BATH — The soulful sounds of songs like “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Midnight Blue” will fill the air at the Chocolate Church Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 8, when Melissa Manchester comes to Maine for an evening of American classics and new songs from her latest album, “When I Look Down That Road.”

“It is an honor and a thrill to welcome this internationally known Grammy Award-winning artist to our stage,” Executive Director Jennifer DeChant said.

“Melissa Manchester has delighted audiences at world-class performing arts centers like Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. Her appearance here will be the highlight of our fall season, and we anticipate a sold-out performance,” she added. “We can comfortably seat 250 but we can add extra seating in the balcony if we need it.”

Manchester comes by her talent for singing and songwriting naturally, having grown up in a home where her father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. In the early stages of her career, she sang in Greenwich Village clubs and was a back-up singer for Bette Midler.

In 1980 she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year – “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise.” Nominated twice for Grammy Awards in the late 1970s, she won her first Grammy in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. She later combined her acting and singing talents in starring roles in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Song and Dance” and “Music of the Night.”

Tickets are available by calling 207-442-8455 or online at

filed under: