Melody Gardot: An Inspiration to the World
Updated May 12, 2011
I’m a long-time jazz lover and enjoy playing the piano, and have a broad array of favorite jazz vocalists. Many musicians across the genres have experienced upsets during their lives. One young musician who caught my attention last year on a CBS Sunday Morning show is Melody Gardot.
So what’s with Melody (now 25)? There’s lots of great talent out there. Indeed, yes. But it’s seldom when a singer is able to raise the hair on the back of your neck through just her voice. And when she’s backed by a highly competent orchestra, then you’d better have a seat because you’re in for an incredible experience. Check out her 2009 double CD set My One and Only Thrill.
When you listen to Melody, it’s hard to believe that seven years ago she was almost killed by the driver of a Jeep who ran a red light. Melody had been riding her bicycle. She suffered a broken pelvis in two places; her spine was badly damaged; and she suffered serious brain injuries. On the CBS program, her neurologist was interviewed, in Melody’s presence, and marveled at her recuperation and progress.
Music has been her therapy. In addition to rising rapidly in America in the charts, she’s ranked number one in France. Yes, she also sings some of her songs in French and her accent is impeccable.
We all like to groan and moan at times about life’s difficulties. For an inspiration, buy Melody’s CDs and you’ll forget your troubles. Guaranteed! Having been around musicians for the past 15 years doing volunteer work, I can attest that it’s grueling work. Imagine doing tours and recording with what Melody has had to contend, and at the young tender age of 25. She’s an inspirational leader in her own right.
For more information on her background, check out Melody on her website.