@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
2 July 2016
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Melody Gardot was born in New Jersey USA and currently resides
In 2003 she was run over by a car while riding her bicycle, leaving
her disabled in hospital for over year. She had to re-learn certain
aspects of life most of us take for granted such as speech and walking.
She also developed ‘over-sensitivity’ to sound and light
resulting in her all-day use of dark sunglasses.
Her musical career began with piano lessons at the age of nine
and music became her main therapy during her recovery to a normal
life. Since her brain suffered neural-pathway damages she trained
her voice by humming and eventually singing into a tape recorder.
She also learned to play the guitar while being hospitalised.
She began writing songs and made them available on iTunes and later
began performing them around Philadelphia venues. Radio station
WXPN, who helped launch Norah Jones career, took notice of Gardot.
They encouraged her to make a demo which soon sparked the interest
at Universal Records. She released her first album “Worrisome
Heart” in 2006 (later re-released on Verve Records in 2008).
Fast forward a few years…
International best-selling singer, songwriter and musician, Melody
Gardot, releases her 4th studio album, “Currency of Man.”
The highly-anticipated “Currency of Man” is an intensely
creative milestone, transcending musical distinctions of jazz, blues
and R&B, to offer a stirring social and musical statement. On
the new album, Gardot joins forces again with Grammy Award-winning
producer Larry Klein. This striking musical partnership saw their
last collaboration, 2009’s “My One and Only Thrill”sell
over 1.5 million copies, and produced songs that have become modern
“Currency of Man” marks a substantial leap forward
indeed, as we see Gardot take her gift for songwriting in a completely
different direction to her last record, the critically acclaimed
release “The Absence.”
As Melody Gardot explains: “Every album is a journey and
this disc in some ways is a leap into the unknown. After spending
time in LA, the songs all became about the people I’d meet:
people who were experiencing life on the fringe…”
Gardot’s extraordinary voice, and underlying attitude, which
exudes both strength and grace, is unmistakably Melody Gardot. The
music world will be reminded instantly of the rare combination of
natural talent and musical sophistication with which Melody effortlessly
captures and holds her audience in the palm of her hand.
The singer adds, “We have a slamming horn section and these
cinematic and somewhat existential arrangements. It’s a body
of work where Larry and I discover an electric side of the songs,
something I’ve never done before.. It’s all an exploration,
but it feels good to have something new, and even a bit strange.”