Melissa Manchester's extraordinary career began when the native New Yorker signed her first publishing deal at 17. Soon she was backing up Bette Midler as a founding member of the Harlettes and studying songwriting with Paul Simon at New York University.
Manchester's own status, as one of popular American music's most enduring artists is exceptional both for her longevity and versatility.
Following the stint with Bette Midler, Manchester's solo career earned critical praise and commercial success. Manchester's recording of the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager anthem "Don't Cry Out Loud" delivered her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979, and she won the award in the same category four years later for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You". Two of her songs, "Through the Eyes of Love" and "The Promise," were nominated for Academy Awards in the same year.
Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Loggins and Barbra Streisand have recorded Manchester's songs. She has written songs for major movies made for the Walt Disney Studios, independent pictures and Tyler Perry and she has appeared in films and television – Manchester played the mother of Mayim Bialik's title character on NBC’s Blossom – as well as co-creating the ballroom dance extravaganza, Fascinating Rhythms, for the stage.
"My hunger is the same hunger I had when I was 17," she says when discussing the release of her self-made You Gotta Love the Life. "This album is what I know for sure at last."