Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Pull down your shades and light some candles. A simple, yet poignant blend of jazz and folk is headed your way. At 23, singer-songwriter Melody Gardot has a hauntingly smooth voice that can melt even the coldest of hearts.

Biography

"4 Stars" .....MOJO

The finest musicians don’t always make the most noise. At 23, singer-songwriter Melody Gardot understands the value of subtlety and understatement. It’s what helps to make her debut album, ‘Worrisome Heart’, sound simultaneously familiar, yet utterly surprising.

Gardot’s presence both lyrically and musically lend themselves to someone far beyond her years, yet she had her first introduction to the world of music only a short while ago when she earned some spare cash by playing in piano bars. She was just 16.

“Music wasn’t something I thought I’d wind up doing,” she admits. “I played on Fridays and Saturdays, for four hours a night. I wasn’t your typical player though because I only played music that I liked. A mix of things old and new, I played everything from the Mamas & The Papas to Duke Ellington to Radiohead.”

It was only after an automobile accident while riding her bicycle home that the path Gardot has set out on began to change. Struck suddenly by a vehicle, she suffered multiple pelvic fractures, spinal, nerve and head injuries. Several of the effects have left their marks in various ways such as requiring Gardot to carry a cane and sport shaded glasses to combat residual photosensitivity.

Since Gardot had dabbled in music the past, during a follow up visit one day, her doctor suggested she try music therapy as a means for recovery. Specifically, he believed it would help her with her cognitive problems as music has been known to help repair neuropathways in the brain after severe trauma. However, her doctor can’t have imagined the far-reaching consequences. While still unable to walk, Melody began writing and recording songs on a portable multitrack recorder at her bedside.

“I started recording the songs as a way to remember what I’d done; I had really bad short-term memory problems,” she explains. “At the end of the day I couldn’t remember the beginning”.

Although Melody claims she was never a fanatical music buff with a vast and esoteric record collection, she knows how to get the results she wants with her own songs.

“I had ideas about how I wanted things to go. In the studio cutting ‘Worrisome Heart’, I remember standing in the recording booth and saying to the horn guys ‘can you make it sleazier?’ They said ‘yeah! Sleazy man, that’s cool!’ It may not have been the most musical way to put it but they knew exactly what I meant!” she laughs.

You can tell she’s doing something right, because nobody is quite sure how to define her music. There have been comparisons with Norah Jones or Diana Krall, and she was recently invited by Herbie Hancock to sing Joni Mitchell’s song Edith And The Kingpin for the Live From Abbey Road TV series. But equally her performances might evoke echoes of Peggy Lee or even Tom Waits.

So is her music jazz? Is it blues?

“I can understand why people hear the blues in the songs,” she reflects. “Even the chord structures are simple in nature and pure in their darkest places. People talk about jazz, but if you strip it all down it just comes down to one thing: its all about the songs and the place where they originate. I’ve had a lot of heartbreak (hence the Worrisome Heart) and when you feel that so intensely you cant help but go there when the music calls for it. When people talk about singing the blues this is what they mean. It isn’t a style or a genre; it’s a feeling. ”

Bio by Adam Sweeting.

Lyrics

Goodnite

Written By: Melody Gardot

(c) 2006 words and music Melody Gardot

Goodnite
close your eyes and just sleep tight
ill lie awake and watch you dream
to be sure that all of your dreams are pure
(repeat)
My dear dont you worry bout a thing
ill be near to you all night
and through the evening
ill be by your side

so Goodnite
close your eyes and just sleep tight
ill lie awake and watch you dream
to be sure that all of your dreams are pure
(whistles)
while you slumber
in case you ever wonder
if a summer breeze just brushed your cheek
know its me

And Goodnite
close your eyes and just sleep tight
ill lie awake and watch you dream
to be sure that all of your dreams are pure
..............

Love Me Like a River Does

Written By: Melody Gardot

(c) 2006 Words and Music Melody Gardot

Love me like a river does
cross the sea
Love me like a river does
endlessly
Love me like a river does
baby dont rush youre no waterfall
Love me that is all.

Love me like a roaring sea
swirls about
Love me like a roaring sea
wash me out
Love me like a roaring sea
baby dont rush youre no waterfall
Love me that is all.

Love me like the earth itself
spins around
Love me like the earth itself
Sky above below the ground
Love me like the earth itself
Baby dont rush youre nowaterall
Love me that is all

Gone

Written By: Melody Gardot

(c) 2006 words and music Melody Gardot

I wont wake up to the sound of your feet walking down the hall like a soft heartbeat
I wont wake up cause by the time that I do youll be gone

I wont look back on a past so long I wont look back on the things gone wrong I wont look back cause by the time that I do youll be gone

(scat)

I wont have words
Ive said all that there is to say
I wont have words cause I know youll just throw them away
I wont have words cause by the time that I do youll be gone (repeat_end)

Discography

Worrisome Heart (UCJ/Verve) - Feb 2008 - CD
Worrisome Heart (independent release)- Nov 2006 - CD
Some Lessons EP (independent release) - April 2005 - CD

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT:
CdBaby - "Some Lessons" (2005)
iTunes/Amazon - "Worrisome Heart" (2008)

Set List

The sets generally focus on original music by Melody Gardot and will include a few covers from time to time.