Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk (born February 3, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter. Known professionally as Melanie, she is best known for her hits “Brand New Key”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “What Have They Done to My Song, Ma”, and her song about performing at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”.
In 1976, Melanie released one album on Atlantic Records, Photograph, which was overseen by Ahmet Ertegün. The album was praised by the New York Times as one of the year’s best, although it was largely ignored by the public. It was re-issued on CD in 2005 with an additional disc of unreleased material.
In 1983, Melanie wrote the music and lyrics for a theatrical musical, Ace of Diamonds, with a book by Ed Kelleher and Seymour Vall, based on a series of letters written by Annie Oakley. Though never fully produced, several staged readings were performed at Lincoln Center starring Melanie as the narrator and pop singer and actress Annie Golden as Oakley.
In 1989, Melanie won an Emmy Award for writing the lyrics to “The First Time I Loved Forever”, the theme song for the TV series Beauty and the Beast. With one exception her albums were produced by her husband, Peter Schekeryk, who died suddenly in 2010. Her three children – Leilah, Jeordie and Beau-Jarred – are also musicians. Beau-Jarred is a guitarist and accompanies his mother on tour.
1 Every Breath Of The Way (Melanie Safka, Peter Schekeryk) 3:40
2 Apathy (Melanie Safka, Peter Schekeryk) 4:22
3 Dance To The Music (Melanie Safka, Peter Schekeryk) 2:24
4 Lovers Lullaby (Melanie Safka, Peter Schekeryk) 2:55
5 If You Go Your Way (Melanie Safka) 4:01
6 Son Of A Rotten Gambler (Chip Taylor) 3:52
7 Lonesome Eyes (Peppi Castro) 3:46
8 Nickel Song (Bernie Baum, Melanie Safka, Stephan Weiss) 2:51
9 Lovin\’ The Boy Next Door (Melanie Safka, Peter Schekeryk) 3:23
10 Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton) 4:09
11 Didn\’t You Ever Love Somebody (Melanie Safka, Peter Schekeryk) 3:39
12 What Do I Keep (Hillary Litsits) 3:26
Producer – Peter Schekeryk
Producer (Executive) – Doc McGee (Track 10), Roy Evans (Track 5)
Co-producer – David Paich (Track 2), Marty Paich (Track 2)
Directed By – Peter Schekeryk
Directed By (Musical Director)– Liberty DeVitto (Tracks 1 & 11), Russell Javors (Tracks 4 & 9)
Music Consultant (Co-ordinator) – Ahmet Ertegun (Track 8)
Recorded at : Tiki Sound Studio; Park South Sound Studio; Criteria Sound Studio; Kingdom Sound Studio.
Recorded At – Park South Studios
Recorded At – Criteria Recording Studios
Recorded At – Tiki Recording Studios
Recorded At – Kingdom Sound
Manufactured By – Bellaphon