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Susannah Melvoin
Born January 26, 1964 (1964-01-26) (age 45)
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupations Vocalist, songwriter, actress

Susannah Melvoin (born January 26, 1964) is an American vocalist, songwriter and actress who got her start working with Prince in the mid-1980s during twin sister Wendy's stint with The Revolution. During this period, she was tapped to be co-lead vocalist of Prince's side project The Family. Later, she joined the expanded line-up of The Revolution, adding backing vocals to Parade, designed the Dream Factory jacket, and, unlike the rest of The Revolution, received a credit on Sign o' the Times. She has subsequently worked as a background vocalist for such artists as Roger Waters, Eric Clapton and Mike Oldfield among others and has performed vocals on Wendy & Lisa's albums.

As a songwriter, she has co-written songs performed by Madonna, Eric Clapton, Prince and husband Doyle Bramhall II who was a founding member of Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and members of Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section (drummer, Chris Layton and bassist, Tommy Shannon). She has also performed in small or cameo roles in three small-budget films, including Skin & Bone and Luster. As a singer, she performed back up vocals on Prince's 1986 single Anotherloverholenyohead.

Coming from a musical family, Melvoin is sister to the late Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and daughter to jazz pianist (and former NARAS president) Michael Melvoin.

In 2007, The Family reunited to record a new CD.

Melvoin is married to guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.

Melvoin is reported to be the subject of Prince's song Nothing Compares 2 U, made famous by Sinéad O'Connor's cover[1].


  1. ^ Lewis, Everett, DVD commentary, Luster

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