the voice of a generation. melanie first attracted national attention when she stepped onto the stage at woodstock, the summer of '69. as dawn broke, and rain began to fall, she performed on a stage that transformed a generation and changed music forever.
was instantly transformed into a celebrity after an unexpected appearance at woodstock in 1969. she went on stage an unknown and walked off a phenomenon and has been performing, writing and touring the world ever since releasing over 40 cds worldwide with hit songs including "brand new key", "candles in the rain" and "look what they're done to my song, ma" winning an emmy for the theme song
melanie was born and raised in the astoria neighborhood of queens, new york city.her father, frederick m. safka (1924-2009), was of ukrainian ethnic background and her jazz singer mother, pauline "polly" altomare (1926-2003), was of italian heritage. melanie made her first public singing appearance at age four on the radio show live like a millionaire, performing the song "gimme a little kiss".