Grammy Award–winning artist Melissa Manchester has established herself as one of the most compelling singer-songwriters to date. Her debut releases, Home to Myself and Bright Eyes, positioned her as a dynamic new talent, and Manchester launched the smash hit single “Midnight Blue.”
Throughout her illustrious career, she has worked with many well-known artists, including Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, and Kenny Loggins. Manchester and Loggins cowrote the radio classic “Whenever I Call You ‘Friend,’” and her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Cleo Laine, and Barbara Cook, among many others. Her international hits “Through the Eyes of Love” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud” were written for her by her friend and frequent collaborator Carole Bayer Sager, and the late Marvin Hamlisch and Peter Allen.
Manchester was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. In 1980, she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in the same year, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise.” She went on to make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast.
For her acclaimed release Tribute, Manchester came full circle, honoring the great singers who influenced her. From Garland to Streisand, Piaf to Fitzgerald, Manchester paid homage to the icons with lush Peter Matz arrangements for this collection of classics.
Manchester has combined her acting and singing talents in a starring role in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Song and Dance and in the hit song Music of the Night, as well as in a recurring role in the hit television series Blossom. She also worked again with Bette Midler, costarring in the film For the Boys, released by 20th Century Fox.
Most recently, nine of Manchester’s songs were highlighted in the feature film Dirty Girl, including the original theme song “Rainbird,” which she recorded and cowrote with the movie’s star, Mary Steenburgen.
You don’t have to list all of the awards Melissa Manchester has won to corroborate her standing as one of the most creative and accomplished musicians, composers, and performers on the planet.