At the age of 19, Melody Gardot was struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle in a nearly fatal accident. In this interview, Melody discusses her amazing story of how music therapy faciliated her recovery, and ultimately led to a career as a world-renowned recording artist on the Verve recording label.
The interview is conducted by Craig M. Cortello, The “Business Musician” for a series of podcasts entitled Potential of Music that illuminated the benefits of music and music education.
Continuing with yesterday’s theme of the ever-expanding applications of music therapy, meet Ms. Melody Gardot. Melody suffered a near-fatal accident when struck by an SUV while riding a bike at the age of nineteen. She turned to music therapy as an alternative to the numerous pain medications that doctors prescribed.
She has now signed with the Verve record label and is touring the world promoting her 2nd full-length album, My One and Only Thrill.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Gardot in 2008 and wrote a feature for AllAboutJazz.com. Here’s the link to the article entitled, “Parallels of Recovery: Melody Gardot Finds Inspiration in the Spirit of New Orleans”
To sample Melody’s music and learn more about tour dates and info, visit the Melody Gardot website.
Listen to an audio excerpt of my interview with Melody: