Best known for her No. 1 hit "Brand New Key," Melanie, whose full name is Melanie Safka, resides in Nashville, Tenn.
She's on the road this month, playing two shows at Espenschied Chapel in Mascoutah, Ill., before heading off to the Netherlands.
Melanie, 61, is married to Peter Schekeryk and has three children — Leilah, Jeordie and Beau-Jarred, all musicians. If you check out Melanie's MySpace page, she includes links to her kids' pages with samples of their music.
Last year Melanie played in London's Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall to a sellout crowd. That concert was filmed for a DVD entitled "Melanie: For One Night," which was released last October.
Perhaps Melanie's most memorable moment was her appearance at Woodstock, where the audience lit candles during her set. The next year at the Isle of Wight Festival, Keith Moon introduced her and she received four standing ovations.
Melanie was the first female vocalist to have three Top 40 hits simultaneously with "Brand New Key," "Ring the Living Bell" and "The Nickel Song" in 1972. She was voted Billboard's Top Female Vocalist in 1972.
Melanie has arguably earned her place alongside Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Marianne Faithfull in the pantheon of iconic female singers.