I first “discovered” Melody Gardot back in February of this year. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon her, to be honest. I think it was on YouTube somehow… in any case, I heard a song and pretty much just dug her whole “vibe.” I loved her voice and her style and her look, just the whole package! Then I heard about her story, which is nothing short of amazing. In a nearly fatal car/bicycle accident (she was on the bike) at age 19… started into music as recovery therapy from that accident. Part of her “look” is because of neurological issues from the accident (always wearing dark shades because of photosensitivity). And now, at age 24, she’s about to hit big time!

This is the YouTube video I first saw of her.

A couple of different people sent me a link to today’s CNN story about Melody. Here’s the video from that:

The other thing that’s really cool about Melody, is that she’s really (at least for now) accessible! She’s got a blog, she returns emails, she has a flickr photostream… I don’t know how long this will last, but it’s really fantastic when you email someone to let them know you love their music and they email you back almost right away!

Go buy her album!!!