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Melissa Morgan Signs with Telarc

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Telarc announced yesterday that it has signed New York-based jazz vocalist Melissa Morgan.

Morgan will make her recording debut in March 2009 with the release of Until I Met You.

Trained in classical music at a young age, Morgan shifted toward jazz in her teen years, due in part to her grandmother's extensive collection of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson LPs. At SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, she studied with artists like Yolanda Bavan, Jon Faddis and Roseanna Vitro. Morgan gigged around the New York club scene after college and was named a semi-finalist in the 2004 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition in Washington, DC. Last year, she appeared with the Next Generation of Jazz All-Stars at the Concord Fujitsu Jazz Festival in Japan.

“How amazing it was to listen to Melissa's recording for the first time," said Telarc President Robert Woods. “I found myself asking, 'Where did this wonderful young jazz singer come from?' She is the real deal. And when I saw her for the first time I was stunned by how grounded, collected and natural she is at delivering the music and the emotion. At a time when we wonder where the next good jazz musician may come from, Melissa is a real treat."

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