She was nineteen, was riding a bicycle and was hit by a jeep. It soon became clear that Melody Gardot (1985) would be handicapped for life. On stage she has a special seat that allows her to sing without pain. Fortunately, she was able to overcome her disability through her music, an achievement comparable to that of legendary visual artist Frida Kahlo. Gardot has recorded several beautiful albums in her musical career so far. She started out in New Jersey as a singer/pianist/guitarist with a bluesy, jazzy style. She composes gripping melodies but it’s her clever lyrics that truly grab an audience. Gardot’s lyrics touch the essence of life: they are reflective, sometimes melancholic, but also optimistic. She made her debut with the EP Some Lessons Upon, that became an instant success. Her latest album is Sunset In The Blue (2020), on which she worked with Till Bronner, Antonio Zambujo and arranger Vince Mendoza.