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|Birth name||Melissa Amber Schuman|
August 21, 1984 |
San Clemente, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, Pop, dance|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress|
|Labels||Bad Boy/Universal (1998-2002)
|Associated acts||Dream, Lady Phoenix|
Melissa Amber Schuman (born August 21, 1984) is an American singer and actress. Schuman is best known for her role in the all-girl teen band Dream. With Dream, she appeared in their two biggest hits, "He Loves U Not" and "This is Me". Schuman quit the band after their two hits to pursue her own solo career in singing. Schuman has never gained much fame in singing since her departure from Dream. She has gained some success in acting with appearances in such movies as Love Don't Cost a Thing, The Hollow and Silent Scream. Schuman has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has even hosted TRL. In November 2010, the song "Don't" that was supposed to be the debut single for her unreleased solo album was released on iTunes.
In 2002, after Schuman announced she was leaving Dream to focus on her acting career and a solo album she starred in Love Don't Cost a Thing, The Hollow and Silent Scream. She recorded a song with The Hollow Costar Nick Carter called There For Me in 2004. Schuman had plans to release her first single "Don't" but the single and solo album were later scrapped. As of November 16, 2010, the unreleased single "Don't" was released to iTunes. On November 15, 2010, Schuman's unreleased solo album "Stereotyped" was released to iTunes.
On January 28, 2008, Schuman reported that she would be forming a new music group with former Dream bandmate Ashley Poole, and would be auditioning for girls and even starring in a reality show to detail the new group's formation.
On February 2, 2008, Melissa reported on her forum that Diana Ortiz, also formerly of the girl group Dream, had joined indicating that the group was now complete.
On July 27, 2008, Schuman announced on her website that the new group's name is "Lady Phoenix". The girls were recording the debut album unsigned, although they were 'rumored' to have met with many major record labels and are signed with new management.
In 2012, Schuman confirmed that Lady Phoenix has since disbanded following Ashley Poole's departure from the group and the reality show was not picked up by any networks.
Schuman married dancer Brandon Henschel on June 7, 2006, at the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. On February 19, 2010 Schuman announced, on Twitter, that she and her husband were expecting their first child, a boy. On July 18, 2010, the Henschels announced the birth of their baby boy, Elin Elijah Henschel. in February 2013, it was announced Schuman was going to be the lead in Joplin: the spead walking musical opening the following summer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
- Stereotyped (2002/2010)
- It Was All a Dream (2001)
- TBA (2011)
|2003||Love Don't Cost a Thing||Zoe Parks|
|Recipe for Disaster||Shannon Devries|
- Schuman, Melissa (2008-01-28). "The Official Melissa Schuman Website". News. Retrieved 2008-03-05. "After a failed attempt to get DREAM back together within the last few months, Ashley Poole and I are searching for new talent to start fresh with a new group, new sound, and new friendships. We are also looking forward to an upcoming reality show which will follow us on this new journey together. Since this will be a new group, we need a new name, so we would love to hear anybody's thoughts on what we should call our band."
- "The Official Melissa Schuman Website". News. 2006-06-08. Retrieved 2008-05-20.