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Melanie Rutherford

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While other people sit at the door waiting for opportunity to knock, Pontiac, Michigan native Melanie Rutherford, unapologetically kicks the door down. Bold, brash and extremely talented, this twenty something singer/songwriter has been wowing music educators and industry professionals alike since the age of five. She began singing at the age of three. As a kindergarten student, Melanie Rutherford was selected to sing a solo behind the fifth grade choir at Bethune Elementary School. After hearing a seven year old Melanie sing at a talent competition, legendary gospel great, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark remarked that she had “an anointing on her voice.” Just last year, Universal Music/Motown recording artist KEM, named Melanie one of his musical inspirations, alongside Michael Jackson, Prince and Chaka Khan. (The Michigan Frontpage, Project Next Edition: 11-30-07)

As a student at Pontiac’s Central High school she continued to win numerous music accolades and scholarships including: securing a number two ranking in the Michigan Solo Ensemble Competition and scholarships from the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts and the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Melanie was also awarded a full music scholarship to Dillard University in Louisiana. After her stint in college, Melanie returned to Detroit more determined than ever to pursue a music career. She continued singing and writing, perfecting her crafts.

Taking her destiny into her own hands, Melanie went to Florida in 2002 to attend the Impact Music Conference intent on making something happen. It was there that she met Def Jam recording artist, Redman and her professional singing and songwriting career was launched.

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