A Brooklyn native, Melanie Charles grew up listening to Jazz, R&B, Classical, Kompas, and Gospel Music. She attended LaGuardia, High School for Performing Arts (the Fame School), where she discovered her talent for writing and composition. She has performed with Jazz legends such as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, the late Michael Jackson, and many others. She has also worked with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, and renowned actor, Andre DeShields in “Dream on Monkey Mountain.” Melanie is currently studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music under the tutelage of jazz masters such as Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, Carla Cook and others. These days Melanie is the back- up singer for Atlantic Recording artist. Laura Izibor and recent released her debut album titled “Introducing: Melanie Charles & The Journey” this past April.