Melissa Manchester enjoys meeting her fans, and she’s always amazed at the stories they tell her of how her music impacted their lives.
“Midnight Blue really seemed to touch a lot of people,” said Manchester, who will be in concert at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans on Friday, Oct. 13.
Fans have told her that the song prevented them from committing suicide and gave others the courage to propose marriage.
“Songwriting is a very solitary event, and when I hear about a song changing someone’s mind or giving them clarity, it’s really touching,” she said.
Released in 1975, Midnight Blue was written by Manchester and Carole Bayer-Sager. While Manchester has recorded 21 albums in her career, the Grammy Award winner also has written songs for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack and Kenny Loggins. She released her latest recording, The Fellas, on Sept. 8.
The Fellas pays homage to singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, the performers she listened to while she was growing up.
“This was the music playing on the radio during dinner or while my mother was ironing,” said Manchester. “It was the popular music of the day.”
The Fellas is a sequel of sorts to a 1989 recording of Manchester’s called Tribute, which featured her singing the songs made famous by female music icons such as Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald.
What gives The Fellas an added special touch was having the opportunity to perform with the orchestra at Citrus College Visual and Performing Arts in Glendora, Calif.
“They are extraordinary,” she said. “It was so beautiful.”
Manchester said she will sing some of those songs as well as other favorites. An added bonus are some videos that will be shown. She recently made a video of For Me and My Gal with Barry Manilow as a tribute to Gene Kelly and Judy Garland.
“It gives an extra layer,” she said.
Manchester has performed in the Augusta area before. She sang with Symphony Orchestra Augusta in 2014, and she said she’s looking forward to returning and meeting her fans.
Tickets are $55 for the concert that will begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (706) 726-0366 or visit augustaamusements.com.