Melissa Manchester: You Gotta Love The Life

Melissa Manchester released her 20th studio album this month called ‘You Gotta Love The Life'. She's here to perform her first single ‘Feeling For You'.

Fun facts Melissa Manchester (Source: Wikipedia)

Melissa is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Beginning in the 1970s, she has recorded generally in the adult contemporary genre. She has also appeared as an actress on television, in films, and on stage.

Manchester was born in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, to a musical family. Her father 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 Ltd. Manchester comes from a Jewish background. Manchester started a singing career at an early age, learning the piano and harpsichord at the Manhattan School of Music, singing commercial jingles at age 15, and becoming a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.

In 2013, Manchester announced that she was recording her 20th studio album, her first since "When I Look Down That Road" tentatively titled You Gotta Love the Life. She subsequently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to independently release the album. The new album will feature performances by Keb' Mo', Joe Sample, and Dave Koz in addition to a duet with Dionne Warwick and a duet called Big Light Melissa co-written with John Proulx and that she will sing with Al Jarreau.

In an interview with NPR, Manchester talks about the crowd-funding experience and she also relays the back-story behind the single, "Feelin' for You". A drunk in a juke joint approached Manchester and asked if she was married, in response to Manchester's, "Yes, very happily.", he replied, "Too bad, cause I got a feelin' for you." "Feelin' for You", written by Manchester and Sara Niemietz, includes a solo by Keb' Mo'. The single was released on January 9, 2015 and premiered at #2 on the Smooth jazz charts. You Gotta Love the Life was released on February 10, 2015, and hit #17 on the Billboard Magazine Jazz Albums chart for the week of February 28, 2015.

Melissa will be playing the McCallum theatre in Palm Desert on April 9th, tickets are still available, and her album "You Gotta Love The Life" is out now.

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