YOUNG GIRL CONQUERS STRIFE AFTER DEBILITATING AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT WITH STUNNING MUSICAL DEBUT.
Philadelphia PA, JUNE 3, 2005- Melody Gardot has been making waves with her most recent debut release of an independently produced/manufactured 6 song EP titled "Some Lessons the Bedroom Sessions". The EP was officially released in late April 2005 and made its debut to CDBABY, the top independent online distribution company, in the beginning of May. The editors of CDBABY loved it so much they decided to feature it as an editor’s pick and highly recommended it to all their customers. They said,
"Sleepy, sultry, smoky acoustic-born female jazzy pop that brings to mind the jazz/pop hybrid of Norah Jones. With the accessibility- harmonically, melodically and vocally- of sweet, mellow female folk pop, enriched with sophisticated jazz harmonies and a whispery overtone that puts a hush over her audience, Melody Gardot delivers some beautifully smoky songs that, like red hot embers, have an intense, long-lasting slow burn. One very nice album here.-Tamara Tuner, CD BABY"
Young Gardot is not your typical singer/songwriter. Aside from a stand alone voice, and impressive knack for mature songwriting, she was recently disabled following a motor vehicle accident in Nov. 2003; she was struck by a Jeep Grande Cherokee while riding her bicycle home in Philadelphia PA. The accident rendered her immobile with several pelvis fractures, spinal damage, and numerous other injuries which have left her in recovery since. Largely playing a factor in her difficulty is an autonomic nervous system dysfunction which makes her photosensitive (cannot tolerate light) and have extreme Hyperacusis/Tinnitus. The condition forces her to wear darkly tinted sunglasses and earplugs on a daily basis, and especially when performing. The absence of such will trigger a "system overload" where this strong young female will collapse to the ground and blackout without warning.
"It makes being a musician nearly impossible, as there are times when I cannot walk into the venue due to too much noise. I have spent several shows outside of the venue until right before the performance time due to this intolerance," says young Gardot, "It makes the typical socializing and networking of the green room impossible for me, but people have been very understanding and kind."
Having only played a few shows beginning in February this year, she has already played some of Philadelphia’s top venues such as The World Café Live and The Tin Angel, sharing the stage with such local greats as Four Way Street. Though her health has made it necessary for her to stick to primarily opening gigs, or shorter sets, this young chanteuse still persistently charges after an opportunity to be heard. She’s shared the stage with Philly locals Josh Komorowski (Love Syndicate) and Seth Kallen at the Tin Angel and packed the house. And on May 20th and 21st she opened for Jeffrey Gaines followed by David Poe at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA. Philly’s most well-known singer/songwriter radio station WXPN 88.5 has also been supporting her album with regular airplay and an in-studio performance set to air in the upcoming weeks. SATURDAY, JULY 2nd she will be performing at the TIN ANGEL as well as at WXPN ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC FESTIVAL in CAMDEN NJ on JULY 24th.
About Melody Gardot:
What is most amazing about Melody Gardot is her ability to see the struggle in her life as a positive and push beyond the daily pain and doctor’s visits that keep her tied up 5 days a week. A typical day leaves her out of the house from 9-6, for the time that most people spend working. She sees doctors on a daily basis for the continuing problems that are a result of the automobile accident, yet somehow she still finds it in her to keep a stiff upper lip, draw on the positive, and make beautiful music. Truly an inspiration to us all.
Most recent Press can be found in City Paper (Philadelphia) in an article titled "Unchained Melody". It ran May 12-18.
Her music can be heard online at www.cdbaby.com where the album can be previewed with sound clips as well as purchased. They can be heard in full at www.independentartistcompany.com on several streaming online radio stations there. Her official website listing shows, bio information and more news is www.melodygardot.com .
Previous merits include ARTIST OF THE MONTH - April 2005 on Hearnet.com. (she suffers from tinnitus/Hyperacusis)