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It is 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 1969, and Melanie Safka, a folk singer at the tender age of 22, sits on a chair and stands on the stage at the Woodstock Music Festival to play songs, Love , Beauty and love reflect freedom. After a one-hour performance by Ravi Shankar, Melanie plays her music in front of 500,000 flower children. This would just be a precious moment in her music career. Three years and a record deal later, Melanie Safka would eventually record two singles that would get her into the mainstream music scene, “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain),” which would hit number six on Billboard and “Brand New Key”. This would get number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and become an international bestselling single, reaching number 1 in Canada and Australia and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

Who knew that Melanie’s trademark for success and songs over 50 years later would still be relevant and vital for society, she would certainly never have imagined! Drive forward through 2021 and Ms. Safka’s journey continues. The influential singer-songwriter’s legacy now continues as she has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Folk Alliance International in conjunction with the 2021 International Folk Music Awards. This influential and inspiring award is given to an individual whose competition involves key influencers from both living and elderly people. The award, which members of the Folk Alliance International vote on, is given and recognized by leaders of the folk music industry, legends, unsung heroes and emerging talent. While the award has not yet been won, the sheer size of the nomination is testament to Melanie’s longevity and success as a singer-songwriter.

Further information on the award can be found at: Announcement of the nominees for the 2021 International Folk Music Awards – Folk Alliance International


Melanie landed on the New York music and radio scene in the late 1960s. Her first single, Beautiful People, became an instant record player. Her first tour began with an impressive 40-day series of shows at the world famous L’Olympia theater in Paris at the invitation of Bruno Coquatrix. She would entertain millions in the coming years: at an aquarian exposition (Woodstock Music Festival 1969), at Carnegie Hall, at the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury music festivals, at the Sydney Opera House, in the South Korean DMZ and at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, the Royal Albert Hall and many other theaters, halls and popular music clubs around the world.

Melanie started Neighborhood Records, becoming the first American woman to open a mainstream record label. She has recorded over 20 chart hits and many have been newly recorded. Melanie received an Emmy for composing lyrics for the theme song for the hit television series Beauty and the Beast. “What did you do with my song Ma?” Re-recorded by Ray Charles with the Count Basie Band. Nina Simone also delivered a remarkable rendering. “(Lay Down) Candles in the Rain” was re-recorded by Mott the Hoople on their 1971 album Wildlife. Meredith Brooks and Queen Latifah later recorded the anthem. “Some Say (I Got Devil)” was re-recorded by Smith frontman Morrissey. These are just a few of the many artists who have re-recorded Melanie’s work. She always knew that her calling in life was to entertain. The audience has welcomed her to the stage for over fifty years and she still performs today.

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To request an interview with Melanie Safka, please contact Mickey Mikkelson at Creative Edge Publicity: / 403.464.6925. We look forward to the reporting

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