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Melody Thornton

Background information
Also known as Mel
Baby Doll
Born September 28, 1984 (1984-09-28) (age 25)
Origin Phoenix, Arizona,
United States
Genres R&B, pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality
Years active 2003–present
Labels A&M (2004 - present)
Associated acts Pussycat Dolls, Pharrell, Jibbs, Chingy, Bow Wow, Carmit Bachar ,Timbaland
Website Melody Thornton at MySpace

Melody Thornton (born September 28, 1984) is an American R&B singer, dancer, songwriter, model, and television personality who rose to stardom as a member of the successful pop group the Pussycat Dolls. The youngest member of the group, Thornton assumes the second most prominent vocal role, after lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger, and is distinguished for her melismatic vocal runs. According to Slant Magazine, she is often recognized as "the group's best vocalist".[1]

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Early life

Thornton graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 2003. She was born to a Mexican mother and an African American father.[2] Her talent was first discovered at an elementary school talent show when she sang Mariah Carey's remake of Badfinger's "Without You".

Pussycat Dolls

Thornton on the World Domination Tour

In 2003, soprano vocalist Thornton was recruited in the Pussycat Dolls order to add vocal strength to the group. She saw the Pussycat Dolls on MTV Diaries featuring Christina Aguilera and heard they were auditioning for a new group member. Thornton went to the audition and was recruited in December 2003. For her audition, Thornton only sang and was still accepted into the group. As with the other Dolls, she is a salaried employee of Interscope Records. Her nickname for the group is "Baby Doll" because she is the youngest of the group. As of 2009, she announced during a concert that she usually indroduces herself as "Baby Doll", but she wants the world to know her as "Melody".

The Pussycat Dolls achieved worldwide success in 2005 with their album PCD, which debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and produced the hits "Don't Cha", "Buttons", and "Stickwitu", the last of which earned the group a Grammy Award nomination. Following the departure of Carmit Bachar in March 2008, the group continued as a quintet and in 2008 released their second studio album, Doll Domination, which included the hits "When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part", "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and "Hush Hush".

Solo career

Thornton started her solo career collaborating with rapper Jibbs on the song "Go Too Far" which is taken from Janet Jackson's song "Let's Wait a While" from his debut album Jibbs Featuring Jibbs. She has stated on her Official MySpace Blog and in several interviews for fans to keep an ear out for her music. Thornton stated that she would like to have her solo album released soon with collaborations with many artists that she admires.[3] In an interview at the Cabanna Club in Hollywood, she confirmed that she has been recording and writing songs for her solo efforts.[4] Thornton recently stated on an interview with Chilosagirl that she would like to have a few Spanish-language songs to show her linguistic heritage and to get her learning her Mexican background.

Vocal and dancing abilities

Melody Thornton at the Tacoma Dome

Thornton is best known for her melismatic vocal runs, ad-libs and falsetto registrated harmonies. Despite her vocal talent, Thornton had not received any formal vocal training before auditioning for the group, and is the only current member to have never received any formal dancing training before being accepted into the group.[5]

While Nicole Scherzinger contributed most of the group's lead vocals on the first album, PCD, Thornton also added prominent vocals to many tracks, mostly in the form of background melismas. With Carmit Bachar's departure from the group, Thornton performed "Fever" and "Hey Big Spender" alone during live concerts in the PCD-related tours and live sets.[6]

She also released her very first Pussycat Doll solo song called "Space" which was included in the deluxe edition of Doll Domination.

She is one of four judges on the E! Channels Bank Of Hollywood.

Discography

Also, see Pussycat Dolls discography

Featured singles

Year Title Artist Album
2007 "Go Too Far" Jibbs Jibbs Featuring Jibbs

Solo songs

Year Title Artist Album
2006 "Fever" Melody Thornton PCD World Tour / Back To Basics Tour (Non-Album Single)
2008 "Space" Melody Thornton Doll Domination Deluxe Edition
2009 "Hey Big Spender" Melody Thornton World Domination Tour (Non-Album Single)

Filmography

Year Title Name Notes
2007 Keeping Up With The Kardashians Herself
2009 Bank of Hollywood[7] Herself as one of the panelists

Guest video appearances

Year Title Name Notes
2007 Go Too Far Jibbs Cameo Appereance with Tiffanie Anderson Herself
2009 Slow Dance Keri Hilson Cameo Appereance with Chris Brown, Monica, Omarion Herself

References

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