East Harlem, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Freestyle, Latin pop, dance-pop|
Lisette Melendez (born 1967) is an American freestyle/Latin pop/dance-pop singer. She is best known for her 1991 hits "Together Forever", #35 at the Billboard Hot 100 and "A Day In My Life (Without You)". Both songs were such big dance music hits that they are credited as helping renew interest in Freestyle music in the early 90s, which had been fading in popularity due to the rise of mainstream pop music and grunge at the time.
Melendez was born and raised in East Harlem,New York. Melendez' childhood inspirations include her mother and aunt, who sang in a church choir and community theater. As a teenager she honed her singing voice by emulating Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. In high school she became a fan of Puerto Rican freestyle music singer Lisa Lisa who had many dance hits. Melendez, also of Puerto Rican descent, was inspired by Lisa Lisa's success.
In 1988 she got her break and sang backing vocals for a track by dance music record producer Carlos Berrios, who had also worked with Sweet Sensation and Samantha Fox. A few years of dance club touring eventually led to the recording of the single "Together Forever" Produced By Carlos Berrios and Platinum Producer Frankie Cutlass, and soon after a full album with Fever/Columbia Records.
Four more albums followed, including her second album True To Life in 1994 which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 hit "Goody Goody" (#53), A Day In My Life (Without You) (#49) and "Will You Ever Save Me" which charted on the Rhythmic Top 40 at #38. The album did extremely well in Japan, both commercially and critically, where she won a "Best New Artist" Grammy Award. In 1998, she released her third album, Un Poco De Mi in 1998, a salsa album sung in Spanish. It scored a hit with "Algo de Mi" which peaked at No. 8 on the Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay chart and No. 23 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart. Her fourth album released later in 1998 is titled, "Imagination." The lead single from "Imagination" was "Time Passes By." It did not gain mass radio airplay and success like her previous singles, but it became a moderate hit nonetheless.
In 2008 Melendez teamed up with famed music producer Carlos "After Dark" Berrios and performed two new tracks "I Need a Lover" and "Don't Ever Say" on albums Don't Look Back Sessions One & Two.
|Year||Album details||Chart peaks|
|US R&B||US Top Heat||JAP|
|1994||True to Life
|1998||Un Poco De Mi
|"-" denotes a release that did not make the stop.|
- 1988: "Make Noise"
- 1990: "If You Truly Love Me"
- 1990: "Together Forever"
- 1991: "A Day In My Life (Without You)"
- 1991: "Never Say Never"
- 1993: "Goody Goody"
- 1994: "Will You Ever Save Me"
- 1996: "Time Passes By"
- 1998: "Algo De Mi"
- 1998: "Make the Way"
- 2005: "I Can't Change Your Mind"
|"A Day in My Life (Without You)"||-|
|"Never Say Never"||-|
|1993||"Goody Goody"||Rosie Perez|
|1994||"Will You Ever Save Me"||-|
|1998||"Algo De Mi"||-|
- Ruíz, Vicki; Korrol, Virginia Sánchez (2006). Latinas in the United States: a historical encyclopedia. Indiana University Press. pp. 655–. ISBN 978-0-253-34681-0. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- "Diva". Vibe. March 1994. p. 73. Retrieved August 13, 2011.