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EDITORS’ NOTES

Melissa Manchester’s legendary career soldiers on with her 20th studio album, the eclectic You Gotta Love the Life. Featuring personal favorites and brand-new original compositions, Life was produced by Manchester and Terry Wollman and includes guest appearances from fellow music superstars including Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Keb’ ‘Mo, the late Joe Sample, Lee Thornburg, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder. Though the album’s first single—“Feelin’ for You,” featuring Keb’ ‘Mo—found immediate success at smooth jazz radio, the album also demonstrates her soulful side. The GRAMMY®-winning performer continues to prove her vitality after more than 40 years of service. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Melissa Manchester’s legendary career soldiers on with her 20th studio album, the eclectic You Gotta Love the Life. Featuring personal favorites and brand-new original compositions, Life was produced by Manchester and Terry Wollman and includes guest appearances from fellow music superstars including Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Keb’ ‘Mo, the late Joe Sample, Lee Thornburg, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder. Though the album’s first single—“Feelin’ for You,” featuring Keb’ ‘Mo—found immediate success at smooth jazz radio, the album also demonstrates her soulful side. The GRAMMY®-winning performer continues to prove her vitality after more than 40 years of service. 

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

21 Ratings

Fantastic work; will delight new fans and old!

Doctah J,

Even for someone who hasn’t been a fan of Melissa Manchester for the over 40 years she has been in the music business, this album is a gem. The songs are composed, not simply generated, and the performances are real, musical, and soulful. This compilation would have been outstanding even without the all-star guest roster, but those performances add an exquisite icing to a blissfully rich cake. Manchester’s voice has lost nothing over time, and her singing has grown much richer with years of life and living. The artistry and musicianship are sublime. She has a solo voice that I have always found superior to Streisand's, but as a musician, she also knows how to blend to magnificent effect. And blend she does, at every turn.
This album demonstrates what an album really is and can be. The song selection is really first rate. I for one wish more musicians were working in this manner nowadays; this album was clearly made with love for the process and the audience, and it delights. It might not make her rich, but it makes her listeners’ lives richer.

Lovely! Every track is vocal gold

RonAnnArbor,

What a great new album from one of my all-time favorites, Melissa Manchester --- the music here is all hummable, and ranges from lovely ballads to many upbeat jazzy tunes with great riffs...and a gorgeous and surprising interpretation of the R&H "Something Wonderful" that took my breath away...Just get it -- on CD or download...you'll love it. Congrats Melissa!

About Melissa Manchester

MOR singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, began singing commercial jingles at age 15 and went on to become a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending the High School of Performing Arts. After taking a songwriting class at New York University taught by Paul Simon, Manchester took her talents to the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow; the two hired her as a backup singer in 1971. She recorded her debut album, Home to Myself, in 1973, co-writing many of the songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Released in 1975, Melissa produced her first Top Ten hit, "Midnight Blue," and set the tone for most of her career with its direct, slickly produced MOR pop sound. She and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the latter's 1978 duet hit with Stevie Nicks, "Whenever I Call You Friend," and the following year, Manchester returned to the Top Ten with "Don't Cry Out Loud." In 1980, Manchester became the first singer to have two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards (Ice Castles and The Promise); two years later she achieved her highest Billboard singles chart placement with the number five hit "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. Through the '80s and '90s, Manchester alternated occasional recording with scriptwriting and acting, appearing with Bette Midler in For the Boys and on the television series Blossom as the title character's birth mother. In spring 2004, Manchester returned with her first album in ten years. When I Look Down That Road, which included collaborations with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Keb' Mo' and marked her first proper release with Koch. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [The Bronx]
  • BORN
    Feb 15, 1951

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