[from Melissa's website]
She has starred in seven Broadway musicals and released three major solo CDs: Blue Like That (EMI), Lullabies and Wildflowers (VMG/Universal) and Legrand Affair (Ghostlight/Sony). She has been called everything from “divine” to “the voice of enchantment” to “one of the most valuable assets of the musical theater” by the New York Times, as well as “incandescent” (New York Daily News) and “blessed with every attribute a grand dame of Broadway requires: star power, voice, looks, ability, personality, technique. An aphrodisiac, as it were, that galvanizes a musical into life,” (Clive Barnes). “Earthy and soulful, she both sparkles and is unmannered,” (USA Today).
Her recordings have been praised as “intimate exhalations, sung with her heart-on-sleeve” (Billboard) and “a classy classic sound, with taste and imagination” (Washington Post) and “…ethereal, gorgeous, elegant, popular. Delivered with inward emotion and real artistry” (New York Times). Upon coming to see Brigadoon, in which Melissa played Fiona, in a one-night only staged orchestral concert on Broadway in June 2010, Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote “this beautifully sung performance had the bewitched aura of the exquisitely ephemeral. I left the Shubert feeling blessed and privileged, and I knew many of my friends would feel envious when I described what I had seen.”
Melissa's virtuoso permances on JAY Records ONE TOUCH OF VENUS have earned her reviews such as those below: