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Mayne Stage Presents


Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
18 years and over

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Melanie has had 13 top 40 hits, including the 3 number ones; Bobos Party, Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) & Brand New Key.

She was born and grew up in New York city.

Melanies1969 song, "Bobo's Party", was #1 in France. Her debut album received rave reviews from Billboard which heralded her voice as "... wise beyond her years. Later in 1969, Melanie had a hit in the Netherlands with "Beautiful People".

She performed at the Summer of 1969s Woodstock Festival. Woodstock fueled the inspiration for one of her signature songs, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) when the audience lit candles during her set. That song became a major hit in Australia, Canada, the UK & the USA in the spring and summer of 1970. "Lay Down" became Melanie's first Top Ten hit in The USA, peaking at #6 on the Billboard chart. "Lay Down ", which sold more than one million copies in 1970 and prompted Billboard, Cashbox, Melody Maker, Record World, and Bravo to anoint her as female vocalist of the year. Some later hits included "Peace Will Come (According To Plan)" and Ruby Tuesday (Roling Stones Cover).

Melanie was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and later opened the New Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations. In 1970 she attended The Isle of Wight festival and received four standing ovations, 40 years later she returned to perform again at The Isle of Wight.

With  her husband Peter Schekeryk, she formed her own label; Neighborhood Records in 1971. In 1972 Melanie had her biggest American hit on her own Neighborhood label: "Brand New Key". This song was a #1 hit and sold over 3 million copies. She set a record for being the first female performer to have three Top 40 hits concurrently; “Brand New Key”,” The Nickel Song” ,& ” Ring The Living Bell”.  Melanie was awarded Billboard's #1 Top Female Vocalist for 1972.

She has been awarded 2 gold albums (and a gold single for "Brand New Key").


In 1989, she won an Emmy Award for writing the lyrics to "The First Time I Loved Forever", the Theme song for the TV series Beauty and the Beast.


Her husband Peter Schekeryk produced all of her albums. Their three children; Leilah, Jeordie and Beau-Jarred are also musicians. Beau-Jarred; acomplished composer and concert guitarist currently accompanies Melanie on tour and co-produced Melanie's latest album with his father.



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