Sultry jazz singer Melody Gardot is often likened to Norah Jones, but really — there’s no one on earth quite like her. For starters, she grew up in New Jersey, but you’d never know it by listening to her cover of “La Vie en Rose,” which she executes flawlessly in French. That’s all the more impressive — if not inspiring — when you find out her talents were only fully realized after a near-fatal accident, which left her unable to walk or form words.
In 2003, Gardot was struck from her bike after a Jeep Cherokee made an illegal left turn. She sustained multiple pelvic fractures and head injuries, which left her bedridden for a year. A doctor suggested music therapy, in order to reconnect her neural pathways, so she started with guitar. Growing up, she was a classically trained pianist and later sang in local piano bars. The reintroduction of music into her life not only aided in her recovery — it launched her to stardom.
Several years later, her second album — “My One and Only Thrill” (from the record label Verve) — sold more than half a million copies overseas and reached the top 10 in France, Scandinavia, and Japan. In the U.S., Gardot has flown mostly under the radar, as she’s struggled to break mainstream. However, those lucky enough to know her name and work are drawn to her pristine voice and the intimacy of her performances.
Experience it for yourself by listening to “My One and Only Thrill” on a 45 rpm (revolutions per minute) pressing. It’s available at our Seattle and Bellevue showrooms until 3/31.
The Track You Won’t Want To Miss:
Choosing just one favorite song on Gardot’s album is much like choosing a favorite child — you just can’t do it. However, if we had to, “Les étoiles” is a top pick, as it’s upbeat, seamlessly fuses both French and English lyrics, and features a saxophone solo.