tramp (Single)

1. He’s A Tramp

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Track List: Worrisome Heart

1. Worrisome Heart

2. All That I Need Is Love

3. Gone

4. Sweet Memory

5. Some Lessons

6. Quiet Fire

7. One Day

8. Love Me Like A River Does

9. Goodnite

10. Twilight

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werkmsa5
Very Rosemary Clooney-esk. LOVE her voice!
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One unique vocalist and musician extraordinai r e creating beauty out of harsh fate. Her voice swoons me. Avid admirer.
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Can she sing. One can feel the song. Not many singers can do that. I am a fan of your style of singing.
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So beautiful
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So smooth she is ...
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Another surprise..be a u t y comes from pain.
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She captures all of ones feelings, and she id really great at it. She singslike she's just singing for ou the listeners!
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kmunik8.au
Wonderful - I could listen all day.
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A powerhouse
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First thing is I like your sound and voice. I watched and listened to your video about the homeless. I have been exposed in NYC since 14 going to school to homeless people. As Charlie said he chose this life and no matter what everyone does, its like a disease with no cure. Do you think good hearted folks have not tried and tried with temporary success and losing at the end. Its like drugs they have to want to help themselves. Just a thought.
Good luck with your music.
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Two bad
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That's what's wrong with spell check Melody. Please see the previous note.
Appreciate your sound.
From one limper to the next. Rr
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Ms. Hardly
If you read these comments I have walked in your shoes. I too have neuro-stimul a t o r placed in 2011.
There is a new treatment if your My Stim is not doing all it was cracked up to be. It is called a Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) therapy. Call Dr Jonathan Carlson, Arizona Pain Clinic, Phoenix, AZ. He is listed on the Internet.
Once I head you had a neuro stimulator I identified with you and immediately fell in love with music.
Good luck, stay out of pain. Rr
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lovely.
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Love this chick! Her voice is beautiful.
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pdavis86812
This is my first comment ever. Good day
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She is an angel for our sense of sound, feeling and our heart...
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My favorite is Your Heart is as Black as Night. I could listen to it for hours on end. The song is just too short. I wish it were longer.
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But I have maybe ten, of her music I don't mind, and like!!!!
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I don't really like her music, she has some stuff I'm ok with!!!
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Beautiful
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h3li
what a hunting vioce...a true art form.
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Melody, if you read these comments, you are such an inspiration to everyone. So many others would have just given up on life, after your accident. Not only did you not give up, you persevered, and pulled yourself through. So I can imagine just the physical pain alone, that you must have endured. What a strong woman you are. And not only that, but now you are also sharing your gorgeous voice and music, with the world, lifting all of us up. God bless you.
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minnie.sande r s 5 0 8 3
As soon as the song stared I wanted to know who she was, love the song and her voice, will be a favorite of mine.
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Wow what a story of determinatio n !
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So sultry & reminiscent of the days of old... Her story reflects the sadness in her music... Love those pipes lady...
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carolbeelynx
In her situation and still able, thank goodness, to lift tohers with her music. Lovely voice. Thanks
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Move over, Diana Krall, I've found a new favorite! Melody, keep writing and singing! Beautiful!
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love her music, voice, nuances. She transports you to somewhere, some time else...
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Angel...Magi c
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OMG
I have found my modern day "Ella"
You have the voice of an angel .
I have just found you.
Have I gone to Heaven?
Thank you Pandora.
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#marvelousmo o d
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wow what a sound!
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Love her
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Wow her story is fantastic!! An american frida kahlo...fabu l o u s voice!!
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Beautiful very Beautiful and Haunting voice at the same time, I live in Philly and remember hear in about Tour terrible accident. I thank God that You found the courage to continue to fight and the Love if music to help with Your journey...No t h i n g but continued success for You Melody!!
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Wowzers, so tasty! She's moved front and center in my faves.
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Just heard the lyrics to Your Heart is as Black Night had to stop what I was doing to see who was singing, then read the bio on Gardot and I must say, I am deeply touched by her terrible accident, yet inspired by her determinatio n and love of music. Thank you for blessing us with your passion!
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Just found Melody, very impressed.
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Id love to not be able to touch.
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hauntingly beautiful and precious voice...than k you for sharing your talent with the world Melody...
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Aw, MAAAAAN!!!!!
Somebodies already tapped "Wow", in various forms.....I' m gonna have to patent a word of my own that might adequately describe the way this lady`s amazing talent virtually knocked me braincase over toenails.... . . . . . i t ' s quite painful to get UP after that, but I'll be ready next time.
I hope. :-) :-\ :-D :-\ =-O
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All I can tap about this lady & her GIFT is
WOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O W W W W .
=-O =-O =-O :-D :-D :-D =-O =-O =-O
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Listen to her every night as I fall asleep, when I wake up, when I do my chores. Can't beat Melody, soon I'll be able to save enough to go to her concert.
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I just love her voice and her music - Fantastic
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She's an incredible artist & an inspiration. Her tone is sheer perfection.
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I am new into Gardot's music but i am completely wowed !!!!!!
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Absolutely a beautiful voice, stay tuned.
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