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Melanie Thornton (La Bouche) - the story of a singer

Melanie Thornton's career didn't last as long as millions of listeners from all over the world would have liked... But even in such an unforgivably short period of time, this amazing diva managed to give us all great hits, which are not a sin to enjoy today, after so many years...

Biography of Melanie Thornton: legendary member of La Bouche…

Melanie Thornton is known as a talented pop singer, as well as the lead singer of the cult La Bouche! Melanie performed with Lane McCray until the early noughties: their duet gave the world a lot of hits, including "Sweet Dreams" and " Be My Lover "(these two songs have not lost their relevance to this day)! After leaving the project, Thornton plunged into a solo career: among the main singles of the singer are "Love How You Love Me", "Heartbeat" and others. Unfortunately, the life of a pop star ended in 2001... everyone knows her songs, but only a few people know how her formation took place. We decided to fix it…

Early years

La Bouche
La Bouche

The future pop star was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in May 1967. Already at the age of six, Melanie became seriously interested in music: the girl began to study vocals, as well as piano and clarinet skills. According to the singer's own memoirs, her idols have always been incomparable jazz icons Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack. It is their creativity, their strong style of performance that has always been the main source of inspiration for Thornton.…

During her school years, Melanie developed a new hobby: she fell in love with copying the performers who were often shown on TV at that time. Later, she began to participate in concerts of amateur bands: Melanie often visited The Peacock Lounge, a club where jam sessions with guests of the institution were common. In this way, music helped her pay for her college education.

Getting started…

Melanie Thornton...
Melanie Thornton…

Melanie Thornton dreamed of a career as a singer from an early age… And so, in early 1991, her dream gradually began to come true... At this time, the girl moves to Germany on the advice of her uncle, Bob Chisolm: being a singer and pianist, he was sure that Melanie should try her hand in German nightclubs. And I didn't lose… At first, Melanie lived in the house of her sister and her husband. She has performed with many bands, including Danger Zone. On average, Melanie earned about $ 50 per night. Of course, this wasn't exactly what she'd expected: as the singer herself said, her generous uncle assured her that on the worst night she would earn $ 150 there!

Soon, Thornton began singing on recordings for various dance projects. So, without knowing it, she paved her way to the Olympus of glory…

Meet Farian and succeed with La Bouche!

La Bouche...
La Bouche…

Melanie found a job pretty quickly, and it just so happened (much to the happiness of all La Bouche fans) that her recording of "Sweet Dreams" caught on with Farian, the producer of the infamous Milli Vanilli (but that's another story). Frank Farian offered Thornton his patronage, which she simply couldn't refuse. Soon Melanie met her future colleague, rapper Lane McCrae. So, the musical project La Bouche was born…

"La Bouche" became the main stars of the popular Eurodance scene at that time! Since 1994, the duo has released several albums, as well as a sea of timeless hit tracks: "Sweet Dreams", "Be My Lover", "I Love to Love", "SOS"…

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La Bouche's success and influence grew, and so did Melanie's appetites… The singer wanted to become a solo pop star, and with the advent of the new century, she left the project… She was replaced by Natasha Wright.

At the end of life…

In the same year, Melanie signed a contract with Sony, and released her debut solo album "Love How You Love Me". It was followed by "Heartbeat", "Makin' Oooh Oooh (Talking About Love)", "Memories"…

A little later, the first and, unfortunately, only album of Melanie Thornton as a solo singer was released... The work was called Ready To Fly, which means "Ready to fly" in English (what a symbolic name really is...) In this work, Melanie combines soul with dance beats and her powerful, very beautiful vocals.… By the way: in addition to this, a special edition was later released, including bonus and remixed tracks (for example, the Christmas "Wonderful Dream").

At the same time, Thornton herself continued to perform, only now in American clubs. For her live shows, she adopted the name "Melanie Thornton, formerly of La Bouche". She also participated in the recording of the track "Freedom (Free Your Mind)" (Joy-Lab).

That fateful moment…

Melanie Thornton
Melanie Thornton

The tragedy occurred just a few days before the release of the long-awaited single and the updated edition of the album… It is worth emphasizing the fact that the singer herself seemed to have a premonition of her own death. In her last interview, Melanie said::

"I know that we have no guarantees that we will wake up tomorrow. That's why I live every day like it's my last day..."

Needless to say, after the incident, this phrase acquired a frighteningly sinister message for fans of the star? It all happened on a November night, in the air: Melanie gave her last performance in Leipzig and flew to Zurich. Fans, television, and fame were waiting for her ahead of her… And all this in support of the Christmas and probably already timeless hit single " Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)"! Despite everything, Coca-Cola decided to release an ad: the video was broadcast annually in Germany, closer to Christmas. So it's no surprise that it hits the national charts every year. But... a sudden plane crash, a plane crash ... Thornton's life ended at the age of 34.

Conclusion…

Melanie Thornton's career didn't last as long as millions of listeners from all over the world would have liked… But even in such an unforgivably short period of time, this amazing diva managed to give us all great hits, which are not a sin to enjoy today, after so many years… Melanie Thornton will forever remain not only the personification of the cult duet "La Bouche", but also a bright star of the music scene of the 90s-2000s…

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