Folk singer-songwriter Melanie recorded her first album in 1967 and attracted national attention as well as a loyal fan following two years later when she performed at Woodstock, the legendary rock festival. During the early '70s, Melanie's gentle, acoustic sound on songs like "Lay Down," "Beautiful People," and "Brand New Key" (which topped the charts in 1971) stood in sharp contrast to the hard-driving, heavy-metal rock that dominated the charts. Edwin Miller of Seventeen magazine observed that her "urgent ballads bind you to her with invisible threads of emotion."
Melanie was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall and at the Metropolitan Opera House. She 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 as delegates greeted her performances with standing ovations. In addition, the top television hosts of all time - Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Dick Cavett - have battled to book her.
UNICEF made her its spokesperson, and Jimi Hendrix's father introduced her to the multitude assembled for the 20th anniversary of Woodstock. Her records continue to sell - more than 80 million to date. She's had her songs covered by singers as diverse as Cher, Dolly Parton, and Macy Gray. She's won a Grammy, an Emmy, scores of top female vocalist awards, and the hearts of millions all over the world. And in spite of her strong ties with the past, Melanie has always had her sights set squarely on the future. "When people want to talk only about the good old days," she explained to People, "there's this horrible implication that you're nothing now. But I know I'm better than I used to be. For the first time, I'm not afraid to voice exactly what I feel. I used to think that I didn't want to say too much, but now I can say anything. I feel like a person who's never been heard."
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