Melissa has recorded and made music with such industry greats as Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Michel Legrand, Randy Newman, Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Tilson Thomas. She was chosen to sing at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for Jimmy Webb's induction; and has voiced an original film theme song written by Michel Legrand called "Hurry Home." Michel Legrand & Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote her an original song called "In Another Life" for one of her solo albums, and gave her a new verse to their legendary "You Must Believe in Spring." She has appeared with symphonies at prestigious concert halls such as The Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, and Avery Fisher Music Hall. She sang "I Have Dreamed" from THE KING AND I on the nationally televised Kennedy Center Honors and appeared solo at Cafe Caryle, The Blue Note, Joe's Pub and Birdland, to name a few. Melissa can bring a room to a sudden hush or rousingly raise the roof!

What they say...

  • Melissa’s Music Career…

    Melissa has won rave reviews for her concert and cabaret appearances and is often a favorite to perform at charity events for causes near to her heart. She regularly performs with symphonies around America, and was honored to be selected several times for major solo concerts with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, even a mere three weeks before his passing. Melissa has been asked to “pinch hit” for Barbara Cook on two recent occasions: a major fundraiser for Mike Nichol’s charity Friends In Deed as well as “A Celebration Of Jerry Herman” with Angela Lansbury, Melissa’s London debut with the Royal Philharmonic at The Palladium Theater. She is a regular at Birdland Jazz Club NYC, Joe’s Pub, and New York’s Symphony Space’s “Wall to Wall” series where she has sung the music of Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, and Kurt Weill. Melissa has sung the National Anthem live on CBS at The US Open at Madison Square Garden, and many times around the world for major sporting events such as the Davis Cup Final of USA vs Russia. Melissa is an accomplished recording artist with five solo albums, including Legrand Affair conducted and arranged by Michel Legrand and produced by Phil Ramone as well as Melissa Errico Live at 54 Below: What About Today? which was accompanied by the first-ever Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below DVD released on Broadway Records for Christmas 2015.
  • More about Melissa’s Music Career…

    With her debut album Blue Like That in 2003 on EMI Records, Melissa opened the door to a new journey in her career. She was signed by Bruce Lundvall, and deeply nurtured by him, spending almost a year discussing songs and making demos, finding a unique approach to recording as a theater-trained singer with a sensitivity to jazz and folk stylings. The original demos were reinventions of songs by Randy Newman, Sondheim, Bill Evans, and Michel Legrand. The legendary Arif Mardin took her under his wing and began arranging her debut album, directly after doing the same for Norah Jones’ debut. Melissa quickly began developing a name for herself in the music world, as critics called her work seductive, thoughtful, and sexy, and put her in a category with a growing list of young musicians who are played to a wide range of listeners, redefining the genre of jazz-inspired pop, and exploring their eclectic tastes. The album was produced by Arif Mardin (who also arranged and conducted) for Manhattan Records/Capitol (EMI), her debut CD is a collection of original pop and soft-rock (some written by her brother Mike Errico) and lesser-known covers by Randy Newman, Shawn Colvin, Rickie Lee Jones, and Billy Joel. The title track was written for her by Jeff Franzel, Tom Kimmell, and Mark Luna, with another original by Phil Galdston. With touches of jazz and R&B stylings, strings and woodwinds, the CD tells stories that are personal to Melissa – with arrangements by Arif Mardin that highlight Melissa’s collaboration with jazz pianist Alan Pasqua.

    Melissa’s next release in 2008 was Lullabies and Wildflowers (VMG, Universal), a sophisticated lullabies album inspired by motherhood, and made when Melissa’s first daughter was almost one year old. Inspired by classic songs from gentle folk to jazz, Melissa also wrote a song called “Gentle Child.” She sings an original song by her brother Mike, who also accompanies her on a deeply moving version of The Beatles’ Goodnight. This album continues to explore Melissa’s interest in finding a unique musical sound. In it, she blends traditional and unusual lullabies, creating a loving and evocative tribute to all mothers. Reviews called it soothing, serene and sensual, “a reflection on the journey of motherhood; most of the album has a jazzy feel with some pop influences and light tingles of gentle folk music. The songs sway with rhythmic care and gentleness like the rise and fall of calm waves” (Jordan Richardson).

    In October 2011, Ghostlight Records released the long-awaited Legrand Affair – an exciting collaboration with multi-Oscar Award-winning film/jazz/pop composer Michel Legrand, one of Melissa’s musical idols, who conducted, arranged, and wrote new material for Melissa with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. Melissa had starred on Broadway in Amour, Michel Legrand’s Broadway composing debut, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Legrand then wanted to work together on a solo CD of his music. It was recorded with a 100-piece pop symphony in Brussels, and a superlative jazz rhythm section of Steve Gadd and David Finck. In the winter and spring of 2005-2006, she gave sneak-peek concerts of this material at The Kennedy Center with The National Symphony (conducted by Marvin Hamlisch), solo several times at Joe’s Pub, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, and The Living Room, and on Smooth Jazz CD 101.9FM Radio. The release was delayed by the birth of Melissa’s three daughters, and was well worth the wait! The Wall Street Journal called it “spectacularly beautiful” and “one of the most essential vocal records of the decade.”

    As a live concert singer, Melissa has sung on concert stages and intimate clubs with equal joy, from Avery Fisher Music Hall to Joe’s Pub, from The Kennedy Center Opera House to the Cafe Carlyle and Wolf Trap. She has won rave reviews for her appearances, and is often a favorite to perform at charity events and concerts nationwide, including her esteemed 2008 London debut at the Palladium Theater with The Royal Philharmonic. She is a regular at New York’s Symphony Space “Wall to Wall” series and City Center, and for many years has sung the National Anthem live on CBS at the US Open, at Madison Square Garden and around the world. In 2004, she played the Oak Room (with a five-piece band) at the Algonquin Hotel in a show called “Spring Fever,” featuring original and classic sophisticated rock standards by the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and younger new songwriters like her brother Mike Errico, and pianist/ arranger Clifford Carter (James Taylor Band). In 2006 and 2008, she appeared at Joe’s Pub and in 2006-2007 for seven successful engagements at Birdland Jazz Club, where she freshly re-envisioned such songs as “I’ve Grown Accustomed to [His] Face” and Sondheim’s “Not While I’m Around,” “I Remember,” and “Move On.” In 2012, she did a week-long concert engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below and was praised by The New York Times as funny, “blindingly glamorous” and in spectacular voice: “Melissa can take a sumptuous Broadway ballad to the moon and back” (Stephen Holden).

    She debuted her new one-woman show, co-written with Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker) at The Public Theater in November 2015, titled “Sing The Silence” with original music written for her by Scott Frankel, David Shire and Peter Mills. It was inspired by Elaine Stritch’s At Liberty. Melissa continues to perform in both performing arts centers and intimate venues, including multi-night engagements at Joe’s Pub and a return to Feinstein’s/54Below. Her performance calendar can be located here.