MELISSA MANCHESTER GROOVES INTO THE DANCE
WORLD FOR THE FIRST TIME!
FORTY YEARS AFTER RELEASING HER FIRST ALBUM,
THE LEGENDARY GRAMMY WINNING SONGSTRESS
IS BACK WITH “TWO COURAGEOUS HEARTS,”
AN INSPIRING TRACK CO-WRITTEN WITH VETERAN
SONGWRITER GORDON POGODA AND PRODUCED
AND RE-MIXED BY MIKE RIZZO (BEYONCE,
ADELE, JASON DERULO)
Hey dance music fans, “Don’t Cry Out Loud” – Melissa Manchester is back and hitting the floor for the first time in her legendary career!
Forty years after releasing her debut album and 30 years after scoring a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance for her #5 Billboard hit “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” the powerhouse singer and songwriter—best known for towering ballads like “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue” and “Though The Eyes Of Love”—is already receiving airplay around the world for her explosive and infectious new track “Two Courageous Hearts”!
Written by Manchester and veteran songwriter Gordon Pogoda, whose songs have been featured in numerous films (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Josie and the Pussycats”) and over 120 TV shows (“American Idol,” “The Voice,” “ER,” “CSI”), “Two Courageous Hearts” was produced and remixed by Mike Rizzo and released by Dauman Music in association with Rizzo’s Global Groove Entertainment.
With over 30 Billboard #1s to date, Rizzo has produced and remixed for a wide array of pop superstars, from the late Whitney Houston, Beyonce Britney Spears and Adele to Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Natasha Bedingfield, Akon and Jason Mraz.
“It is an honor to work with a veteran artist of Melissa’s caliber, and a great privilege to have the opportunity to share her songwriting and incredible vocal talent with the dance world for the first time,” says Jason Dauman of Dauman Music, which recently scored its first Billboard Dance/Club Play chart “Hotshot Debut” with Danish singer Veronica Jensen’s “Indestructible.”
“Melissa and Gordon have written a compelling song about the courage it takes from both partners to make relationships work, and Mike Rizzo has turned it into an exciting dance track.”
Manchester brings an extraordinary, multi-faceted history as a singer, songwriter, recording artist and stage performer to her latest venture. As founding member and “toots in the middle” of the Harlettes, the infamous girl group behind Better Midler, the new York native fulfilled her childhood fantasy of playing Carnegie Hall. Six months later, she had a recording contract, and went on to headline at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and performed for sold-out audiences across the country.
Her debut releases Home To Myself and Bright Eyes positioned her as a dynamic new talent, and Melissa launched the smash hit single “Midnight Blue.” Manchester and Kenny Loggins co-wrote Loggins’ hit duet with Stevie Nicks “Whenever I Call You Friend,” and over the years her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Mel Torme, among many others. Her trademark 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, along with the late composers Marvin Hamlisch and Peter Allen.
Nominated for her first Grammys in 1978 and 1979, she became in 1980 the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year – “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise” — and went on the make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast.
Since her pop chart heyday, Manchester has combined her acting and singing talents in starring roles in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Song And Dance” and “Music Of The Night, in addition to appearances on TV shows (“Blossom”) and film (“For the Boys,” with Midler). She composed the score for the musical “I Sent A Letter To My Love,” with book and lyrics by Jeffrey Sweet. The show debuted off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Manchester later returned to the stage when she co-starred with Kelsey Grammer in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at The Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, and she recently starred in the Chicago premiere of “HATS!,” a new musical that contains several songs she co-wrote with Sharon Vaughn.
In 2012, nine of Manchester’s songs were highlighted in the Weinstein Company’s feature film “Dirty Girl,” including the original theme song “Rainbird” which the singer recorded and co-wrote with the movie’s star, Mary Steenburgen.
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