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Melody Gardot: Philadelphia Story

Melody Gardot

My college years were cut short-I went to the school of hard knocks instead,” said Melody Gardot. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Philadelphia recently released her first album, Worrisome Heart, a soulful and seductive mix of folk, jazz and blues.

She’s not kidding about the hard knocks. Three years ago Gardot was a student at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, preparing for a career in the fashion industry and working part-time as a cocktail pianist, playing everything from Duke Ellington to Radiohead. Bicycling home one night she was run down by a car blowing through a red light.

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