Melissa Manchester was born in The Bronx to a musical family. Her father David Manchester was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Her mother was one of the first women to design and found her own clothing firm, Ruth Manchester Limited (LTD).
Melissa 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; In 1971 she became a founding member of the infamous Harlettes.
She recorded her debut album, Home to Myself, in 1973, co-writing many of the songs with Carole Bayer Sager. In 1975, Melissa released her first Top Ten hit, “Midnight Blue”. She and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the 1978 hit “Whenever I Call You Friend”, and in 1979 Manchester returned to the Top Ten with her version of Peter Allen‘s “Don’t Cry Out Loud“, for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance. That same year, she became the first artist to have two movie themes nominated for the Academy Awards: “I’ll Never Say Goodbye“ and “Through the Eyes of Love“. Two years later she achieved her highest Billboard chart placement with the number five hit “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” which won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. Manchester followed up with her 2004 album When I Look Down That Road.
With her 20th album “You Gotta Love the Life”, released in 2015, Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years years as a Grammy award winning performer and songwriter, but also a renewed independence and vitality. The melodically diverse collection, which includes guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb’ Mo’, Dionne Warwick, Dave Koz, and Joe Sample (in one of his last recordings) is this gifted singer’s latest masterpiece.