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Thornton Melanie

Thornton (Melanie)   (USA)

EuroDance group
Added : 20/11/2001
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Ready To Fly
Ready To Fly 2nd edition
Memories - Her Most Beautiful Ballads
Love How You Love Me
Heartbeat
Makin' Oooh Oooh (Talking About Love)
Wonderful Dreams (Holidays Are Coming)
Feel The Life
Take Me 2 Heaven 2 Nite
(Oh Oh Oh There Is) Nobody
Sweet Dreams
How Can I?
Power Of The Light
I Surrender To Your Love
If You Wanna Be (My Only)
Be My Lover
Tonight Is The Night
Fallin' In Love
Sweet Dreams
Skate With Me
I Love To Love
Forget Me Nots
Megamix
Bolingo (Love Is In The Air)
A Moment Of Love
You Won't Forget Me
A Moment Of Love
SOS
Freedom (Free Your Mind)
The Best Of La Bouche (feat. Melanie Thornton)
In Your Life
92 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Latest Melanie Thornton news

17/10/2014 : DJ Bobo published a video of the recording of Love Of My Life with Melanie Thornton, 13 years ago.

07/01/2013 : "Sweet Dreams Fulfilled, The Melanie Thornton Story", the book written by Lois Thornton Chisolm, Melanie's sister, is now available as an eBook on Amazon. Samples of the ebook are available for free as well. If you don't have a kindle reader you can download the free kindle app (thanks to Lois Chisolm herself).

09/12/2012 : Lois Thornton Chisolm, Melanie Thornton's sister, is working on a book about her life entitled Sweet Dreams Fulfilled, The Melanie Thornton Story.

05/04/2009 : The Melanie Thornton Youth Arts Foundation, Inc. was named to honor the memory of Melanie Thornton, one of the most beautiful voices of eurodance. Using arts as a vehicle, they strives to ensure opportunities for youth from all backgrounds to do something creative and positive with their talents and their time (thanks to eurodance blog).

05/12/2004 : Melanie Thornton's Wonderful Dreams re-entered the German charts at #53.

14/12/2003 : Melanie Thornton with Wonderful Dream jumps up to #28 of Austrian singles chart (thanks to Denis "DJ Hooligan" Zhabkin).

27/11/2001 : On November 24th, the well-known Eurodance diva Melanie Thornton, who had taken part to projects such as La Bouche, Le Click, or Orange Blue died last saturday in a plane crash near Zurich. The Eurodance Encyclopaedia dedicates this tribute to one of the most beautiful voices in the world of Eurodance.

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Melanie Thornton albums

Ready To Fly Ready To Fly 30th Apr 2001
Ready To Fly 2nd edition Ready To Fly 2nd edition 26th Nov 2001
Memories - Her Most Beautiful Ballads Memories - Her Most Beautiful Ballads 1st Dec 2003

 

Melanie Thornton singles

Love How You Love Me Love How You Love Me Oct 2000  
Heartbeat Heartbeat 18th Mar 2001  
Makin' Oooh Oooh (Talking About Love) Makin' Oooh Oooh (Talking About Love) 3rd Sep 2001  
Wonderful Dreams (Holidays Are Coming) Wonderful Dreams (Holidays Are Coming) 25th Nov 2002  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Feel The Life Men Behind - Feel The Life 23rd Dec 1993  
Take Me 2 Heaven 2 Nite Trance-Vision - Take Me 2 Heaven 2 Nite 1994  
(Oh Oh Oh There Is) Nobody Hysterie - (Oh Oh Oh There Is) Nobody 27th Jan 1994  
Sweet Dreams La Bouche - Sweet Dreams 9th May 1994  
How Can I? Men Behind - How Can I? 7th Sep 1994  
Power Of The Light 100% - Power Of The Light 16th Sep 1994  
I Surrender To Your Love Comic - I Surrender To Your Love 27th Oct 1994  
If You Wanna Be (My Only) Orange Blue - If You Wanna Be (My Only) 30th Jan 1995  
Be My Lover La Bouche - Be My Lover 6th Mar 1995  
Tonight Is The Night Le Click - Tonight Is The Night 20th Mar 1995  
Fallin' In Love La Bouche - Fallin' In Love 12th Jun 1995  
Sweet Dreams La Bouche - Sweet Dreams (album) 10th Jul 1995  
Skate With Me Loop - Skate With Me 27th Oct 1995  
I Love To Love La Bouche - I Love To Love 27th Nov 1995  
Forget Me Nots La Bouche - Forget Me Nots 1996  
Megamix La Bouche - Megamix 17th Jun 1996  
Bolingo (Love Is In The Air) La Bouche - Bolingo (Love Is In The Air) 14th Oct 1996  
A Moment Of Love La Bouche - A Moment Of Love (album) 1997  
You Won't Forget Me La Bouche - You Won't Forget Me 26th Sep 1997  
A Moment Of Love La Bouche - A Moment Of Love 27th Mar 1998  
SOS La Bouche - SOS 15th Feb 1999  
Freedom (Free Your Mind) Joy-Lab - Freedom (Free Your Mind) 2001  
The Best Of La Bouche (feat. Melanie Thornton) La Bouche - The Best Of La Bouche (feat. Melanie Thornton) (album) 29th Apr 2002  
In Your Life La Bouche - In Your Life 25th Nov 2002  

Songwriting

Be My Lover La Bouche - Be My Lover 6th Mar 1995  
Tonight Is The Night Le Click - Tonight Is The Night 20th Mar 1995  
Sweet Dreams La Bouche - Sweet Dreams (album) 10th Jul 1995  
SOS La Bouche - SOS 15th Feb 1999  
In Your Life La Bouche - In Your Life 25th Nov 2002  

 



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Melanie Thornton biography

Melanie Janene Thornton was born in May 13th 1967 in Charleston, South Carolina. She studied voice from the age of six, played the piano and the clarinet and learned how to act and to dance. She had long dreamed of a career in music. Her parents had a friend of a friend who was a singer in Charleston. Even though she didn't get to go out and see her, she saw pictures and heard them talk about her work and heard her talk about going out on the road.When she was growing up her mother would listen to Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and The Temptations, a lot of the Motown music artists. She would mimic the female vocalists she saw on TV or heard on radio. Later, Melanie financed her College studies with appearances in talent shows and smaller band concerts. She frequented a club called The Peacock Lounge, getting up and doing jam sessions when the live band invited people up to sing.

After contributing to the wedding jazz band Danger Zone in Macon, Georgia, Melanie 'fled the gigantic anonymity of America' and on the 14th February 1992 went to Germany with only 15 $ in her bag. Her sister, who lived already in Germany offered her a place to stay and a opportunity to and work with her husband's uncle Bob Chisolm, a singer and piano player. "He introduced me to a lot of musicians. I basically did freelance singing. Musicians that heard about me would call and I would go do gigs. First in jazz and blues, which was mostly the repertoire for the gigs Uncle Bob got me. That led to meeting small-time producers that were still banging out dance singles or playbacks in their basement studios" Melanie explains. On her second evening in her new homeland she was already on stage in Munich. This femme fatale completely wowed Europe with her southern charms and as a touring jazz and blues singer. "I did several studio sessions where for me it was just more income and fun work, new experiences, working in the studios, cowriting with producers on these dance songs". That's how her gorgeous voice contributed to many euro projects such as 100%, Comic or Men Behind. She did tours through Switzerland, Germany and Spain. She settled in Cologne.

1993 she met Ulli Brenner and Amir Saraf. After the first few notes Melanie sang, they all new that she would be the right female singer for their long dreamed of project, La Bouche. Melanie says : "Looking back, it seems like it happened very quickly. In the process, it really didn't blow me away. I did the studio session with Amir Saraf and Uli Brenner in November 1993. Meanwhile, I was gigging, making my money, earning my living. Two months later, they called and said a record label was interested in releasing Sweet Dreams as a single". The producer and owner of the label was Frank Farian.

Meanwhile Melanie recorded one song under the project name Joy-lab. Called Freedom (Free Your Mind), it sounded a little like Robin S hot Show Me Love. Some years later, in September 2001 the single was reedited by Shift media/ZYX Music.

Between 1994 and 1995, she was featured by Schnapka Connection (a band of Rolf-Dieter Schnapka). They appeared in Spaß auf der Gass, a TV show taking place on sunday evenings on SWF 3 Mainz.

It was in April or May of 1994 that Sweet Dreams started making some noise in Italy. Then all of a sudden it shot up to #1. "Lane McCray came into the picture after the initial recording and after the signing and everything. When it went to #1 in Italy, it was serious. We had to get in place and start milking this product to take it as far as possible. Basically, that's what we did. I was doing less and less gigging and more and more La Bouche stuff, and I was now doing songs I'd actually recorded. That was exciting."

This sudden success was great for Melanie, but to her it was like a gradual thing, a very happy feeling. She explains "It was like, "Oh, wow! This is something I dreamed of when I was six years old." But, at the same time, we were traveling so much. We really didn't have the time to soak in the momentum of our success - to soak in the hype and believe the hype. We were working really hard at this point. We would go places and people would go crazy to see us, and this was interesting. At the same time, I kind of kept in mind, "This is really great. I hope we can continue to produce music our fans love." But I always tried to keep a reality check. "This is because this song is so widely publicized and promoted. And it IS a great song, but it's more about the product at this point than ourselves."

Melanie bought a house and then got married. She left la Bouche in February 2000, ending her contract with BMG, to be replaced by Natascha Wright while Lane remained a part of the project. She signed a record deal with Epic/Sony. She changed her look (cut her hair). She explains : "I think La Bouche was a wonderful opportunity - and part of me is La Bouche. But I don't just want to continue to be a dance artist, trying to be young and trendy, like dance artists have to be". She started working with a group of producers both in Germany and in the United States

Her first solo single was released in October 2000 : Love How You Love Me, a ballad (but the CD-maxi included a few dance versions). The single was, as she described it, 'an open confession to the great love, a love which grows silently and lasts eternally'.

Melanie presented her new single on 29th November on the RTL Spendenmarathon, and on the1st December at the Dome in Berlin. One could also chat with her on the www.funonline.de website on the 30th of November. The follow-up single was entitled Heartbeat.

2001 : Melanie released her first solo album entitled Ready To Fly on April 30th under the label X-Cell (Epic/Sony Music). According to an interview she gave and in which she explained that her favourite musical artists remained Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, we could guess that the album would not be eurodance related, unfortunately... Meanwhile she kept on doing club appearances in US clubs under the name of "Melanie Thornton, formerly of La Bouche" (she had the double nationality : American and German).

Melanie's third single to be released was Ooh Ooh (Talking About Love). The song has been remixed for the single release, to have much more power than it already had. Meanwhile her first album, produced by Julien Nairolf and Mitchell Lennox, reached #18 in the charts.

24th November 2001 : Melanie died in a plane crash near Zurich. Saturday night she performed in Leipzig and then she drove to Berlin where she took the plane to Zurich for radio and TV appearances (among others, the broadcast "Die Bar" on TV3, which was cancelled) to promote her new single Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming). Wonderful Dream was a Christmas ballad recorded for a Coca-Cola TV commercial. Her album was planned to be re-released on the 26th of November.

Melanie was only 34 years old...

2002 : a posthumous single entitled In Your Life was released under the name of La Bouche feat Melanie Thornton. This very nice dance track was an unreleased song composed and recorded by Melanie. The single included a B-side called Take Me 2 Heaven 2 Night.

Thornton is buried in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A Melanie Thornton Youth Arts Foundation was created in Georgia

Dance Artists Infos
Le Bouche Online
Q's La Bouche Page
Melanie Thornton's website at Sony
Melanie Thornton offical website
Thanks to Ayman Fahd and Tavi Meran

Melanie Thornton biography was last updated Sat, January 31st 2015


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