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Melody Gardot: Bio

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.

Currency of ManGardot 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.

1 Our Love Is Easy  
2 Baby I'm A Fool  
3 The Rain  
4 Deep Within The Corners Of My Mind  
5 So Long  
6 My One and Only Thrill  
7 Lisboa  
8 Over The Rainbow  
9 Special Spot  
10 Baby I'm A Fool  
11 Les Etoiles  
12 Goodbye  
13 Tchao Baby  
14 March For Mingus  
15 Bad News  
16 Who Will Comfort Me  
17 Morning Sun  
Melody Gardot - Baby I'm A Fool - Live At The Olympia Paris
Melody Gardot - Live In Europe - Official Trailer

International best-selling singer, songwriter and musician, Melody Gardot, is releasing her first live album. ‘Live in Europe' will be available as a 2CD album and special limited edition vinyl set on 9th February on Decca Records. The record celebrates the success of her live shows around the world and includes concert performances of her greatest hits, recorded between 2012 and 2016. Personally curated by Melody herself, the album features some of her best loved songs, including Baby I'm A Fool (recorded in Vienna in 2013 and London last year), My One and Only Thrill (from Barcelona in 2012), Les Etoiles (from London last year) and March For Mingus (from Utrecht last year).

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Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Long is NY, Madison WI, Knoxville, Hartford CT, Honolulu, WV(Statewide), Toronto, Vancouver, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Pisa, Copenhagen
INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Slovakia, New Zealand
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