Buzzworthy Brooklyn born artist Melanie Charles is one to watch.
Her creative fluidity spans jazz, soul, experimental, and her own Haitian roots. Like the greats, Charles grew up singing in church. She also trained as an opera singer, and attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.
It's no wonder she's electric on stage, having trained under the tutelage of jazz masters Reggie Workman, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Carla Cook, and Billy Harper.
Charles is grateful to have called these world-renowned venues home if even for a night.
New York (Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blue Note; Smalls; Nublu), Italy (Blue Note, Milan), Japan (Billboard Live), France (Duc de Lombards, Paris), England (Ronnie Scott’s), Poland (12on14; Harris Piano Jazz Bar), Germany, and Russia.
Some of her most noted collaborations include Award-Winning artists such as Laura Izibor (Atlantic Records), Nicola Conte (with Jose James and Gregory Porter), underground hip-hop legend Jean Grae, SZA, and Jussie Smollet of Fox’s EMPIRE, with appearances on Good Morning America and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In April 2017, Charles collaborated with GRAMMY nominated Artists, the Gorillaz on their latest album, "Humanz.”
Charles' ties to her Haitian culture are strong, and have been acknowledged by author Ralph Boncy and the Haitian Jazz Foundation as one of the most important women in Haitian music.
Charles has shared the bill with Emeline Michele, Pauline Jean, Mushy Widmaer, Bonga and The Vodou Drums of Haiti, Rigaud Simon, Mozayik, Bethova Oba, Jowee Omicil, Buyu Ambroise, and has performed for Haitian President Martelly and musician Wyclef Jean as part of the 2011 Donna Karan Urban Zen fundraiser.
In 2015, Charles partnered with guitarist Jordan Peters (Lauryn Hill) to form Rat Habitat, together releasing a strong collaborative EP, ‘Guns That Shoot Bubbles.’
2017 marked the birth of D’Flower, Charles’ alter ego, making space for her to explore more of an experimental sound. D’Flower’s self-produced mixtape, ‘The Girl with the Green Shoes,’ can be found here.
Keep it here for the latest on Charles' journey of light and hope and sensational melodies.