"Melanie Ann Safka-Schekeryk" (born February 3, 1947 in Astoria, New York City) is an American singer-songwriter. She is usually known professionally simply as "Melanie".
Melanie made her first recording, "Gimme A Little Kiss", when she was five. She first found chart success in Europe when her 1969 song "Bobo's Party" reached #1 in France. Later that year she had a hit in the Netherlands with "Beautiful People" before performing at Woodstock. The inspiration for her signature classic "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" apparently arose from the Woodstock audience lighting candles during her set. A gospel-boosted genuine one-off that combined high drama with Melanie's trademark hippy sincerity, the recording became a hit in both Europe and the USA in the spring and summer of 1970. The B-side of the 45 single featured Melanie's spoken-word track "Candles in the Rain". In 1970 Melanie was the only artist to brave the court injunction banning the Powder Ridge Rock Festival and played for the crowd on a homemade stage powered by Mr. Softie trucks. Her biggest US hit was the novelty-sounding 1972 number one, "Brand New Key" (also known as "The Roller Skate Song"). She has been a...